Texans impacted by Harvey can start registering for FEMA assistance

Lester Mason
September 6, 2017

They have received 195,000 claims as of today. "Those who sustained damage or losses due to the storm should register for help".

"After hard days, the President sent us here, to say the American people are with you".

Abbott said in a statement, "These loans are critical to providing cities with the resources and flexibility to recover while still providing important services to the Texans in their communities". Organic peroxide overheated and ignited, causing multiple fires at the flooded chemical plant near Houston.

He said state environmental officials are "working constantly and collaboratively" with the EPA to monitor the situation and ensure that any damage eventually discovered "is contained".

People living within 1.5 miles of the Arkema site were evacuated days before the explosions.

Fortunately, since Matthew, local officials have done a better job of defining potential evacuation zones to help reduce confusion. He said trying to evacuate the entire 6.3-million-person metropolitan area would be impossible.

As is being shown again with Hurricane Harvey in Texas, flooding is a huge threat to people and property.

The Arkema plant represents just a snapshot of Hurricane Harvey's cascading effects.

The storm is now blamed for at least 60 deaths in 11 counties. Furthermore, the number of people buying policies under the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has plunged by 549,000 - nearly 10 percent - since 2009, even as coastal development surges, sea levels rise, and killer hurricanes become recurring events. The 13 affected sites have industrial waste from petrochemical companies, acid compounds, solvents and pesticides.

Of the impact of flooding on 13 Superfund sites, Abbott said, "the EPA is monitoring that".

Houston is a centre of the United States petroleum industry, with the surrounding Gulf Coast area home to about a third of the nation's refining capacity.

CNN reported that it would take between 10 and 15 days for floodwaters to recede, based on data Houston authorities revealed. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked residents to shelter in place until they could be rescued. He said most businesses will reopen Tuesday. "The real thing that went wrong in Katrina was not being well prepared for that", he said. So if you're a homeowner, you're going, why is SBA going to help me? If the person is not a confirmed FEMA worker, you need to dial 911 and talk to police.

But minds have turned to what happens beyond the first months of the recovery effort. "People are taking care of each other".

"On top of everything, there is a deep relationship between Mexico and Texas", Sada said.

The average payout to Hurricane Katrina victims was $7,114.

Ten days on from Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the southern coast of Texas, the scale of bad devastation is becoming clear.

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