With boxes of supplies, water and even hugs, Watt and his teammates are helping to get the people of Texas back on their feet, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller. “There is furniture on the sidewalk that I’m still paying for”, he said. “And there is a great love and a great loyalty in this country, and I think we’ve all seen it, maybe more so than ever before over the last four days”.
In Beaumont, Texas, home to nearly 120,000, people waited in a line that stretched for more than a mile to get bottled water after the municipal system failed earlier this week.
“I don’t know where I’m going to go”, said Laura Hernandez.
“President Trump sent us here to say, ‘We are with you”.
On Friday, Trump requested from Congress $7.9 billion in emergency spending to help Texas and Louisiana recover from the flooding disaster. “We signed it and now it’s going through a very quick, hopefully quick progress”.
The president said families expressed to him that they are “happy” with the recovery efforts. The president, dressed in a black jacket with no tie, landed at Ellington Field military base in Houston, accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, who wore a baseball cap emblazoned with the word “Texas”, pants and casual canvas footwear.
Fire department spokeswoman Sheldra Brigham says no one was hurt in the fire on Saturday.
“We are certainly bringing lessons learned from Katrina”, Admiral Paul Thomas, who oversees Coast Guard operations in 26 states, told reporters in New Orleans – noting that several members of his team are Louisiana natives who are veterans of the 2005 disaster.
“Most of the city is now dry”, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told MSNBC.
He added: “All American hearts are with the people of Texas and Louisiana”. Try to do the best we can to keep everybody together.
Harvey, one of the most extensive and costly hurricanes to hit the United States, displaced more than one million people and killed 46 people.
“As the waters recede in Houston, of course they’re still rising over in Beaumont”, he said.
The trip came less than a week after the Trumps visited Texas but didn’t go to Houston or meet directly with victims, a move that his critics seized on.
The lifting of the order may help residents like Paul Mincey, a 31-year-old tugboat engineer who has been kept out of the ranch home he shares with his girlfriend, return to normal. White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert has said aid funding requests would come in stages as more became known about the impact of the storm.
Local, state and federal officials took to national airwaves Sunday to discuss recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey and project a largely positive message.
Harvey dumped up to 50 inches of rain on the Houston-area after making landfall last week as a powerful hurricane.
The latest damage surveys revealed the staggering extent of the destruction.
In Orange, Texas, about 125 miles east of Houston, Sam Dougharty, 36, returned on Friday where waist-high water remained in his backyard and barn. But with areas under water, people not yet in their homes, and billions in damage to fix, major disasters that Harvey created are by no means resolved. A calf and a heifer from their herd of 15 were dead. “The high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it”.
And about 136,000 structures were flooded in Harris County, home of Houston, alone – about 10% of the structures on record there, the county says.
On Saturday, people still housed at the convention center lined up to file FEMA claims and took photos with Shasta, the University of Houston mascot, while others prayed with a Catholic priest.
As the recovery from Harvey picked up speed, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation Irma, a unsafe Category 4 hurricane closing in on a string of Caribbean islands.