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The Latest on Harvey: Difficult to decide rescue priorities

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THE LATEST: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says emergency personnel have responded to more than 2,000 calls to 911 for rescues in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. He said priority was being given to life-threatening calls.
   Turner also said at a news conference Sunday that he has ordered the downtown George R. Brown Convention Center opened as a shelter as floodwaters inundated much of the city.
   Turner also urged people not to drive, as numerous streets and roadways in Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, were flooded Sunday.
   The George R. Brown Convention Center has 1.8 million square feet of space.

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Harris County sheriff's spokesman Jason Spencer says flooding throughout the county that includes Houston and the region is so widespread that it's "difficult to pinpoint the worst area."
   He says authorities are prioritizing hundreds of phones calls for help to ensure life-and-death situations "are at the top of the list."
   "It's heartbreaking," he says.
   Spencer says the department has high-water vehicles and airboats but "certainly not enough."  He says officials are encouraged that rescue teams from the National Guard and state agencies have also been deployed.

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