Photos by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon | KUT

Christy Garcia is rescued from her home in the Lakewood Community of Houston by Mel Harris, who used his John Deere tractor to pull hundreds of people out of their flooded homes.

Rescue teams from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office help evacuate people from their homes in East Houston after record flooding.

Vehicles are submerged at North Loop and Wayside. More than 50 inches of rain fell on Houston.

A dog is taken to higher ground on Mesa Drive.

The Hernandez family evacuates their home in the Lakewood community.

A woman takes a photo of flooding on Mesa Drive from the Liberty Road overpass.

Edward Lewis Jr. looks for stranded residents in Northeast Houston.

Santiago Hernandez Jr. watches as his grandmother, Griselda Blanca, washes clothes salvaged from her flooded home.

Sherry Hubbard, Chervon Jackson and Denell Jackson clean up Hubbard's East Houston home. The women paused from cleaning inside the home when then spotted a snake

Dirandan Bateman throws away a basketball hoop from a flooded daycare center in Northeast Houston. At left is his fiancee, Leslie Gibbs.

Volunteers sort through donations at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Police pat down evacuees entering the convention center, where 9,000 people took shelter. More than 32,000 people were in shelters across the state.

Locals wait for floodwaters to recede at a gas station on Mesa Drive.

Locals walk by a burned-out car in the Lakewood neighborhood of East Houston. Neighbors say no emergency vehicles came as the car burned.

Raul Garcia gestures to a military vehicle that's carrying a news crew through the Lakewood community.

Dorris Hollis holds her husband Robert's hand at Memorial Baptist Church, which is being used as a shelter. Robert has diabetes and heart disease. The Hollis' daughter, Kristi Wiggins, and son-in-law, Karl Wiggins are at left.

Vicky Nguyen sets out items from her home in Baytown to dry. Nguyen was stranded on the second floor of her house from Friday to Wednesday.

Crosby Barbers Hill Road heading east out of Houston in impassable.