Rescuers have begun door-to-door checks of tens of thousands of Houston homes, searching for victims – either dead or alive – left behind in the flood waters of Storm Harvey.

More than 200 firefighters, police officers and urban search-and-rescue team members have begun working their way from house to house, hunting for survivors or bodies.

At least 38 people have been killed, including a family of six whose van was swept off a Houston bridge by violent flood waters. The death toll is expected to rise.

As the flood waters recede, residents dump soggy furniture, carpet and wood in front of their homes, ruined in the raging waters.

Crews are using GPS devices to log checked homes rather than painting neon X’s on the outside – as they did following Hurricane Katrina – to avoid alerting potential thieves to vacant homes.

More than one million people have been displaced by the hurricane and subsequent flooding, which has damaged over 87,000 homes and forced over 32,000 people into temporary shelters.

Assurances have been made to storm victims living in the country illegally, that they will not be targeted if they access emergency services.

While the storm has now moved on to threaten Port Arthur, on the Texas-Louisiana border, many parts of south eastern Texas and south western Louisiana remain submerged.

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