With Texas still being lashed by rain and rescues still underway, President Donald Trump swore that the government’s response to Hurricane Harvey would serve as a framework for disaster recovery.
” We want to be looked at five years, 10 years from now, as this is the way to do it ,” Trump told Tuesday as he and first lady Melania Trump received a briefing on the storm response at a fire station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
At a meeting with state officials in Austin, Texas, subsequently in the working day Trump mentioned recuperation from the blizzard is likely to be” a costly proposition” but added that he expected to be able to work with Congress to” come through with the right solution .”
Trump attained no mention of Harvey’s victims in his public remarks while in Texas.
At least 15 people have died so far in the wake of Harvey, according to a count by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. Among them was a Houston police officer who submerge in his patrol car. Thousands more people have been displaced from their homes. Early estimations on economic losses range from $42 billion to more than $100 billion.
The 51.88 inches of rainfall measured at Cedar Bayou, near Mont Belvieu, Texas, defined a new tropical deluge record for the contiguous 48 governments, the National Weather Service reported in a Facebook post. That’s just shy of the all-time U.S. high differentiate of 52 inches recorded during tropical cyclone Hiki in Hawaii in 1950.
A nighttime curfew, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m ., was imposed in Houston Tuesday night as the storm’s middle strayed back toward the Gulf of Mexico. It’s forecast to regain strength before crashing ashore again Wednesday on the Texas-Louisiana border, near the nation’s largest refinery, Motiva Enterprise LLC’s Port Arthur facility. Gasoline futures prices reached a two-year high Tuesday as merchants braced for more cutbacks at Gulf Coast refineries.
Trump met with local and state officials in Corpus Christi along the Gulf of Mexico coast for what was both an assessment visit and pep talk. He skirted the center of the devastation, Houston, to avoid hindering rescue and recovery work.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Trump political ally who lauded the federal government’s cyclone reaction as “very effective,” was with the president throughout the day for a trip that ended in the state’s capital city of Austin.
Elaine Duke, the acting director of Homeland Security, said the agency is drawing about 1,000 workers off their regular chores to instead focus on the cyclone.
“Our biggest challenge right now is finishing the search and rescue and then, when the rain stops, getting people out of shelters and into transitional housing, ” she told reporters aboard Air force One Tuesday evening.
Trump underscored the scale and cost of the recuperation endeavour in a meeting with officers in the state’s underground emergency command centre, unleashing a string of superlatives.
” Probably there’s never been anything so expensive in our country’s history. There’s never been anything so historic in terms of damage and in terms of ferocity, he told, later adding,” Nobody’s ever seen anything this long and nobody’s ever seen this much water .”
Harvey” sounds like such an innocent name ,” Trump said,” but it’s not innocent, it’s not innocent .”
Outside the firehouse in Corpus Christi, Trump told a large crowd that the storm’s scale is “epic” but that” Texas can handle anything ,” and he waved the state’s flag to cheers.
The mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, said that he had requested emergency furnishes for an additional 10,000 people from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Houston Police Department has rescued more than 3,500 people from floodwaters, chief Art Acevedo said.
” At every pas hour, more barges are get into the water ,” Acevedo said at a briefing for reporters.” For all the Monday morning quarterbacking out there, there is not hindsight for an event that’s never passed .”
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said patients of 30 evacuated hospitals have been transferred outside the danger zone. Other medical facilities are rapidly running out of ga to power emergency generators. Federal, government and local responders are working to replenish ga supplies, he said. “Our mission right now continues to be lifesaving and rescue, ” he told aboard Us air force One.
Trump on Monday promised swift emergency funding to help Texas recover from the hurricane, though Republican congressional leaders haven’t yet mailed clear signals on how they will proceed.
Harvey’s cost could reach $42 billion when including the impact on the labor force, electricity grid, transportation and other elements that support the region’s energy sector, Chuck Watson, a catastrophe modeler with Enki Research, told Tuesday. David Havens, an insurance analyst at Imperial Capital, said the final tally might be as high as $100 billion.
During the provide information on Air force One on the way back to Washington, press secretary Sarah Sanders said there’s been no decision on the mechanism to provide the funds, or the amount of them, and sidestepped questions on whether those funds would need offsetting cuts elsewhere.
At roughly the same time as the briefing, the Club for Growth, an organization that promotes small government and low taxes, said it would push for them.
“Yes, we’ll be seeking offsets, ” spokeswoman Rachael Slobodien mentioned. “Absolutely will be required.”
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 became the most expensive hurricane to reach the U.S ., costing about $118 billion, while superstorm Sandy in 2012 left some $75 billion in damage.
Waiting for Request
Republican leaders haven’t committed to a swift debate on emergency funds. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, AshLee Strong, told Congress will wait for” a formal request for resources from the concerned authorities .”
Congress returns Sept. 5 from its August recess, when it is currently facing a pileup of urgent tasks, including creating the nation’s debt ceiling and passing a stopgap measurement to fund the government after Sept. 30. The House is only scheduled to be in session for 12 legislative days in September, which compounds its challenge. Another potential obstacle is requirements by House reactionaries to cut spending elsewhere to pay for Harvey aid.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is among Republicans who are already insisted that providing assistance to natural disasters be offset by spending cuts. He joined Trump at his Corpus Christi briefing.
Trump has sent more than two dozen tweets about the storm in recent periods and he has appeared eager to get to Texas to view the damage himself. He plans to return to a different part of the state on Saturday.
Republicans are cognizant of President George W. Bush’s widely blamed handled in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and some have advised Trump to take a more proactive approach.