More than 20 people are dead in the wake of Harvey, the tropical storm that continued wreaking havoc on Wednesday in the Texas community of Port Arthur, where rains flooded most major roads out of the city and swamped a shelter for victims fleeing the storm that has already ravaged the Houston area.
At least 21 deaths have been officially recorded, according to NBC News. The toll rose after the Texas Department of Pulic Safety confirmed two deaths, Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office confirmed two drowning deaths and six more bodies were found in a van went missing on Sunday morning. Divers recovered the bodies of a 16-year-old girl, 14-year-old boy, 8-year-old boy, 6-year-old girl and two of their great-grandparents, ages 81 and 84, Harris County Sheriff's officials said.
"Our worst fears have been realized," Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in an afternoon news conference.
News 4's Ray Villeda was in towns outside Houston Wednesday reporting as rescues and recoveries continue. See his reports below.