Updated at 12:27 p.m.
Authorities in Harris County, Texas, urged residents to seek refuge on their roofs as many parts of the county were inundated by flooding caused by tropical storm Harvey, and the National Weather Service called the event “unprecedented … & beyond anything experienced.”
The City of Houston urged residents to call only if there was imminent danger, saying that the city’s 911 lines are at capacity. That tweet was followed by a string of pleas from help from Houston residents, many of whom said they could not reach emergency responders by calling 911, and were in imminent danger from rising floodwaters. The National Weather Service urged residents to follow orders from officials. “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the service said in a tweet.
In Washington, meanwhile, President Trump sent a string of tweets taking a strikingly different tone than that being employed by the emergency-management officials on the ground in Texas, saying that relief efforts were “going well.” (He also found time on Sunday morning to recommend a book by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, weigh in on the Senate election in Missouri, tout his proposal for a wall along the Mexican border, and emphasize the importance of renegotiating NAFTA.)