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AP PHOTOS: Emergency crews overwhelmed by rescue calls

Posted August 29

— Emergency crews have been overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says emergency personnel have conducted more than 3,500 rescues since Harvey's floodwaters began overtaking the city. The Coast Guard said it also had rescued more than 3,000 by boat and air and was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

By Tuesday, 9,000 people had arrived at the city's largest shelter set up inside the George R. Brown Convention Center — which originally had an estimated capacity of 5,000.

"We are not turning anyone away. But it does mean we need to expand our capabilities and our capacity," Turner said. "Relief is coming."

Houston officials said they will open two or three more mega-shelters to accommodate people who continue to arrive at the overflowing

Sometime Tuesday or early Wednesday, parts of the Houston region will probably break the nearly 40-year-old U.S. record for the biggest rainfall from a tropical system — 48 inches (120 centimeters) — set by Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978 in Texas, meteorologists said.

Forecasters expect the system to stay over water with 45 mph (72 kph) winds for 36 hours and then head back inland east of Houston sometime Wednesday. The system will then head north and lose its tropical strength.

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers covering Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

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