August 30, 2017 / 12:44 AM / 2 years ago

U.S. Coast Guard has saved 4,322 lives in Houston flooding: official

Evacuees leave a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter after being rescued from flooding due to Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, August 27, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland/Handout via REUTERS

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard has saved 4,322 lives in the Houston area through search-and-rescue operations since Sunday, the commander of the Houston-Galveston office said on Tuesday.

Captain Kevin Oditt told a media briefing the Coast Guard was continuing to conduct operations to retrieve people stranded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Reporting by Gary McWilliams; Editing by Peter Cooney

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