Friday, September 01, 2017

Latest on Hurricane Harvey Destruction in Texas

As floodwaters receded and rescuers searched waterlogged neighborhoods for more potential victims, Houston officials began turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline for people to fill up cars, and to the city's long-term recovery, which will take years and billions of dollars.

Authorities raised the death toll from the storm to 37 late Thursday as the latest statewide damage surveys revealed the staggering extent of the destruction.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said more than 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and nearly 7,000 were destroyed, figures that did not include the tens of thousands of homes with minor damage. About 325,000 people have already sought federal emergency aid in the wake of Harvey. More than $57 million in individual assistance has already been paid out, FEMA officials said.

Harris County FEMA director Tom Fargione said the agency was looking for ways to house people who lost their homes to Harvey, with 32,000 people reported in shelters across Texas. Some evacuees had begun returning to their homes - the George R. Brown Convention Center, where 10,000 people took shelter at one point, housed 8,000 evacuees late Thursday.

As the water receded in the nation's fourth-largest city - officials expected that the floodwaters would be almost entirely gone by late Friday or early Saturday - the greatest threat of damage shifted to a region near the Texas-Louisiana state line.

The loss of power at a flood-crippled chemical plant in Port Arthur, Texas set off "popping" and fire early Thursday, and the city of Beaumont, near the Texas-Louisiana line, lost its public water supply Thursday. The plant was being monitored for further chemical reactions.

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