The Federal Emergency Management Agency is prepared to be in the Houston area “for years” as the fourth largest U.S. city takes the brunt of rainfall and flooding from the “landmark” storm Harvey, Administrator Brock Long said
“This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet,’’ Long said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program on Sunday. Asked how long he expects the agency to be in Texas responding to the aftermath of the storm, Long replied, “years.”
Thousands of people have already been rescued from flooding after Harvey slammed ashore as a Category 4 hurricane Friday night near Rockport, Texas.
The storm was the strongest to reach Texas in more than 50 years. It hammered the heart of the U.S. energy sector, devastating coastal areas and leaving almost a quarter of a million customers without power.
Harvey’s rains had reached nearly 20 inches in some parts of Texas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a Sunday morning update, and more than 3 feet of rain could fall on the state during the next few days. Two deaths have been attributed to the storm, which has also halted about one quarter of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and 5 percent of U.S. refining capacity.
“This is one of the worst if not the worst that Houston has suffered,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on ABC’s “This Week.”
The governor said that the state’s oil companies were prepared for the storm and are prepared to restart production once the water recedes. “They hunkered down and were able to contain their facilities,” Abbott said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” It will be a “one or two week downturn period for them.”
President Donald Trump on Friday approved Abbott’s request for a major disaster declaration, making federal assistance available to supplement state and local recovery efforts. In Twitter messages on Sunday, Trump praised the coordination between all levels of government and said “continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with” with thousands rescued. He also tweeted he plans to visit Texas but a date is not set.
— With assistance by Anna Edney, and Ben Brody
Note by Abrupt Earth Changes: Bloodberg changed the text of this story without a note of retraction shortly after I copied it onto this post.
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