>> A man stranded by flooding in east Houston, waving a white flag to be saved. Thousands like him already rescued, with police, firefighters, and National Guard troops working around the clock to locate those still marooned by the unprecedented flooding.>> Were you expected?>> No, not at all.
Nobody expected this.>> The rainfall breaking records Tuesday, with one station marking over 51 inches, the most rain from a tropical system ever recorded for the continental US. The slow-moving storm has killed at least 11 people, including a police officer who drowned in his patrol car. Shelters around the city filled to the brim with those who left their homes behind.
Reuters correspondent Peter Henderson is in a shelter in North Houston.>> I'm at a transit shelter, where folks who have often been boated out their house, put into a bus, get brought here. They get some food. They get some clothes if they need it and then they get on another school bus, off to a Red Cross shelter for the night.
I think the big question for everyone in this region is, is there enough room for all the people? The mayor of Houston said that the main shelter downtown takes 9,000 people and he's asked FEMA for 10,000 more beds.>> Harvey was the most powerful storm to hit Texas in 50 years, and the city is bracing for even more rain in the coming days.
>> Please be on notice. The situation still remains dynamic and will be dynamic throughout the next 24 hours.>> Officials in the county where Houston is located said its reservoirs were starting to overflow, reportedly for the first time ever, and urged residents in neighboring areas to evacuate as they released water to alleviate pressure from the dams.
And, a breached levee south of Houston prompted this alarming tweet from Brazoria county officials Tuesday morning, calling for residents to quote, get out now. Harvey's expected to reach Louisiana early on Wednesday, one day after the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans' mayor urged city residents there to shelter in place through the storm.