Harvey Update 08/31/2017

Harvey is now blamed for at least 31 fatalities.  The storm may have destroyed up to 100,000 homes and relief efforts are sitll in full gear.  

Texans still stranded, surrounded by water that, in parts of the Beaumonth area, keeps rising.  The devastation there knocking out the local clean water supply, forcing one hospital to evacuate nearly 200 patients today.

In Port Arthur, Mayor Derrick Freeman, from inside his own flooded home, reassuring residents.  "I know one thing, it's not going to defeat us.  If you called 911 and we haven't gotten there yet, we are on the way."

In Crosby, Texas, officials now downplaying the concerns after fires erupted at a chemical plant.  Sheriff Ed Gonzalex of Harris County, Texas, tells us, "exposure to smoke from these organic peroxides is similar to standing over a burning camp fire." 

About thirty miles away in Houston, the water finally receding.  Rescuers in Harris County searching the more than 1700 square milles that flooded.  Houston District 68 Fire Chief, James Pennington saying, "We're going by each house, checking door to door."

An up-close look at the damage, as officials estimate at least 40,000 homes in this county, alone, are destroyed.  Harris County Flood Control District Member, Jeff Linder estimates, "about 100,000 is certainly not out of the question."

Today, Vice President Mike Pence touring the destruction where Harvey first hit in Rockport as help comes in from across the country for the tens of thousands of Texans now living in shelters and still trying to make it to dry ground.

For those who are safe, they now wonder what is next.  Most of the people impacted do not have flood insurance.  FEMA says they are getting people registered for Federal Assistance as quickly as possible, and working to figure out their next steps for housing.

If you would like to help donate to the cause, please click here for the local Red Cross website.


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