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The Latest: Louisiana governor offers aid to Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):

5:40 p.m.

Wednesday afternoon brought the unusual sight of Louisiana’s governor holding a news conference on Texas soil.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards visited a command post set up by Louisiana government agencies on the side of Interstate 10 in Orange.

Edwards said Louisiana wanted to send help, including Fish and Wildlife agents and the Louisiana National Guard because “it’s the right thing to do.”

School buses and transit buses were sent from Lake Charles to carry evacuees to two shelters the state is running there. Louisiana has also opened a shelter in Alexandria, the largest city in the central part of the state.

Edwards said he’d spoken to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Wednesday about the effort. He said Louisiana would assist for “however long it takes,” saying the state owes its western neighbor a debt for its aid in 2005.

Edwards says, “Twelve years and a day ago, it was Hurricane Katrina.”

Edwards is asking for expansion of a federal emergency disaster declaration as Tropical Storm Harvey moves through the state.

President Donald Trump already has issued such a declaration for five southwestern parishes: Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion. Edwards is seeking the addition of Allen, Acadia, Iberia,

Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine and Vernon.

The declaration authorizes the federal government to cover 75 percent of costs of certain emergency protective measures.

Xyrius Langston stood at the edge of a pond in the Houston suburb of Missouri City holding a fishing rod.

Several family members were fishing nearby. It was the third pond they had visited Wednesday, looking for something to bite.

Langston’s family spent three days inside their home in Missouri City as the floods outside reached their driveway. He says it was getting “kind of chaotic” inside so he decided to go fishing.

Standing at the pond, Langston said he hadn’t caught anything in several hours and didn’t expect to catch anything. His favorite spots along Matagorda Bay, on the other side of Houston, are still too difficult to reach as many highways and roads remain flooded.

But Langston said he couldn’t fully enjoy the weather, knowing how much of the region remains flooded in.

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He says he would be helping rescue people if he had a boat.

Rescue efforts are continuing for the human and wildlife residents of Katy, Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (Aug. 30)

Water is continuing to rise on Buffalo Bayou in Houston because of releases from one of two reservoirs in west Houston even though the rain from Tropical Storm Harvey has stopped.

Harris County Flood Control District meteorologist Jeff Lindner says it is hard to forecast what happen because several gauges that have been knocked out by the surging waters.

Buffalo Bayou heads west to east across Houston toward downtown.

He said levels in the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, which dump water into the bayou, have been constant Wednesday. Edmond Russo, regional engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, says water is being released into the bayou to create more storage capacity in case of future rain and keep the dams from overflowing.(backslash)

Lindner says he would not be surprised if the number of homes flooded reaches 100,000 in Harris County.

Source: AP