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>> As Harvey heads east, water still rising in some parts of Houston. Civilian volunteers rescuing hundreds of residents from the flood. I'm Andy Sullivan in Houston where an an impromptu floatel of vast boats, jet skis and Zodiac rafts has been pulling people out of this flooded neighborhood for hours.
It's a vivid example of the can-do volunteer spirit that's pulling people together in the wake of this devastating hurricane. The storm claiming the lives of dozens of people so far, and it's already ranking as one of the costliest in US history. Officials saying more than 1,000 homes has been destroyed, and another 49,000 severely damaged.
Mike Epstein, reluctant to leave his home in the affluent Houston neighborhood of Briar Forest.>> Sir, we need to get moving.>> Looks like these chairs are gonna be too wet.>> He thought he's home was on high enough ground until Wednesday, after officials opened two nearby reservoirs to prevent them from collapsing completely.
>> We can get you in pretty easy, but the water's coming up.>> Sir, we need to go.>> All right.>> Like many others in Houston, Epstein not sure when he'll be able to come back home.>> Been here 30 years. Don't, Don't really like the idea of leaving.
>> Then I'll jump in.>> The storm has forced tens of thousands of others to seek shelter since first coming ashore last Friday, as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years. We've been witnessing these rescue operations for several hours, they're still pulling people out of the neighborhoods, and these flood waters are still rising.
It's a vivid sign of the steep challenges ahead for Houston. The storm has passed on, but they have a long intensive rebuilding effort that's likely to stretch on for years.