by Cheryl Piccio, ABS-CBN News
HOUSTON, TX — At least 10 people are dead, as tropical storm Harvey sweeps across Texas.
Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, has become unrecognizable as murky brown water submerged highways, houses and entire communities.
Federal officials have estimated that as many as 30,000 displaced residents may seek temporary shelter and more than 450,000 people are likely to seek federal aid, as heavy rain and surging floodwaters slam the Lone Star State.
And kababayans are among those worried for their safety, as well as their loved-ones.
“Ang aking pong anak sa kabilang subdivision ay nag alala po ako dahil 6 na araw palang sya na na nga nganak,” said resident Thess Mangahis.
“Hindi kasi kami maka alis ng bahay kaso sobrang taas na ng tubig. Tumawag ako ng 911 sinabi ko kailangan naming ng boat or helicopter dahil pataas na ng pataas ang tubig,” said Odette Graves.
Other kababayans are freaked out by what the flood brings.
“As you can see sa lakes and rivers kagaya ng nasa likod o, pag umapaw yan may mga snakes and alligators dyan mag lalabasan sila mag hahanap ng masuyo na lugar,” said Enteng Evangelista.
As they scramble to safety, these kababayans know their lives are at a standstill.
Emergency vehicles comprise most of the traffic on the roads, and many traffic signals do not work. Most businesses were closed.
Schools have also been shut down, and thousands of flights have been cancelled in Houston’s airports.
Authorities say the catastrophic flooding will likely expand and will likely persist as it’s slow to recede.