Incredible before-and-after photos show Houston's devastation and recovery from Harvey's catastrophic floods

houston flood harvey 4X3Before and after the floods from tropical storm Harvey dumped over 2 feet of rain on Houston, Texas in three days.Shutterstock/Reuters/Business Insider

HOUSTON (AP) - Photos taken just a week apart show how the Houston area is starting to recover after the devastation of Harvey's catastrophic floods that left homes and roads under several feet of water.

Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast of Texas Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane. It soon downgraded to a tropical storm but lingered for days, dropping record amounts of rain on Houston and the surrounding area.

Here's what some areas look like where the floodwaters have receded:

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Incredible before-and-after photos show Houston's devastation and recovery from Harvey's catastrophic floods

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Many areas in Houston and the surrounding areas that had dried out looked like a storm had never passed through. But hundreds of thousands of people need federal assistance, and recovery will likely take months, if not years.
Cars drove down roads on Tuesday that Harvey had turned into rivers, filled during the storm with evacuees seeking higher ground.
Debris from a flood-ruined house in Spring was on Tuesday piled up in the now-dry front yard. On Aug. 28, the same property was submerged under floodwaters that nearly reached the top of the front door.
Roads in Houston that a week ago were swamped with waist-deep water packed with boats ferrying drenched and terrified residents to safety are now dry and busy with regular traffic — cars and trucks.
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