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Flooding from Harvey has paralyzed the country's fourth biggest city, forcing thousands to flee as rivers rise to levels not seen in centuries.

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    1. Houston under water

    2. Members of the Nguyen family return to their home for the first time since Harvey floodwaters arrived in Houston. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    3. A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayouin a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    4. A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising water of Buffalo Bayou in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    5. Residents wade with their belongings through flood waters in Northwest Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    6. Jonathan Evans floats his possessions on a paddle board with Stacey Brown (C) and Amanda Smith pushing floating tubs of theirs in northwestern Houston. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    7. A boat looks for evacuees past businesses left flooded along Highway 6 in West Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    8. A Houston Police vehicle drives along a flooded street in the rising water of Buffalo Bayou in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    9. A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayou in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    10. A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayou in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    11. A worker helps a woman from a rescue boat as it evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayou in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    12. A volunteer searches for evacuees through flood waters in Northwest Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    13. Emory Carter retreives his hat and wallet from his car in front of his house in northwestern Houston. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    14. People ride a boat though flood water after being evacuated in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    15. A rescue boat evacuates people from the rising waters of Buffalo Bayou in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    16. Volunteers with boats wait to evacuate victims stuck in floodwaters in western Houston. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    17. People unload belongings and dogs to cross a bridge to evacuate in a neighborhood west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    18. People wait to get into one of the few open grocery stores in Houston. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    19. Sunlight breaks through storm clouds as a helicopter hovers above the Houston skyline. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    20. People ride a watercraft though flood water after being evacuated west of Houston. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

    21. A military helicopter and personnel rescue a stranded resident in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    22. A man is evacuated from the floodwaters in Houston. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    23. Residents are rescued by boat in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    24. Rescue helicopters land on the Eastex Freeway in Houston. Texas Military Department/via REUTERS

    25. A family is evacuated on an air mattress in Houston. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    26. A man wearing a Houston Texans shirt raises his arm as residents are rescued in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    27. Residents wade through flood waters in Beaumont Place, Houston. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    28. Samaritans help push a boat with evacuees to high ground along Tidwell Road in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    29. A woman holds her dog as she arrives to high ground after evacuating her home along Tidwell Road in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    30. Residents use boats to evacuate flood waters along Tidwell Road in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    31. Laquanta Edwards holds her one year old daughter Ladaja and nine-month-old son LaDarius after they arrived to high ground by boat along Tidwell Road in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    32. A man wades through floodwater in Houston. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

    33. Houses and cars are seen partially submerged in east Houston. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    34. A resident wades through flood waters in east Houston. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    35. A woman holds her child after arriving to high ground due along Tidwell Road in east Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    36. Rescue vehicles drive past flooding on Interstate 610 in Houston. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

    37. A man wades through floodwater in Houston. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

    38. A civilian owned vehicle drives through floodwaters performing search and rescue in Houston. REUTERS/Nick Oxford

    39. Isiah Courtney and his one-year-old daughter Aubry wade through flood waters in Beaumont Place, Houston. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    40. Residents board the bed of a tow truck after being rescued in east Houston. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    41. A volunteer looks for people wanting to be evacuated in Dickinson. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

    42. Domenique Scales (C), wipes tears from her face after being rescued from the flood waters in Beaumont Place, Houston. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    43. Interstate highway 45 is submerged during widespread flooding in Houston. REUTERS/Richard Carson

    44. Andrew Mitchell helps his neighbor Beverly Johnson onto a rescue boat in Beaumont Place, Houston. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

    45. A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    46. Jesus Rodriguez rescues Gloria Garcia in Pearland, in the outskirts of Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    47. Members of the Duong family walk through flood waters on the feeder road of Interstate 45 in Houston. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

    48. Texas National Guard soldiers aid residents in heavily flooded areas in Houston. Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD/Texas Military Department/via REUTERS

    49. A Texas National Guard soldier carries a woman on his back as they conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston. 1Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD/Texas Military Department/ via REUTERS

    50. Evacuees are airlifted in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter after flooding inundated neighborhoods in Houston. U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland/via REUTERS