Sleeping In Cars, Walking Through Water, Texans Braved Harvey To Find Shelter

Sleeping In Cars, Walking Through Water, Texans Braved Harvey To Find Shelter

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long said in an earlier press conference Monday that more than 30,000 people are expected to be sheltered temporarily in the region - displaced by the state's worst storm in almost a decade.

Since Friday when Harvey reached Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, the storm has affected about 25 percent of the state's population, or 6.8 million people in 18 counties and has been blamed for at least two deaths.

More than 1,200 people have been rescued from their homes, many by air, while authorities estimated that more than 30,000 people will be left temporarily homeless by the biggest natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago.

And he has gotten a remarkable response from the city of Houston and those that care about it, with people donating more than $350,000 in roughly 12 hours. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard for rescue and recovery operations and praised the efforts of officials at all levels of the government during a news conference Monday afternoon.

The White House announced that President Donald Trump would visit Texas today.

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Authorities had fielded scores of calls for help throughout the night from people stranded by water.

He said officials are requesting volunteers and supplies for its emergency efforts.

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People evacuate a neighborhood inundated by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Monday.

Schools, airports and offices in the nation's fourth largest city were ordered shut yesterday as scores of roads turned into rivers and chest-high water filled neighbourhoods in the low-lying city that is home to about 2.3 million people.

"Forecasters are predicting up to 30" of rainfall by the time all is said and done.

As Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Houston and other parts of Texas, many couldn't help but recall Hurricane Katrina and the devastating impact it had in New Orleans.

More rain is expected in the coming days.

Also, the U.S. military released water from two major reservoirs earlier than planned to protect central Houston, a move that could itself flood several thousands homes. "Just being through school these last couple years, I know we had come through a couple rainstorms, and it has flooded a little bit".

The floods' path of destruction could destroy as much as US$20 billion in insured property, making it one of the costliest storms in history for USA insurers, according to Wall Street analysts.


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