>> Emergency teams on Monday wading through chest high waters in parts of Texas.>> Okay, we'll try to get a boat out here.>> Rescuing thousands of trapped residents after Harvey pounded the area with intense rains causing massive flooding.>> So the house is totaled. All my furniture's totaled.
>> The Federal Emergency Management Agency calling on all residents to help with the response and even assist with search and rescue efforts if they can.>> We're expecting, based on this event, over 450,000 potential registers of disaster victims. That is a huge number.>> The tropical storm, which started off as a hurricane, killing at least two people so far.
As it lingers around Texas's Gulf Coast, where it's forecast to stay for several more days, dumping a year's worth of rain in the span of just a week. Reuters correspondent Ernie Scheyder is in Houston.>> You can see just over my shoulder here, Brays Bayou, which has breached its banks, and is going a little bit on, what you can see this running trail here.
There's a lot of forecast rains coming for the next few days, so it could rise again. Driving around the city, there are some roads still open, some roads re-opening, but still a vast majority of roads are flooded over.>> Schools, offices and airports flooded, and over 5,000 people are already in shelters.
>> The emphasis, again, rescue people, especially seniors, those with disabilities, those in life-threatening situations.>> And as water levels continue to rise, the US Army Corps of Engineers was forced to release water from two reservoirs near Houston earlier than expected to ensure the safety of nearby residents. The storm hitting the heart of the US energy industry, knocking out 11% of US refining capacity and pushing up US gasoline prices.
And it's going to get worse before it gets better. The National Weather Service says the heaviest flooding is expected Wednesday and Thursday.