Texas Governor Thinks Harvey Damage Could Increase To $180 Billion

The Latest Trump claims firsthand view of Harvey'horror

Harvey, which came ashore on August 25 as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years, is expected to be one of the costliest natural disasters in USA history, having displaced more than 1 million people and leaving wreckage in an area stretching for more than 300 miles (480 kms) which officials said would take years to fix.

In Houston, which was devastated by record-setting rainfall, many residents whose homes had flooded returned over the weekend to begin removing soggy drywall, soaked carpets and ruined possessions.

Recovery operations are under way across Texas, and in neighbouring Louisiana, although many areas are still battling floodwater.

Recovery efforts in Houston are under way as the water recedes but search-and-rescue teams continued their work in the nearby city of Beaumont, Abbott said on Friday.

The flooding damaged 40,000 to 50,000 homes in Houston and sent tens of thousands of people fleeing to emergency shelters.

The Trump administration in a letter to Congress asked for a $US7.85 billion ($A9.84 billion) appropriation for response and initial recovery efforts.

"We're here to hang out with the kids, to cheer people up", said one of the students in the group, as evacuees waiting in line for federal aid vouchers waved and took photos.

Houston is a regional hub and also a center of the U.S. petroleum industry, with the surrounding Gulf Coast area home to about a third of the nation's refining capacity. We've very happy with the way things are going. He appeared Sunday on both CBS and NBC.

Streets in Briarforest, which was eerily empty and quiet Sunday, remained under about three feet (one meter) or more of water. The National Hurricane Center said in an advisory late Saturday night it was still much too early to determine what direct impact it might have on the Bahamas and the continental United States.

As he spoke, people were picking out supplies in a large hall where a relief station was stocked with stacks of donated clothes, food and other necessities.

"Put your own personal safety above your property", Mayor Sylvester Turner said, adding residents should consider the safety of first responders who would have to handle any emergencies.

Businessman Britt Lively said he and fellow members of the Franklin Church of Christ watched the horror unfold from afar and felt compelled to help.

He said in his weekly radio address: "We are with you every single step of the way. We will support you today, tomorrow, and the day after".

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