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Harvey will put 30,000 to shelters, Mexico offers all help it can

Staff Writer | August 28, 2017
More than 30,000 people will need shelters as a result of the unrelenting rains and flooding of Tropical Storm Harvey overwhelming Texas, FEMA Administrator Brock Long.
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"The sheltering mission is going to be a very heavy lift," Long said in a news conference in Washington, adding that up to 50 Texas counties are dealing with the impact of the storm.

Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, said some areas of southeast Texas around Houston have already seen more than 30 inches of rain. A wide swath of the region has been hit with 15-20 inches of rain, he said.

Harvey will meander over the Gulf for a couple of days before making a second landfall somewhere near the Texas/Louisiana border, likely on Wednesday.

Harvey is then expected to slowly move northeast across Louisiana and Arkansas as a tropical depression from Thursday into Saturday.

More than 30,000 people will need shelters as a result of the unrelenting rains and flooding of Tropical Storm Harvey overwhelming Texas, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Monday.

"The sheltering mission is going to be a very heavy lift," Long said in a news conference in Washington, adding that up to 50 Texas counties are dealing with the impact of the storm.

Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, said some areas of southeast Texas around Houston have already seen more than 30 inches of rain. A wide swath of the region has been hit with 15-20 inches of rain, he said.

"We are seeing catastrophic flooding, and this area is likely to expand," Uccellini said.

Harvey, now spinning near Port O'Connor, Texas, is forecast to move back into the Gulf of Mexico today, the National Hurricane Center said. It will meander over the Gulf for a couple of days before making a second landfall somewhere near the Texas/Louisiana border, likely on Wednesday.

Harvey is then expected to slowly move northeast across Louisiana and Arkansas as a tropical depression from Thursday into Saturday.

Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexico's foreign minister, said Sunday he had spoken with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and offered his country's assistance.

"We will provide all the help we can. Our full solidarity with the people of Texas," Videgaray wrote of the phone call.

Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Mexican consul general in Austin, told the Dallas News he had been in constant contact with Abbott's office about how Mexico could assist.

"As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this difficult moment," Gonzalez said.

Mexico sent troops, food, medicine and water to victims in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

The Port of Corpus Christi has begun its recovery efforts after initial assessments show light to moderate damage and debris from the impact of Harvey, which hit the major port as a Category 4 hurricane, the port director said on Sunday.

"We are completing our initial assessments and are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to start a channel survey as early as tomorrow and expect a successful recovery effort," said John LaRue, the port's executive director.


 

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