President approves Gov. Edwards emergency disaster request

Posted August 31, 2017

Harvey, the most fearsome hurricane to hit the more than a decade, came ashore late Friday about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Category 4 storm.

US emergency management officials said on Monday they were expediting federal resources to Texas to help with rescue efforts after Hurricane Harvey swamped coastal areas of the state and forced 30,000 people to seek refuge in temporary shelters.

Harvey, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, still remains a threat to Texas as it lingers over parts of the state and threatens continued rainfall and flooding.

Presently, FEMA, as well as other federal agencies, are most focused on immediate response to the storm.

Brown, who was in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Republican presidency of George W. Bush, praised the current FEMA administrator, Brock Long, as a "great person to have in this position" to respond to the destruction from Harvey. "FEMA's director Long also added to NBC that, "...

"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.

"President Trump and his administration executed swift and decisive action in approving our Federal Disaster Declaration", said Gov. Edwards. Superstorm Sandy struck the northeast October 2012. As USA Today reported, White House Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism adviser Tom Bossert noted on Sunday that these agencies were highly concerned with ensuring that Texas' residents are safe and provided with rescue if necessary.

The Surge Capacity Force volunteers will leave their regular federal jobs for up to 45 days to provide assistance to survivors of the floods in Texas and Louisiana. "The budget also eliminates funding for an ongoing effort to improve and redraw the nation's flood maps".

"We'll make sure that the folks in southwest Louisiana have the resources they need to rebuild and recover, " he said.

"We're facing a September 30 deadline and hopefully this will bring awareness to what the National Flood Insurance Program does for citizens even in inland areas like Houston, " he said.