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Harvey's Deadly Toll: The Victims Of Texas' Devastating Floods

A small businessman trying to protect his shop, a policeman determined to make it to work, a mother holding her daughter as waters swept them away: The high waters in Houston have been fatal.
Members of the Harris County Sheriff's Office stand at the launching point for civilian rescue boats in Cypress, Texas on Tuesday. The sheriff's office and other local authorities have confirmed multiple deaths caused by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding. / MANDEL NGAN / Getty Images

As devastating floods continue across Houston and the Texas coast, rescue teams have brought hope, heroism and much-needed relief to the stranded.

But help came too late for some. At least 10 people are confirmed to have died after Hurricane Harvey hit the region with catastrophic rainfall, and that toll is expected to rise.

Some victims died in their workplaces, or on the way to work.

Alexander Kwoksum Sung, 64, drowned inside his clock repair business, according to Harris County officials and The Associated Press.

He had been repairing clocks in South Houston

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