A curfew was imposed until further notice in Houston, a city hit by unprecedented floods, in particular to prevent looting, the mayor of the city told a press conference.
The mayor said the curfew would take effect on Tuesday evening from 0500 GMT and would be lifted daily at 10:00 a.m.
“We have thousands of people in the shelters and have left their homes and are waiting for the water to recede,” he said.
The police chief said the curfew was due to “looting,” pointing to armed robbers.
“We have many threats, not only security, but safety … there are a lot of debris.”
On the other hand, officials in Houston are planning to open two or three large shelters to accommodate the arrivals on a continuous basis to the George Brown Convention Center seeking refuge after the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The center already has more than 9,000 people, nearly double the number that officials planned to host, according to city mayor Sylvester Turner.
More than 17,000 people have sought refuge in shelters in Texas, and it is certain that this number will increase, according to the American Red Cross.
The storm continues to cause losses even as weather forecasts improve slightly.
Two 70-year-old dams in central Houston and another in a suburb began flooding on Tuesday, causing water levels to rise due to Harvey, paralyzed after five consecutive days of tropical rain.