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>> Explosions reported in the early hours of Thursday, at a chemical plant outside of Houston damaged by flood waters. The Arkema facility in Crosby, Texas, makes organic pesticides and stores volatile compounds that need to be kept refrigerated, the facility lost power on Sunday.>> We have been expecting these chemicals to eventually catch fire.
This is why we helped coordinate an evacuation of all residents within a one and a half mile radius. That fire happened around midnight.>> Two blasts were reported on Thursday, in a statement the company saying the authorities agrees the best course of action is to let any chemical fires burn out.
>> Exposure to smoke from these organic peroxides is similar to standing over a burning campfire. Based on this information, we believed the smoke is a non-toxic irritant.>> Meanwhile, Houston's fire and rescue workers face a much larger task. After days of desperately trying to rescue Houston's residents trapped or fleeing flood water.
On Thursday the city's fire department will begin a block by block search hoping to find anyone left alive, and to get a tally of the dead. The streets likely remained flooded for days and possibly weeks. As the US Army Corps continues to release water from the city's reservoirs to prevent undue pressure on damns and spillways.
>> Since the reservoir is at peak, we shouldn't generally see any higher amounts of water in this area right here. So if water is not in your house in these areas right behind us, it probably will not get into your house.>> The storm forced 32,000 people into shelters since it came ashore Friday.
Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years.>> Houston wasn't prepared, the government wasn't prepared, the mayor wasn't prepared.>> A Reuters survey of satellite imagery and property, showing $23 billion worth of property affected in just two counties around Houston. Estimates for total damage range up to $75 billion.
Signs of life returning to the ravaged city, the first flight out of Houston since the storm taking off on Wednesday.>> Thousands of people just stranded, we were lucky enough to find a hotel for the last, since Saturday.>> And the city's NFL team was finally able to return from Dallas.
But the Texans pre-season home game against the Cowboy scheduled for Thursday remains cancelled.>> You know football's important and we're gonna get back to football here pretty soon. There's no doubt that, but right now family's the priority.>> Tropical storm Harvey continuing to weaken as it moves inland over Louisiana and Mississippi, where it's forecast to dump four to eight inches of rain.