Despite mandatory evacuations and efforts to ease the rise of the floodwaters, Harvey’s impact proved to be too much. As reservoirs spilled over capacity, some residents were trapped by rising waters. For others, attempts to leave the devastated area came too late.
Like its surrounding areas, Jefferson County, Texas, was in some parts subject to mandatory evacuations. Indeed, Port Arthur, a city situated 91 miles east of Houston, was almost entirely immersed underwater. Neighboring Beaumont, meanwhile, received nearly three feet of rain during Harvey’s onslaught.