President Trump Touches Down in Texas to Assess Harvey Damage

Aug 30, 2017, 05:21

Up to 37 inches (94 cm) of rain fell from Saturday through Monday evening in parts of coastal Texas, and more than 30 inches (76 cm) in Houston.

After being updated on the situation by local, state and FEMA officials, President Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, headed to Austin, Texas, to discuss rescue efforts with state officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Texas to review damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and meet representatives of relief organizations.

Sometime soonafter, while on Air Force One, Ms Trump changed into attire that the public is likely to deem more appropriate for her short Texas visit. "But you know what, it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything", Mr Trump said.

The White House said the trip will conclude with a briefing there from state leaders.

In a join statement, the NBA and NBA Players Association (NBAPA) said it was donating the cash to "bring relief to those impacted".

Trump later spoke to a crowd of people affected by the storm.

"We won't say congratulations, we won't want to do that", Trump said to Abbott. "We don't want to do that", Trump urged. Houston was not on his itinerary because much of its metropolitan area, where 6.8 million people live, is underwater.

That includes providing shelter and supplies for thousands. "But let me be clear - this is not the Superdome".

A senior National Guard officer said Tuesday that the number of troops sent to assist in recovery efforts could increase dramatically in the coming days.

Mr. Pence told KKTX radio that there were more than 8,600 federal officials on the ground in Texas, who were being coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

When asked if Texas officials understood the magnitude of the disaster, Witham replied, "That's debatable".

Hurricane Harvey has broken a 40-year-old record for rainfall in the Houston area, while flooding in the city claimed its 15th victim. He said "hundreds and hundreds" of volunteers were in the area, and that more than 22,000 families have started applying for federal financial assistance.