A day before he planned to visit the flood-devastated Houston area, President Donald Trump sent a letter to Congress, in search of nearly $eight billion in aid for relief & recovery efforts in Texas & Louisiana.
The request, thought-about just an initial Harvey relief package, consists of $7.four billion for the Federal Emergency Administration Agencyâ€™s (FEMA) rapidly dwindling catastrophe aid fund & $450 million for catastrophe loans to small-business house owners.
Trump & 1st lady Melania Trump will visit Houston on Sat. in addition to Lake Charles, Louisiana, which has additionally been battered by the storm, to satisfy with storm survivors & to see firsthand the injury brought on by flooding. It is going to be their 2nd visit to the region this current week.
â€œThe president & his Homeland Safety team & the complete administration continue to focus on the lives & safety of these affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas & Louisiana,â€� White Home spokeswoman Sarah Sanders stated.
Trump additionally signed an executive order designating Sun. as a â€œDay of Prayerâ€� for the victims of Harvey.
Search & rescue
On Fri., rescuers continued their search for survivors in Texas one week after Hurricane Harvey started sweeping by means of the Gulf Coast region dumping unprecedented amounts of rain. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner warned some residents in that their homes may not dry out for weeks.
The storm has displaced greater than 1 million people & claimed the lives of no less than 39 others.
As floodwaters started to recede Fri., a few of the luckier Texans started returning to their homes to start the sobering task of assessing the injury inflicted by Harvey.
Nevertheless, Turner referred to as for more evacuations in western neighborhoods of the city which are near two overflowing reservoirs. The- Army Corps of Engineers continues to deliberately flood these areas to forestall dam & levee failures, & Sylvester stated as much as 20,000 homes will stay flooded for an additional two weeks.
Houston-area officers stated Fri. in that 156,000 homes have been broken in Harris County, which incorporates Houston, the countryâ€™s fourth most populous city.
Nearly 100 centimeters of rain
The National Weather Service reported in that Houston was inundated with greater than 99 centimeters (about 39 inches) of rain in Aug., greater than twice as much as the previous month-to-month record.
Meteorologist Jeff Lindner stated Clear Creek, Texas, nearly 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Houston, received probably the most rainfall: 120 centimeters (47 inches).
In the meantime, a brand new fire broke out Fri. night at a chemical plant in Crosby, northeast of Houston, sending an enormous plume of thick black smoke in to the air. It was the 2nd fire in two days.
The Environmental Safety Agency stated late Fri. in that it flew a aircraft by means of the chemical plant fire to monitor for any airborne poisonous chemical compounds. The- EPA stated in a press release in that a preliminary determination of the info showed in that â€œalthough the fire has excessive intensity generating smoke, no high levels of poisonous chemical have been detected.â€�
On Thurs., after the 1st explosion, 15 public safety officers have been hospitalized after inhaling fumes from chemical fires. Officers established a 2.four kilometer (1.5 miles) evacuation zone across the plant & have warned of the potential for more blazes.
Officers within the city of Beaumont, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) northeast of Houston, stated Fri. the city has gotten back some of its water service after floodwaters knocked out municipal pumps. Officers are advising residents who’ve gotten water pressure back to boil their water before drinking it. Officers allege they’re additionally making an attempt to usher in bottled water for residents.
In Harris County, which incorporates Houston, residents contemplated the daunting task of rebuilding their lives, with one group of individuals grappling with a special set of considerations. Immigrants who’re within the country not legal are afraid in that in the event in that they apply for assist they are going to be arrested. Outreach staff have been deployed to reassure them in that they won’t be detained once they seek assist.
Houston Mayor Turner had stated earlier within the week he would personally represent anyone arrested (taken in to custody) on immigration violations after in search of assist.
Cesar Espinosa, executive director of Immigrant Families & College students within the Struggle, stated Turnerâ€™s assertion was a â€œbig dealâ€� for immigrants. â€œWhen they hear it from an official, they are saying, â€˜OK, now we consider it,â€™â€� he added.
Immigration & Customs Enforcement has stated it’s â€œnot conducting immigration enforcement operations within the affected area.â€�
Nearly 780,000 Texans had been ordered to evacuate their homes & 980,000 more fled voluntarily, in accordance to federal estimates.
Tens of hundreds of packed in to evacuation centers all through the region.
Hundreds of Harris County residents who’re in shelters have lost all the things, together with their homes. Harris Country (Texas) FEMA Director Tom Fargione stated his agencyâ€™s priority now’s to relocate individuals who have lost their homes in to some form of temporary housing.
â€œThis is an incredible catastrophe when it comes to size & scope,â€� Fargione stated Thurs..
The storm shut down about a fourth of U.S. refinery capability, much of which is found alongside the Gulf Coast, & brought about gasoline costs to spike ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Several refineries on the East Coast have run out of gasoline, raising fears in that travelers will face fuel shortages throughout the three-day holiday weekend.
Considerations over provides have led the U.S. Energy Department to authorize the release of as much as four.5 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Harvey, which has lost its tropical cyclone traits, moved eastward Fri. towards the Ohio Valley, the National Weather Service reported, paving the best way for President Trumpâ€™s 2nd visit to Texas this current week.
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