Houston mayor issues new mandatory evacuation for thousands of inundated homes as city prepares to shut the power off and release water from reservoirs

Sunday, September 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a new mandatory evacuation for flooded homes on Saturday
The notice was for West Houston, with 4,000 homes, because of a planned water release and power cut-off
Turner told the hundreds of people still in the area to think of their safety and the safety of others
President Trump and First Lady Melania visited the city and met with Harvey victims on Saturday
Turner asked the president for help with transitional housing and for federal funds for the massive cleanup
In Dickinson, Texas, residents are lining up their damaged belongings to be collected by FEMA workers
Heartbreaking footage shows the streets lined with ruined goods as neighbors help one another clear up
More than 100,000 homes have been destroyed by Harvey and there are 430,000 claims for FEMA aid

By Cheyenne Roundtree and Jennifer Smith
3 September 2017

The mayor of Houston has issued a new mandatory evacuation for inundated homes ahead of a power cut-off and a release of water from the city’s reservoirs.

Mayor Sylvester Turner urged the people of West Houston to put their safety first and to flee the area on Saturday, before a planned water release that will continue to keep floods high in about 4,000 homes.

Turner, who didn’t evacuate the nation’s fourth largest city before Harvey’s waters took hold, told the hundreds of people who remained in the flooded area to think of responders who would risk their lives to save them.

The rest of the city is beginning the long clean up of what the catastrophic storm left in its wake, tossing their ruined belongings on the curb to be taken away after 5ft of water devastated much of Houston.

President Trump and Melania returned to the Lone Star State on Saturday, visiting with some of the thousands of people who were left homeless by the storm.

During the president’s visit, Turner said he asked Trump to help in providing transitional housing for those displaced and for federal funds to help with the monstrous cost to rebuild the city.

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