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Volunteers use their boat to help evacuate residents as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Volunteers use their boat to help evacuate residents as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  Evacuees fill up cots at the George Brown Convention Center that has been turned into a shelter run by the American Red Cross to house victims of the high water from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days.  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28: Evacuees fill up cots at the George Brown Convention Center that has been turned into a shelter run by the American Red Cross to house victims of the high water from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

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This aerial photo shows a view of damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

This aerial photo shows a view of damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  People are rescued from a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28: People are rescued from a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  Residents  are evacuated from their homes after severe flooding following Hurricane Harvey in the Cypresswood Creek subdivision in north Houston August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards of 40 inches of rain over the next couple of days.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28: Residents are evacuated from their homes after severe flooding following Hurricane Harvey in the Cypresswood Creek subdivision in north Houston August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards of 40 inches of rain over the next couple of days. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

A truck driver walks while checking the depth of an underpass during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

A truck driver walks while checking the depth of an underpass during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

This aerial photo shows damaged boats along a dock in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

This aerial photo shows damaged boats along a dock in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28:  People are rescued from a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28: People are rescued from a flooded neighborhood after it was inundated with rain water, remnants of Hurricane Harvey, on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in areas of Texas over the next couple of days. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

This aerial photo shows a view of damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

This aerial photo shows a view of damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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Conception Casa, center, and his friend Jose Martinez, right, check on Rhonda Worthington after her car became stuck in rising floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The two men were evacuating their home that had become flooded when they encountered Worthington's car floating off the road. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Conception Casa, center, and his friend Jose Martinez, right, check on Rhonda Worthington after her car became stuck in rising floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The two men were evacuating their home that had become flooded when they encountered Worthington's car floating off the road. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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Airplanes are twisted in a damaged hangar left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Rockport, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Airplanes are twisted in a damaged hangar left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Rockport, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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This Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, photo provided by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, shows her husband, Rafi, standing in waist-high water inside their flooded home in Houston's Meyerland neighborhood that was caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. Plushnick-Masti and her family intended to ride out the storm in their Houston home, but their plan changed when the floodwaters rose over the weekend. (Ramit Plushnick-Masti via AP)

This Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, photo provided by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, shows her husband, Rafi, standing in waist-high water inside their flooded home in Houston's Meyerland neighborhood that was caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. Plushnick-Masti and her family intended to ride out the storm in their Houston home, but their plan changed when the floodwaters rose over the weekend. (Ramit Plushnick-Masti via AP)

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott surveys damage on Pearl Street in Rockport, Texas, during a tour of damage from Hurricane Harvey, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.  Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott surveys damage on Pearl Street in Rockport, Texas, during a tour of damage from Hurricane Harvey, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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This photo shows The First Baptist Church roof after it was peeled off by Hurricane Harvey in Refugio, Texas, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

This photo shows The First Baptist Church roof after it was peeled off by Hurricane Harvey in Refugio, Texas, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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This aerial photo shows a view of damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

This aerial photo shows a view of damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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In this aerial photo wave crash in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

In this aerial photo wave crash in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey hit the coast as a Category 4 hurricane. (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

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Residents ride in the bed of an emergency vehicle carrying them to safety following flooding to their homes late Monday night, Aug. 28, 2017 in Lake Charles, La. Almost constant rain over the last two days from Harvey, overcame the city's drainage system, flooding several subdivisions and necessitating home rescues. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Residents ride in the bed of an emergency vehicle carrying them to safety following flooding to their homes late Monday night, Aug. 28, 2017 in Lake Charles, La. Almost constant rain over the last two days from Harvey, overcame the city's drainage system, flooding several subdivisions and necessitating home rescues. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Rescue boats fill a flooded street as flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Rescue boats fill a flooded street as flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Lake Charles rescue personnel help residents exit from the back of a vehicle late Monday night, Aug. 28, 2017, in Lake Charles, La., after flooding from Harvey's almost constant rain over the last two days overcame the city's drainage system, flooding several subdivisions and necessitating home rescues. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Lake Charles rescue personnel help residents exit from the back of a vehicle late Monday night, Aug. 28, 2017, in Lake Charles, La., after flooding from Harvey's almost constant rain over the last two days overcame the city's drainage system, flooding several subdivisions and necessitating home rescues. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Rescue boats fill Tidwell Road in Houston as they help flood victims evacuate (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Rescue boats fill Tidwell Road in Houston as they help flood victims evacuate (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Sam Speights tries to hold back tears while holding his dogs and surveying the damage to his home

Sam Speights tries to hold back tears while holding his dogs and surveying the damage to his home

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Evacuees wade down a flooded section of Interstate 610 in floodwaters from tropical storm Harvey

Evacuees wade down a flooded section of Interstate 610 in floodwaters from tropical storm Harvey

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Texas suffers under the worst tropical storm in decades (Marie D De Jesus/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas suffers under the worst tropical storm in decades (Marie D De Jesus/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Volunteers use their boat to help evacuate residents as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

A Northern Ireland man has spoken of how his Houston neighbourhood has become an ocean in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey was the fiercest hurricane to hit the US in 13 years, generating an amount of rain that would normally be seen only once in more than 1,000 years.

A huge deluge of rainfall has hit the city of Texas - America's fourth largest - since Friday. There has been so much downfall it is being measured in feet rather than inches.  While it has been downgraded into a tropical storm it continues to cause chaos and more heavy rain is expected.

Many have been left injured and out of their homes and six members of one family are feared dead.

Downpatrick man Chris Bohill has been living in Houston for the past 12 years. He spoke of the "sheer devastation" of the past days.

He told RTE News: "I have never seen anything like it in my life. Where I live there was a park and a baseball field now it's just an ocean. It is phenomenal.

"We are very lucky where we are, but there are many parts that have been devastated. They have been calling for people with specialist vehicles to help with the rescue effort. There are downtown areas that are just submerged.

Chris Bohill, originally from Co Down but now living in Houston, says the heavy flooding in Houston is ‘horrendous’

Posted by RTÉ News on Sunday, August 27, 2017

He said that the public were well prepared for the hurricane with shops picked clean of supplies in the run up. He said that they had spent the past few days watching the water inch closer to his home.

"Thank goodness it stopped," he said, "otherwise we would have had to evacuate.

"Watching the news has been absolutely horrendous - water is just everywhere. There is nearly 7 million people in this city and large parts of it are underwater."

President Trump has promised to support those in need of help. It is estimated that some 500,000 people have been affected.

Mr Trump said those affected would get what they need.

He added: "We will get through this. We will come out stronger and believe me we will be bigger, better, stronger than ever before."

Belfast Telegraph