Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane[nb 1] to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year drought in which no major hurricanes made landfall in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system settled over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding.Harvey caused at least 71 confirmed deaths; 1 in Guyana, and 70 in the United States. Catastrophic flooding continues in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. FEMA director Brock Long called Hurricane Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history, and expected the recovery to take many years. Economic losses are currently estimated between $70 to $200 billion, with a large portion of the losses sustained by uninsured homeowners.
IT’S BEEN ALMOST two weeks since Hurricane Harvey began its assault on southeastern Texas, and communities throughout the region have set off down the long, hard road to recovery.Harvey’s most destructive feature wasn’t wind but water; the storm dumped upward of 50 inches of rain in parts of southeastern Texas.Some damage assessment will be handled by emergency management agencies and local building officials, who will use colored tags to identify which structures are safe to occupy, which are in need of repairs, and which are beyond saving.Communities will need to act quickly to limit the spread of fungal overgrowth.
Many good people are giving what they have including money, time and prayer. Heck, along with J.J. Watts, is Beyonce, Oprah , Rapper Trae tha Truth and Barbra Streisand spearheading a star-studded benefit for recovery.Congress and the Trump administration will take swift credit for passing about $8 billion in initial federal aid. Yet the city of Houston estimates that it will need $200 million just to pick up garbage being tossed out as buildings are gutted.I’m thinking the cost could be closer to $200 billion dollars in aid needed to restore Houston to its normal active state. It should be easy for congress and Washington to approve and shell out billions.However , with other problems going on including another hurricane, crisis on the Korean peninsula, looming trade fights and tension over immigration which are all in advance of an election year.Whether you like Trump or despise him is irrelevant; Congress cannot handle all this at one time. And reality is that this kind of money cannot be spent all at one time anyway.Case in point: Hurricane Sandy. Aid to New York and New Jersey got held up in Congress and then, after the first payment arrived, a larger political debacle ensued led by none other than Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
Hurricane Harvey Facts
Date: August 25, 2017 – September 2, 2017
Affected areas: United States of America, Texas, Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, Louisiana, Yucatán Peninsula, Windward Islands
Category: Category 3 Hurricane (SSHWS), Tropical Depression
Total fatalities: 71 confirmed, (as of September 7th)
Did you know: Harvey is the third-costliest Atlantic hurricane (≥$70.0 billion in damage). wikipedia.org
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