Houston County contains certain areas that facing problems due to special flood. It has been more than a week when Hurricane Harvey roared onto the Gulf Coast, communities in Southeast Texas continue to reel from the catastrophic flooding as the death toll rises. On Friday, Trump declared that National Day of Prayer to take place Sunday for the victims and the recovery effort.
He also requested a $7.9 billion down payment for Harvey relief, according to the Associated Press. On Wednesday, the owner of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, said there was no way to prevent an explosion or fire from happening at the facility, which was evacuated Tuesday due to the threat.
Turner said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be releasing reservoir water into Buffalo Bayou for 15 days and the Corps has said the releases are necessary to avoid larger catastrophe if the city should receive another heavy rainfall event. The mayor said that 15,000 to 20,000 homes could be impacted by flooding due to water releases from the reservoir.
Harvey’s death toll has risen to at least 45, and officials fear as floodwaters finally recede, the death toll will continue to rise. According to Harris County flood admit, there are an estimation 136,000 structures in Houston areas. Officials confirmed Wednesday that they’d located a missing van days after it was swept away by Harvey’s flooding. All six of the van’s passengers were found dead inside the vehicle.
The officials confirmed the death of a Houston police officer who drowned while on his way to work Tuesday. Turner identified the fallen officer as 60-year-old Sgt. Steve Perez and there are 218,000 Houston Independent School District children, the school year will begin on Sept. 11, the HISD website says.
Some damaged schools may be closed for months, so an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 students will be temporarily placed in different schools. Residents of nearby Beaumont remained without potable water. At least 4,700 Houston dwellings were under new, mandatory evacuation orders.
Liberty Fire Chief Brian said, “This will last for some people for months, if not years.”