(KRIV) - As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to impact southeast Texas, Port Arthur residents are now seeing the effects and asking for help.
Authorities in Port Arthur are working to rescue hundreds of citizens who are trapped by the rising floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey.
They are asking people to display a signal such as a white towel, sheet or shirt out their window to let volunteer rescuers know they need help.
If you need rescued please display a white towel, sheet, shirt or anything to let volunteer rescuers know.— CityofPortArthur (@port_arthurtx) August 30, 2017
The city is also calling for anyone with boats to assist with rescues.
Port Arthur Mayor Derrick Freeman said Wednesday morning the city is using dump trucks to evacuate residents. People are advised to be on the lookout from a safe spot.
Port Arthur quickly became a trending topic on Twitter Wednesday morning as users tweeted out requests for rescues. Users provided specific addresses in hopes law enforcement and other rescue operations would help.
Water rising quick please help ASAP please!!— LO.: (@LOsoCALIENTE) August 30, 2017
820 smith street, port Arthur Texas,77640 pic.twitter.com/bV0pqG8VgI
3333 RIDGEMONT DR #313— Tra$h (@MildnMiles) August 30, 2017
NO POWER, 12+ INCHES OF WATER IN THE HOUSE. JUST ME AND MY MAMA. PLEASE SEND HELP.
@kellierowe 5047 7th st port arthur tx 77642.. please send help ASAP— joricakess (@joricakess) August 30, 2017
The Jefferson County, Texas Office of Emergency Management reported about 4:30 a.m. an overwhelming amount of 911 calls from the area.
"Once there is daylight we will resume water rescues operations. Currently the 911 system is overloaded with calls from Port Arthur, so please be patience and we will answer your calls as fast as we can and get that information to the appropriate agencies," the wrote in a Facebook post.
Around 3:30 a.m., users tweeted a picture of the Bob Bowers Civic Center, which had become a shelter area for Southeast Texas residents seeking refuge. The picture shows the building itself had been flooded.
The worst happening in Port Arthur.— Taylor Reed (@rollbluetide) August 30, 2017
The RedCross shelter keeping folks dry who had to be rescued from their flooded homes... has now flooded pic.twitter.com/Fwp1eGkLxH
These are beds... in Port Arthur shelter... where people were sleeping who had been flooded out of their beds at home... pic.twitter.com/dFBzxm8gys— Taylor Reed (@rollbluetide) August 30, 2017
Users are also sharing pictures of what they see in Port Arthur:
6:50 am in Port Arthur from my bedroom window pic.twitter.com/gAqz4ao6NX— Trill Familia (@4GP5) August 30, 2017
My view pic.twitter.com/0agY0ycoXT— MAYOR OF PA (@MayorOfPa) August 30, 2017
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