Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump returns to Texas to meet Storm Harvey victims

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Frederick Owens | 03 September, 2017, 15:07

As lawmakers spar in Washington over government spending, Trump requested Friday $7.85 billion in emergency relief spending and assured reporters outside the center that he would come through with the package.

Hurricane Harvey is Trump's first natural disaster as president and it could be the costliest natural disaster in USA history.

Busloads of people fleeing floodwaters around Port Arthur arrived in Lake Charles, joining locals who had already packed into shelters to escape waterlogged homes.

The bakers from the El Bolillo bakery in Houston could not leave after a late shift because of water levels outside the shop.

The cross-border solidarity comes amid a brewing row as President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he plans to build a border wall on the southern United States border to keep out illegal immigrants and criminals, threatening to make Mexico pay for it.

In addition to aircraft, trucks and personnel, Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, the four-star commander of the U.S. Northern Command, said two Navy ships are enroute to the Texas coast to assist with search and recovery efforts.

Before Pence spoke in Rockport, Abbott signed a proclamation declaring Sunday a day of prayer in Texas for those affected by the storm.

The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. "But still so much to do. Will be back tomorrow!" The historic storm has left tends of thousands in temporary shelters. There were "at least four explosions", officials said.

Trump Returns To Texas To See Hurricane Harvey Recovery In Houston
National Hurricane Center is downgrading Harvey to a tropical depression, but says catastrophic flooding continues. Floodwaters also toppled two oil storage tanks in South Texas, spilling nearly 30,000 gallons of crude.


Trump asks for initial $7.85 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief
Vice President Mike Pence toured damage in Rockport, Texas, on Thursday. "It looks like around about 100,000 affected homes". On Tuesday, the President's campaign asked supporters to donate to charities involved in the Texas recovery effort .


Jacob Eason Leaves Game With Leg Injury
Capitalizing on penalties and miscues by the Mountaineers, Georgia finished with a 368-284 advantage in total yards. It seemed like it would come at a crucial time and knock us off the sticks, and then you can't get back on.


In Houston, water from overfilled reservoirs was expected to be released over the next 10 to 15 days, Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday. When we see neighbors in need, we rush to their aid. Yesterday we had water and today it's all swept up and cleared up.

Houston expanded, in part, by paving over wetlands, which can soak up large amounts of flood water.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said more than 42,000 people spent Thursday night in 258 shelters across Texas and another 3,000 Texans did so in neighboring Louisiana.

About 100 miles east, Beaumont residents could find themselves without running water Thursday morning.

One bright spot: the Houston Astros, the city's major league baseball team, announced they will be home for games this weekend.

The Astros abandoned their home stadium this week for three games in Florida against the Texas Rangers. "We hope that we can put smiles on some faces".

"You would have seen widespread damage with Harvey no matter what, but I have no doubt it could have been substantially reduced", Jim Blackburn, co-director of Rice University's research center on severe storm prediction and disaster evacuation, told the Post.

"It could be more", he told Houston's KTRK-TV.

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