HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Harvey and the storm’s aftermath (all times local):
Firefighters in Houston are battling a blaze at a building still surrounded by Harvey’s floodwaters on the city’s west side.
Houston TV station KTRK reported Saturday that firefighters were being hampered by burglar bars on windows around the building, which appears to be a multi-family dwelling.
Parts of west Houston are still inundated from the release of floodwater from nearby reservoirs that are designed to catch storm runoff.
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday said the ongoing release of water could keep thousands of homes flooded for up to 15 days. He told residents that if they stayed and later needed help, first responders’ resources could be further strained.
Harvey dumped up to 50 inches of rain on the Houston-area after making landfall last week as a powerful hurricane.
President Donald Trump is set to stop in Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey damage from Harvey.
The White House says he’ll have time to talk to residents still recovering from the devastation. He’s also expected to meet with volunteers.
Those elements were missing from his first visit to the region on Tuesday. He was criticized as being off-key for a presidential trip to discuss communities in crisis.
Harvey made landfall in Texas last week as a Category 4 hurricane and lingered for days in the region, causing catastrophic flooding and killing at least 42 people.
One week after Harvey roared into the Gulf Coast, residents of a Texas city struggle with no drinking water, fires continue to erupt at a stricken chemical plant and funerals begin for some victims.
People waited in a line that stretched for more than a mile to get bottled water after the municipal system failed earlier this week in Beaumont, Texas, home to almost 120,000 people.
In Crosby, near Houston, thick black smoke and towering orange flames shot up Friday after two trailers of highly unstable compounds blew up at Arkema, a flooded chemical plant. It was the second fire there in two days.
President Donald Trump is set to visit the region devastated by Harvey for a second time Saturday.