Largest Refinery in US Shuts Down Amid Massive Flooding in Texas

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The death toll has climbed to 30, according to the Times. It becomes the largest rescue center able to hold 10,000. The winds quickly slowed to a tropical storm afterward, and the danger shifted to flooding as the storm pumped more than 50 inches of rain over parts of Houston.

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"We're using the volunteers and their boats to get to those individuals", McLellan said.

"We got some water, y'all". The local CBS affiliate reports that there are no resources for water rescues in the city as a wall of water descends on its residents.

More than 13,000 people have been rescued in the aftermath of the storm, which continues to devastate the area.

The area of Lake Charles, Louisiana is expecting severe flooding from Harvey as it made landfall on the border between Louisiana and Texas early Wednesday.

He noted, however, that the number of people displaced is rapidly increasing. Authorities found a third rescuer clinging to a tree, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

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About 254,000 people live in Jefferson County. That's unleashed flood conditions the National Weather Service has called "life-threatening" and "historic", like nothing Texas has seen before.

That area is home to close to 8.5% of all refining capacity in the USA and had heavy rainfall on Tuesday that caused extensive flooding.

The situation became serious in eastern Texas today.

The outside of the Motiva oil refinery in Port Arthur, TX is seen here.

Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman said some 20,000 homes had water in them - virtually all the homes in the city. "Please get to higher ground if you can, but please try (to) stay out of attics".

Hurricane Harvey's destruction has temporarily shut down the largest oil refinery in the US due to the severe damage and flooding caused by the storm.

Record-shattering rainfall hit the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur in southeastern Texas Wednesday, unleashing flash floods that swamped hundreds of residents who had sought safety in a local shelter.

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The refinery won't reopen until floodwaters recede, the company said.

Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, reportedly began "a controlled shutdown" early Wednesday morning putting a halt to their 603,000 barrel-per-day oil operation.

Mayor Freeman, who had 3 and a half feet of water inside his own home, said eventually help will be on the way.

Some people were being moved to the Carl A Parker Multipurpose Center.

The flood victims in Port Arthur couldn't seem to catch a break.

Jefferson County Sherriff Zena Stephens told KFDM that that they couldn't get into Port Arthur to rescue people due to the severity of the flooding.

Damage to roads and fuel stations may delay some refinery restarts, he said, because they would quickly run out of storage of fuel produced.

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David Gray, a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency, said the company reported the release of 15 pounds of benzene. Exxon shut down the refining and chemical complex and said it was taking action to "minimize emissions".

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