HOUSTON (AP) -- In a glimmer of hope for the hurricane's victims, Harvey's floodwaters are beginning to drop across much of the Houston area, officials said Wednesday. But as the crisis eases, the storm could begin to give up its dead.

"We have good news," said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District. "The water levels are going down. And that's for the first time in several days."

The number of confirmed deaths rose to 20 when authorities reported that two men drowned on Monday. One of them drove around a barricade and into standing water, while the other tried to swim across a flooded road.

Authorities expect the toll to rise as the waters recede and they are able to take full stock of the death and destruction wrought by the catastrophic storm.

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