Spider-Man visits with Harvey victims at Houston shelter

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HOUSTON — As flooding from tropical storm Harvey drives thousands of people from their homes across southeast Texas, more people are filling shelters across the Houston area.

Stef Manisero, a reporter at Spectrum News Austin, shared video of Spider-Man visiting with Harvey victims at the George R. Brown Emergency Center in Houston on Tuesday.

“Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man making kids smile at the GRB,” she wrote.

The toll that Harvey is taking on Texas is staggering.

It has dumped 11 trillion gallons of rain over the state, said Ryan Maue with WeatherBell, a weather analytics company. And by the time Harvey dissipates, the state will have seen 25 trillion gallons of rain, he predicts.

The rainfall has set a record for the most ever from a land-falling tropical cyclone in the continental U.S. Estimates put eventual total losses at as much as $75 billion. And the death toll continues to climb everyday.

“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.”