Houston TV station forced to evacuate as Harvey waters flood the newsroom
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Houston TV station forced to evacuate as Harvey waters flood the newsroom


A truck pushes through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, in Houston, Texas
A truck pushes through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, in Houston, Texas

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As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump staggering amounts of rain over Houston, KHOU-TV, 11 News, one of the city’s local TV news broadcasting stations, was forced to evacuate as flood waters surged in.

The staff first evacuated to the second floor after flood water poured in during a live broadcast.

But soon, even with floodgates set up around the building, water started gushing into the newsroom. At that point, station staff made the decision to evacuate instead.

This wasn’t the station’s first brush with a tropical storm, either. KHOU was also forced to evacuate the building during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. That prior storm — which Harvey could end up eclipsing — left 41 dead and caused around $9 billion dollars in property damages by the time it was over. 

This latest evacuation went smoothly for KHOU, at least. Everyone got out of the building, and the station is now off the air.

In case, you still haven’t realized the severity of this storm, here’s a photo of a traffic camera — usually placed at the same height as a street light — nearly submerged in downtown Houston.

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August 27, 2017
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