August 30, 2017 / 1:40 PM / a year ago

Houston-area watershed levels have crested: county official

HOUSTON (Reuters) - More homes in areas of west Houston have flooded but water levels in the Houston-area have crested, reducing the danger of new flooding, a county official said on Wednesday.

A car dealership is covered by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters near Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The number of homes flooded by waters near two Houston reservoirs has climbed to 4,000, said Jeff Linder, a Harris County flood control official, said in a televised briefing.

“We are getting close to the peak (water level)” in two reservoirs in west Houston, Linder said. “We are looking at a significantly better situation” than what officials were expecting, he said.

Reporting by Gary McWilliams; Editing by Paul Simao

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