Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Trump issues emergency declaration for Harvey in Louisiana

Trump issues emergency declaration for Harvey in Louisiana

Federal officials declined to estimate how many homes had been damaged or how much the storm may cost.

The governor's office said additional parishes will be added as needed.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said federal officials were focused on a "life safety and life sustaining mission" at the moment, helping with things like swift water search and rescue efforts over the 30 to 50 counties possibly affected by the storm in Texas. "Since then, we've turned to them for assistance time and again", Edwards said.

"We've got to pass a supplemental unlike the fight we had for Hurricane Sandy (funding)", Jackson Lee, who is on the Homeland Security Committee, said on CSPAN Monday.

"What is unique in Harvey is that as the storm moved inland, a large high pressure built in to the north and, basically, the steering currents, which guide Harvey, collapsed", said CNN senior meterologist Dave Hennen. It was overwhelmingly approved by Democrats. "Forecasts show this storm system making its way closer to Louisiana over the next 48 hours and causing heavy rainfall and potentially life threatening flooding". "We need the money now".

Houston officer Steve Perez drowns in flood while heading to work
At least eight people, including Perez, have been confirmed dead as a result of the storm, officials said. The Houston Chronicle first reported Perez's death, but officials would not immediately confirm it.

The efforts may face challenges from some conservative lawmakers who have raised concerns about the nation's debt.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., will also join efforts to get disaster funds if Louisiana needs it, said Andrew David, a spokesman for the congressman.

But Higgins and other Louisiana lawmakers said reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will also be a pressing issue in Congress. "When you look at the magnitude of the flooding that's taken place in the fourth largest city in the United States, that we anticipate that it will be years coming back", Pence said. "It's not necessarily a coastal area, but they're seeing their historic flooding a real tragedy".

"We have no idea what the number is going to be [for Harvey]".

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