Donald Trump Seeks $7.8 Billion From Congress For Harvey Relief

Donald Trump Seeks $7.8 Billion From Congress For Harvey Relief

Donald Trump Seeks $7.8 Billion From Congress For Harvey Relief

Ted Cruz and four Cabinet secretaries joined Trump on stage as the president made a few remarks.

However, the president was criticised for not meeting victims of the flooding and for focusing largely on the logistics of the government response. The president held an impromptu rally with hundreds of supporters who had gathered to see him in Corpus Christi, saying "what a crowd, what a turnout" and describing the hurricane as "epic".

Trump sent out an encouraging tweet to storm victims as Air Force One left Washington Saturday morning.

However, getting disaster relief through congress isn't always easy. They eventually got to safety.

However, there has been widespread criticism of Trump's quiet rollback of an Obama-era order that provided federal emergency aid to storm-ravaged communities.

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey  Tuesday Aug. 29 2017 in Houston. (   David J. Phillip  AP
Homes are surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday Aug. 29 2017 in Houston. ( David J. Phillip AP

Beaumont officials began giving out water on Friday and are doing so again Saturday.

Meanwhile, officials in Beaumont, Texas, population nearly 120,000, worked to fix their water treatment plan t, which failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake system and backup pumps failed.

Firefighters have extinguished a large blaze at a building on Houston's west side that is surrounded by flooding from Harvey.

Brigham says the building had about 1 foot (30 centimeters) of water inside.

In Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner said people who had chosen to stay in inundated homes in the western part of the city must depart by 7 a.m. CT Sunday, after which the CenterPoint Energy utility will turn off power to those residences.

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Houston's 39.11 inches of rainfall in August is more than double its previous wettest month, June 2001, when the city got 19.21 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

"Harvey didn't spare anyone: The whole city is traumatized", said Lynnette Borrel, whose backyard pool filled with murky water and schools of minnows from Brays Bayou on the city's southwest side not far from downtown.

Parts of west Houston are still infrom the release of floodwater from nearby reservoirs that are created to catch storm runoff.

"That's because there has been a controlled release of water from reservoirs".

The initial Harvey package is just the first installment for immediate disaster response like housing assistance, cleanup and FEMA-financed home repairs.

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"We'll make the first request based on the information we have now, then we'll come back here for a second supplemental request when we have a better picture for Congress to consider", says Tom Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor. He's also expected to meet with volunteers.

"So I want to thank you, first lady".

His visit Saturday was markedly different, showcasing a President eager to demonstrate a hands-on approach and check the boxes he wasn't able to during the initial trip.

Trump shared hugs and shook hands with victims and volunteers, including many children, showing a personal level of empathy for victims not yet seen from the President in the week since Harvey made landfall.

Harvey is responsible for shuttering three Gulf Coast refining centers and could knock off a fourth within the next week, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program provides work permits and protection from deportation for about 800,000 young people, many of them in Texas.

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