Hurricane Harvey: Receding Floodwaters Reveal Scale of Devastation in East Texas | NBC Nightly News

>> Reporter: JACOB RASCON, NBC NEWS, HOUSTON, TEXAS >> Reporter: I'M MIGUEL ALMAGUER IN EAST TEXAS, WHERE TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME, FLOODWATERS ARE SLOWLY RECEDING, SO MANY HERE HAVE LOST SO MUCH

FOR WALTER SIMMONS, THERE IS ONLY HEARTBREAK AT HOME >> WHAT COULD BE WORSE? DOES IT MATTER WHETHER IT'S 4 INCHES OR 24 INCHES? IT DOESN'T MATTER >> Reporter: HIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN PORT ARTHUR WAS UNDER 2 FEET OF WATER THE ONLY THING KEEPING HIM AFLOAT NOW IS FAMILY AND FRIENDS >> THEIR HOMES ARE UNDER WATER

THEIR TRUCKS ARE GONE THEIR CARS ARE GONE THAT'S REALLY THE MOST HEARTBREAKING THING IS YOU SEE HOW MUCH EVERYONE'S LOST >> Reporter: NEARBY CITIES LIKE BEAUMONT ARE STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE POWER AND WATER THE MASSES WAITING IN LINE FOR HOURS THAT CAN STRETCH SEVERAL CITY BLOCKS

>> A LOT OF THE STORES ARE PRETTY MUCH EMPTY OF EVERYTHING, SO — >> Reporter: YOU NEED EVERYTHING? >> YEAH, WE'RE STARTING COMPLETELY OVER >> Reporter: TONIGHT THE MILITARY'S BRINGING IN WHAT'S NEEDED MOST GABE GUTIERREZ IS IN THE AIR >> SO, THE FLOODWATERS ARE RECEDING, BUT THERE IS NOW A CRITICAL NEED FOR DRINKING WATER, TONS OF IT NOW BEING DELIVERED EVERY DAY >> Reporter: OVER THE WEEKEND, THERE WERE MORE THAN 50 WATER RESCUES

THOUSANDS OF EVACUEES SHIPPED OUT OF OVERWHELMED SHELTERS, SOME BEING FLOWN HOURS AWAY, WHILE MAJOR INTERSTATES LIKE I-10 ARE JUST BEGINNING TO DRY OUT TONIGHT IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS THERE'S CONCERNS OVER SEWAGE AND TOXINS, BUT THERE IS ALSO RESILIENCE AND A PROMISE TO RETURN >> WE ARE SURVIVORS BECAUSE WE KNOW WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE TOMORROW >> Reporter: YOU'RE COMING HOME >> THAT'S RIGHT

WE'RE COMING HOME IT'S GOING TO BE A FEW MONTHS >> Reporter: EVEN THOUGH THE FLOODWATERS HERE HAVE JUST RECEDED, MANY PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO CLEAN UP, AND THE DAMAGE, THERE'S NO QUESTION IT WILL BE IN THE BILLIONS IT'S ALSO INSIDE SO MANY HOMES THERE IS ROT DAMAGE AS WELL AS MOLD, BUT EVERYONE HER

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