1 confirmed death from Harvey, gov. says flooding is 'primary' safety concern

FILE: Image shows the damage from Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas. (Credit: KEYE TV, CBS Austin)

WASHINGTON - Rockport, Texas authorities confirmed at least one death in their community due to Hurricane Harvey.

One individual was caught in a fire as Harvey swept through the town, but emergency crews didn’t know about it until after the storm passed.

In a press conference Saturday afternoon, a justice of the peace stated "we’re very blessed for what we had," noting only one casualty in his hard-hit community.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that 12 to 14 people have been injured in the storm, according to the Associated Press.

When asked what they needed, Rockport Texas Mayor’s representatives responded, "a lot of prayers."

The confirmation came only minutes after a separate press conference where Gov. Greg Abbott raised concerns about the continued dangers of heavy flooding throughout the coastal region.

Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm early on Saturday and is expected to dump an additional 20 to 30 inches of rain on the area along the coast from Corpus Christi to Houston.

"Now that the hurricane has come onshore, our primary concern remains dramatic flooding," Abbott said encouraging residents to exercise extreme caution, especially on flooded roads. "You all know the well-known phrase, turn around don't drown."

The state has now mobilized 1,000 personnel for search and rescue efforts.

Shelters are on standby and there are more than 200 buses available to evacuate residents from coastal towns.

At an earlier press conference in San Antonio, safety officials said they had not received reports of injuries from the coastal region.

The Mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg emphasized that they will continue to increase capacity for those seeking shelter and the city is prepared to handle long-term shelter.

The stated that the impact of the flooding from Hurricane Harvey is "devastating and long-term."

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