Rescue efforts continue amid rising floodwaters in Texas

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HOUSTON -- The toll that Hurricane Harvey is taking on Texas is staggering.

Already, it has dumped 11 trillion gallons of rain over the state. And by the time Harvey dissipates, the state is expected to have seen 25 trillion gallons of rain.

Between midnight Friday and 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, 49.2 inches of rain fell in Texas -- a record for continental U.S. from a landfall tropical cyclone, the National Weather Service said.

"The word catastrophic does not appropriately describe what we're facing," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents much of Houston. "We just don't know when it's going to end.

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