WASHINGTON — Federal emergency officials said Sunday they’re bracing to help with recovery efforts in Texas and other states hard hit by Hurricane Harvey for years to come. With $100,000 billion damages, there are many opportunities for contractors to help with the recovery
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“This disaster is going to be a landmark event,” Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said on CNN Sunday. “We’re setting up and gearing up for the next couple of years.’’
As Harvey continues to slam Texas and head toward Louisiana, federal officials say they’re partnering with local and state officials to help residents facing severe flooding. At least two people were killed by Sunday.
President Trump said early Sunday that he will visit to Texas as soon as he can make the trip without causing disruption. “The focus must be on life and safety,” he tweeted. The White House later said he plans to visit the state Tuesday.
He also tweeted that would to participate in a teleconference on Harvey with his cabinet. “Even experts have said they’ve never seen one like this!,” he tweeted.
Later Sunday the White House released a summary of the conference call, saying Trump “continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives.”
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Federal officials warn the danger is far from over. White House Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism adviser Tom Bossert said rain is expected to continue upward of 30 inches.
“Let’s not lose our focus on how bad this still is,’’ he said on CBS Face the NationSunday.
Bossert said officials are watching for more flooding inland and providing help for residents, including rescues.
“We’re going to posture ourselves for the long-term care of the medical needy, of the elderly, of the weak and then we’ll put ourselves in the position to provide the resources to rebuild and recover,” he said.
Local officials said they’re particularly concerned about catastrophic flooding.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, declared a state of emergency for 50 counties and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, issued a statewide declaration.