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Death toll from Harvey reaches at least 60

Death toll from Harvey reaches at least 60
Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 18:03:00-04

HOUSTON (AP) - Officials now blame at least 60 deaths on Harvey after the storm dumped many feet of rain on several counties in a matter of days.

Many of those deaths were people drowning in flash floods or water-logged roads. But county emergency management departments across southeast Texas tell The Associated Press they are including people in their storm-related death totals who died from indirect complications of Harvey.

The huge dump of water loosened the ground around trees that have fallen into at least two homes in Montgomery County and on a car in Jasper County, accounting for some of the deaths. Power outages have knocked out electricity to medical equipment that several elderly people needed to survive. And officials say floodwaters have caused delays in responses to medical emergencies that resulted in deaths.

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Some residents hoping to get back to their usual routines in Harvey-ravaged Beaumont in southeast Texas are having trouble finding staples.

Since the storm, grocery stores have at times limited the number of shoppers allowed inside, and basics such as eggs, bread and bottled water have been scarce.

Brent Lafarge said he and his fiance went to a Family Dollar store but didn't find much. Lafarge said the store had no milk and only a few loaves of bread.

A Beaumont Walmart was low on baby wipes, frozen pizza and beer. Extra workers had been brought in to stock shelves, but they couldn't keep up.

Officials in Beaumont have struggled to repair the city's water treatment plant that failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake system and backup pumps failed.

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