“You Couldn’t Dream This Up”: FEMA Expects Over 450,000 Harvey Victims, 30,000 To Seek Shelter

Monday, August 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 28, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was committed to getting federal resources to Texas as quickly as possible to help with the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. Speaking on Monday morning FEMA administrator Brock Long said more than 30,000 people were expected to be placed temporarily in shelters and more than 450,000 people likely to seek assistance. A disaster declaration request from the Louisiana governor would also likely be expedited.

Long said that 30 to 50 Texas counties have been affected by Tropical Storm Harvey and that work was underway to restore power for critical infrastructure. Other highlights, courtesy of Bloomberg:

“This is a life safety, life-sustaining mission”
In addition to search and rescue, next objective is to relocate survivors to shelters
Evacuation of Houston could take days
Says people must listen to Houston-area local officials
Helping Texas overcome this disaster is going to be bigger than FEMA; “We need citizens to be involved”
“You could not dream this forecast up”; this has been a “landmark event”

The FEMA administrator said the agency is working with the Army Corps of Engineers to restore power and critical infrastructure to the Southern Texas region. Long also said FEMA is working with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense to bolster security forces in the region.

Another FEMA official at briefing said rivers won’t crest until later this week, with the peak of the torrential rainfall expected to hit around Wednesday or Thursday, while National Weather Service’s Louis Uccellini says flooding will be very slow to recede.

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