Harvey hoaxes: Officials debunk rumors of sharks, water shutdowns, more

As Harvey roared through Texas, so did rumors across the internet of sharks on the freeway, utility shutdowns, fake emergency phone numbers and more.

Here are some of the hoaxes that have made the rounds online.

No, that isn't the number for the National Guard.

Multiple tweets and Facebook posts falsely claimed a phone number for an out-of-state insurance company was actually for summoning the National Guard. Officials said 911 is still the best way to get emergency help.

No, Corpus Christi didn't cut off utilities.

Corpus Christi debunked a rumor ahead of the storm that claimed utilities would be shut off in anticipation of Harvey's landfall.

No, Houston did not shut off their water.

Rumors flew on social media that Houston would cut off the city's water supply. Houston's Office of Emergency Management responded on their official Twitter account that their water was safe to drink and was meeting the city's needs.

No, Corpus Christi isn't restricting re-entry.

Corpus Christi shot down rumors after a viral Facebook that falsely claimed to be from a city official. The post said residents would not be allowed to return until critical services were restored and photo identification would be required to re-enter the city.

Corpus Christi debunked the rumor on their official Twitter account.

No, there aren't sharks swimming up the freeway.

A photo of a shark apparently swimming up a flooded Texas freeway has been fooling the internet for years.

The hoax first made the rounds on the internet in 2011, when someone claimed the image was taken in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irene. It was debunked as a fake on Snopes, which claims the image was stolen from a 2005 photo of a kayaker being trailed by a shark.

No, Katie Couric. Alligators aren't out there either.

Even veteran journalist Katie Couric was fooled by a photo of an alligator, which she said was in "my friend's Houston 'hood." She later said someone had sent it to her friend, who then forwarded it to her in an apparent "double punk."

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