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Harvey Devastation: NBC 4 on the Ground in Houston on Thursday, Aug. 31

Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone — alive or dead — who might have been left behind in Harvey's fetid floodwaters, which have now heavily damaged more than 37,000 homes and destroyed nearly 7,000 statewide.

More than 200 firefighters, police officers and members of an urban search-and-rescue team fanned out across the Meyerland neighborhood for survivors or bodies. They yelled "fire department!" as they pounded with closed fists on doors, peered through windows and checked with neighbors. The streets were dry but heaped with soggy furniture, carpet and wood.

The confirmed death toll stood at 32, though it is expected to rise. But by midday, the temporary command center in a J.C. Penney parking lot had received no reports of more bodies from the searches, which are expected to take up to two weeks.

News 4's Ray Villeda was in Houston Tuesday reporting as the devastation unfolds. See his reports below.

Ray Villeda is in Houston as firefighters go door-to-door checking on Harvey victims.
Ray Villeda is in Houston where residents are trying to clean up their homes and move on from the devastating storm.
Flood waters have receded in one area, but have risen in another. Ray Villeda reports from Houston at 6 p.m.
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