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Reports: Levee breach exacerbates Harvey's flooding disaster in Texas

The worst of the flooding from Harvey will continue for days as bayous and rivers rise following overwhelming rainfall.

Rainfall totals have already surpassed 40 inches in several locations in southeastern Texas, with over 50 inches reported at Cedar Bayou in eastern Harris County.

Harvey is being blamed for at least eight fatalities with thousands of water rescues already executed by first responders. Hundreds of thousands are expected to be in need of disaster assistance.

1:34 p.m. CDT Tuesday: The Lake Forest Utility District has issued a boil water notice for Houston. Residents are being urged to boil water for at least two minutes prior to consumption due to water pressure loss in the city's water distribution system.

1:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday: According to FEMA, around 30,000 people will need some sort of housing due to Harvey. For help, contact one of the numbers below. If it is an emergency, call 911 first.

The Houston SPCA activated its Animal Emergency Response Hotline, where a team of designated operators will be taking hurricane-related lost and found animals, rescue reports and questions related to the disaster.

1:06 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Rising floodwaters in Houston have loosened a concrete barrier along Highway 59, carrying it horizontally across the highway.

Rescuers saved two people near the San Jacinto Bridge on Tuesday morning as they stood atop a vehicle nearly submerged in floodwaters.

12:42 p.m. CDT Tuesday: President Donald Trump arrived in Texas on Tuesday to meet with local leaders and discuss recovery efforts.

"Working with the governor and his entire team has been an honor for us," President Trump said at a relief center in Corpus Christi.

12:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday: The United States Army Corps of Engineers has estimated that Houston's Barker Reservoir will crest at 104.4 feet.

"This will put several feet of water into homes between Farm to Market Road 1093 and Westheimer Parkway, east of Texas State Highway 99," said Emily Hodges from the Office of Commissioner Andy Meyers.

Fort Bend County is sending boats to assist evacuees and is asking that people place white cloths or flags outside of their homes to signal the need to evacuate.

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Water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

11:45 a.m. CDT Tuesday: More than 17,000 people are seeking refuge in Texas shelters, the American Red Cross said.

Houston Mayor announced officials have "identified other mega-shelter locations" and will set up more shelters. Houston megachurch led by Joel Osteen opened its doors to people seeking shelter.

They will not ask for immigration status or papers from anyone at any shelter.

11:27 a.m. CDT Tuesday: The Harris County Sheriff's Office is reporting that a bridge over Greens Bayou has collapsed. This area is located in northeastern Houston.

10:39 a.m. CDT Tuesday: A new Texas tropical cyclone rainfall record has been set at Mary's Creek at Winding Road located southeast of Houston. The total of 49.32 inches breaks the previous record of 48 inches set during Tropical Cyclone Amelia in 1978 at Median, Texas.

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