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Swathes of Houston were underwater on Monday, the effect of Harvey sweeping ashore on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years.
Harvey is expected to produce another 7 to 12 centimeters of rain through Thursday over part of the upper Texas coast into southwestern Louisiana, the National Weather Servicesaid. The record-breaking storm has pummeled the Lone Star state with rain and left a swath of the Houston area - a size larger than the state of DE - flooded.
Both the airports of Houston are closed with hundreds of passengers stranded, and the hurricane has forced eight oil refineries to shut down.
After landing in Texas, Mr Trump said he wanted the relief effort to stand as an example of how to respond to a storm.
"Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly", said the National Weather Service in New Orleans. So far, nine people are dead, although some outlets, including Fox News, have reported 14 dead, with an unknown number of people injured and left homeless.
"We just can't take any more", Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said Monday evening.
Bands of heavy rain from the storm have dropped more than 30 inches of rainfall in the Houston area.
Though there were some who complained that a flag would not be worth the officer risking his life, many on Twitter disagreed, understanding the officer's motivation and heart. Meanwhile, the storm could creep eastward as far as MS by Thursday, meaning New Orleans is in Harvey's path.
Trump, his aides say, is eager to avoid the mistakes made by President George W. Bush in 2005, when he took a relatively hands-off approach to the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.