It has been called the worst storm to hit Texas since 1961 and although Harvey has now been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Texas is still encountering its wrath.
— Texas Military Dept (@TXMilitary) August 27, 2017
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, said the state has deployed approximately 3,000 state and national guard troopers to help victims of Harvey, in particular those who have been affected by the historic floods Harvey has brought to areas of the state.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) August 27, 2017
“We are dealing with a triangle of ongoing rain, including Houston, Victoria and Corpus Christi cities,” Abbott told the media. “We will continue receiving incredibly heavy rain.”
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) August 26, 2017
Abbott also told media the federal government has been quick to provide “all the aid that Texas has needed.”
At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
President Trump has signed the Disaster Proclamation at the request of Abbott, which provides government help to the state.
I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017
President Trump revealed via Twitter, “I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety.”
The National Weather Service has said some part of Houston may receive 50 inches of rain. Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett, has asked residents with boats, or high water vehicles to help rescue any Houston residents unable to escape their flooded homes.