Midnight curfew imposed in flooded Houston

Evacuees take shelter from Tropical Storm Harvey in the George R Brown Convention Centre in Houston, Texas, US in this August 28, 2017 handout photo. (Texas Military Department/Handout via Reuters)

HOUSTON - An overnight curfew was imposed on hurricane-struck Houston from midnight Tuesday for an indefinite period amid incidents of looting, armed robbery and people impersonating police officers, city officials said.

The curfew will run from midnight until 5am. It was originally intended to begin at 10pm but the city pushed the start back two hours to allow volunteers to continue working, Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. The city is also bringing in additional police from other regions.

"You cannot drive, nor be in any public place. We have had problems with armed robberies, with people with guns and firearms," said Houston police chief Art Acevedo.

Mr Turner earlier said the city was opening several additional emergency shelters to alleviate crowding at the convention centre, which already has 10,000 people. Some of those will be moved to a nearby concert hall and basketball arena.

One shelter will open on the city's west side, near where more than 3,000 homes have been flooded. Another centre in Humble, Texas, will house people from the city's northern suburbs, the mayor said.

The slow-moving storm has brought catastrophic flooding to Texas, killing at least 11 people and paralysing Houston. (Reuters video)

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