Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

President Trump arrives in Louisiana from Texas

President Trump arrives in Louisiana from Texas

On Wednesday, CNN reporter Drew Griffin and his camera crew were conducting a live interview from Beaumont, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, reporting on the devastation that continues to ravage the region.

Numerous deaths confirmed in 11 Texas counties happened when people were caught in quickly rising floodwaters or lost control of vehicles on water-logged roads, emergency management officials said. "This is Texas and we're still one".

Most of Houston is operational and more than 95% of the city is dry, Mayor Sylvester Turner told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Flooding from Harvey caused fires at the Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.

WASHINGTON-An upbeat Donald Trump landed Saturday morning in Houston to get a firsthand look at a flooded and mud-choked metropolis devastated by Hurricane Harvey's record rainfall and storm surge, declaring himself "very happy" with rescue and recovery efforts.

Before leaving for Texas, Trump had requested $7.9 billion in initial funding for disaster relief and called for a national day of prayer on Sunday.

"The president wants to be very cautious about making sure that any activity doesn't disrupt the recovery efforts that are still ongoing", she said at the time.

Numerous individual donations ranged from $25 to as high as $5,000.

However, the removal of debris piled on the streets will require a massive effort from government agencies.

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"I lost everything. All my children's pictures of them growing up".

Now about 1,500 people remain at the convention center, and several said they were homeless, disabled, or from public housing.

Abbott said the EPA was prepared to go into these damaged sites "as quickly as possible" and cautioned people further about toxic substances in the waters all over, not just near the sites. "Everything in the house is history".

Because Texas is home to more than 8,700 of our coworkers, the storm's impact is felt by all of us.

Many areas of Texas were still battling floodwaters from swollen rivers that were expected to last for a week or more.

About 200 people waved signs and shouted as they rallied Saturday outside a still-flooded subdivision in the western suburb of Katy, demanding to know when they can return home.

More than 1,000 worshippers, including some whose homes were badly damaged by floodwater, packed the historically black church's sanctuary for a service that repeatedly addressed the tragedy that swamped so many Texas and Louisiana communities. At least 53 people have died from the catastrophic storm, and tens of thousands of people are still living in shelters.

Meanwhile, a new storm, Irma, strengthened on Friday into a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

The storm shut about a fourth of USA refinery capacity, much of which is clustered along the Gulf Coast, and caused gasoline prices to spike to a two-year high ahead of the long Labour Day holiday weekend.

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