As Floodwaters Recede, Houston Officials Look To Recovery
HOUSTON (AP) – As floodwaters recede, Houston officials have started turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline for people to fill up cars.
Authorities on Thursday increased the toll of Harvey-related deaths to 39, and the Texas Department of Public Safety said more than 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and nearly 7,000 were destroyed.
About 325,000 people have already sought federal emergency aid, and FEMA officials said more than $57 million in individual assistance has been paid out thus far.
The greatest threat of damage shifted in recent days to a region near the Texas-Louisiana line. The city of Beaumont, Texas, lost water service when its main pump station was overwhelmed by the swollen Neches River.