Responding to the first natural disaster to test his presidency, President Trump stated that the expected cost of recovering from tropical storm Harvey would be “very expensive”, but at the same time reassured worried residents that “the federal government stands ready, willing and able to support that effort”.
Not wanting to repeat the mistake President Bush made in 2005 during the Federal Government’s response to Hurricane Katrina (who drew accusations that his response was slow and inadequate - criticism that dealt a serious blow to his presidency), the administration of President Donald Trump has been overseeing relief efforts and is guiding response teams in their efforts to help citizens where they can.
This time, forecasters could only draw so much comparisons to the storm, recalling that dreadful hurricane Katrina, which lay waste to New Orleans and caused the loss of 1,800 people in 2005.
President Trump declared to reporters that: "My administration is coordinating closely with state and local authorities in Texas and Louisiana to save lives, and we thank our first responders and all of those involved in their efforts."
The White House stated further that Mr Trump and his spouse Melania would visit Corpus Christi as well as the city of Austin on Tuesday, but would stay clear of the worst affected area, Houston, not wanting to hamper any relief efforts by the certain media attention that his visit entails.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of homes in and around Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, are semi-submerged whilst major roads are starting to resemble rivers after an unprecedented 30 inches of rain fell on the city since Friday. As we reported to you earlier, the most pessimistic forecasts today state that another 50 inches could fall.
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Water levels from catastrophic flooding that have now killed at least nine people in the US state might not peak until late Wednesday or even Thursday.
Meanwhile, people are coming together to help each other in these times of despair, as this article we released earlier proves:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Houston and all of Texas in these terrible times. Stay strong.