Officials announced early Wednesday morning that they would be evacuating that shelter and moving everyone somewhere else. It has dumped nearly 52 inches of rain in parts of Texas.
"The storm is creating an oversupply of crude oil on a temporary basis that won't be able to be relieved for a little bit until we can export and until these refineries start back up", Rob Thummel, managing director and portfolio manager at Tortoise Capital Advisors LLC, which manages $16 billion in energy-related assets, said by phone.
High water in the 603,000-barrel-per-day refinery and problems obtaining needed production supplies are impinging on operations, the sources said.
The photo, which was widely shared on Twitter, appeared to have been taken by a Houston resident. "To do this on our own, we would have to have a fleet of several hundred boats". The company explained in a statement that it doesn't have pricing for cases of water in its system and employees priced the water "by multiplying the cost of one bottle by the number of bottles in a case". The company said it dispatched workers to the region.
All refineries in the area have been severely affected by the storm. The disruption helped send motor fuel as much as 6.6 percent higher in NY, while the resulting reduction in demand from plants hit by the storm kept crude near a five-week low.
Just as refiners in South Texas are starting to recover from Harvey, forecasters have the storm gearing up for a second landfall in an area further east that includes the nation's largest refinery.
A weaker Harvey replicated its devastating roll Wednesday, returning to shore with a deluge of rain that inundated homes and highways and left police and government officials struggling to pluck people from the water.
A spokeswoman for LOOP declined to comment when asked about the level of interest in using the port in recent days.
Damage to roads and fuel stations may delay some refinery restarts, he said, because they would quickly run out of storage of fuel produced. Some have been at the civic center since Monday. The tropical storm is expected to weaken and continue north. Next week's report will likely show a "rise in crude inventories because the refineries just can't move that along to an end product".
But it still has lots of rain and potential damage to spread, with 4 to 8 inches forecast from the Louisiana-Texas line into Tennessee and Kentucky through Friday.
"It's cold and I don't know where I'm going", a female resident said at one point, as the truck growled and jolted along a flooded Texas highway.
The heart of the US energy industry suffered further damage overnight from Tropical Storm Harvey, and supply constraints could last for weeks with almost one-quarter of USA fuel output knocked out.
Volunteers from all over the country are seen traveling to Orange, Texas, where they will launch their private boats toward Beaumont and Port Arthur to save victims affected by the widespread flooding.
"If you're still in your home, we're coming", Freeman told residents, adding, "Again".
That development happened overnight, as Port Arthur and other communities struggled to cope with the amount of water they received. He also urged residents to get to higher ground, but avoid becoming trapped in attics.
Jefferson County Sherriff Zena Stephens told KFDM that that they couldn't get into Port Arthur to rescue people due to the severity of the flooding.