"You Couldn't Dream This Up": FEMA Expects Over 450,000 Harvey Victims, 30,000 To Seek Shelter

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.

The silver lining: according to the Coast Guard no oil spills have been detected yet.

Also on Monday, Emergency workers began releasing water into the Buffalo Bayou from two flood-control dams in Houston on Monday, a move that could impact thousands of residents, officials said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it began to release water from the Addicks and Barker dams early Monday morning to prevent uncontrollable flooding of the Houston-metropolitan area as water levels continued to rise rapidly beneath torrential rains being released by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Engineers were forced to start the process earlier than previously announced because water levels in the reservoirs had “increased dramatically in the last few hours,” officials said early Monday, adding that the release would likely cause additional street flooding that could potentially spill into homes. This is the first time engineers have done this for flood control, officials said.

 

“If we don’t begin releasing now, the volume of uncontrolled water around the dams will be higher and have a greater impact on the surrounding communities,” Col. Lars Zetterstrom, Galveston District commander, said in a statement Monday.

The two dams were constructed by the federal government in the 1940s to reduce flooding along Buffalo Bayou, a narrow body of water that runs through downtown Houston. But development along the edges of the reservoirs has in recent years placed homes at risk upstream of the dams as well. The reservoirs, located on western outskirts of Houston, are about 17 miles away from downtown Houston.

“Both reservoirs are rising more than half a foot per hour,” Zetterstrom said. “Residents adjacent to the reservoirs need to be vigilant because the water in the reservoirs is rising rapidly."

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Déjà view flacon Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:36 Permalink

Insurance...who is the FOOL?

Aid May Be Available to Repair or Replace a Vehicle Damaged by April Floods

Release date: 
May 9, 2016
Release Number: 
NR-011
AUSTIN, Texas – Texans whose vehicles were damaged or destroyed by this April’s flooding may be eligible to receive federal assistance to repair or replace the vehicle.

“Those who may be eligible include not just residents of the designated counties, but also those who were working in or visiting those areas between April 17 and April 24 and had disaster-related damage to their vehicle,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas.

The eight counties included in the federal disaster declaration are: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Parker, Waller and Wharton.

The following conditions apply to assistance for a damaged or destroyed vehicle:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/05/09/aid-may-be-available-repair...

Q: What kinds of FEMA grants are available?
A: Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other serious disaster-related expenses.

Q: Do I have to be a legal U.S. resident to receive Individual Assistance?
A: No. If you have a child living at home who is a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien, you may apply for Individual Assistance on that child’s behalf and you may be eligible to receive Individual Assistance. FEMA may provide undocumented, eligible immigrants with short-term, non-cash emergency aid.

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2016/01/28/commonly-asked-questions-a…

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TrajanOptimus Muddy1 Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:18 Permalink

They are waiting for the busses to take them back to NOLA. This is a HUGE win for Texas and Houston. Watch how many poverty stricken parasites never return.It may suck now for the folks there but the economic development that is going to follow will clean that city up, provide good paying jobs for motivated people that were previously struggling, and there will be no room for lazy welfare rats. People willing to work will have priority over housing, the poor Democrat voting parasites will be relocated.I'd venture to say this will turn Houston red again.

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GunnerySgtHartman AntiMatter Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:30 Permalink

Agreed, they are quite capable of helping themselves and each other.  But too many of them want to be spoon-fed and told what to do.You'd think with all of the phones and social media these days that people would figure out, "hey, this is going to be a bad storm and we need to get out;" after all, it's not like hurricanes come out of nowhere in a matter of two hours.  But no, they want to be led around by the rings in their noses by politicians, and they inevitably get what they want (with all of the attendant consequences).(And before someone spouts off - no, I'm not talking about those people who are unable to get out on their own, like seniors and nursing home residents.  They should be the first to be evacuated by the authorities.)

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Peak Finance GunnerySgtHartman Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:43 Permalink

Well, if you live down here in Hurricane-land, the fucking media hypes EVERY fucking storm like it's the end of the world, so, all of these "warnings" become just so much noise.IF I lived in Houston, I probably would have tuned-out the warnings as soon as the retard-mayor said "tattoo your SSN on your arm if you stay" Fucking nonsense like this makes people tune out.  

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GunnerySgtHartman Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:21 Permalink

How long will it be before Trump gets the blame for the Democrat mayor of Houston's incompetence in refusuing to evacuate people?  Does Vegas have a betting line on that?New Orleans all over again ... notice how Democrat mayors seem to follow the same pattern?

GunnerySgtHartman GatorMcClusky Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:13 Permalink

Yep, I remember the evacuation disaster that occurred with Rita and the people that were killed.  A very sad situation, especially those who were killed when that bus caught fire. Everyone had access to the same forecasts. Everyone had a chance to prepare or evacuate. Exactly right - and yet people wait for a politician to tell them what to do.  They don't want to make a decision; they want someone else to do it for them.Galveston has a plan that evacuates the city in a staggered manner over a period of time.  The key with that one is getting the evacuations started early enough, a judgment call in its own right.  But even then, people are free to evacuate without being told to do so.

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Cautiously Pes… Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:18 Permalink

Tell ya what sucks.... I have to carry FEMA flood insurance on my house because we are considered living in a 'flood zone A' area.  We have a creek, it is really a ditch, that goes down one side of our house.  The house has been there since 1971 and has never had a water intrusion because of the 'creek'.  We knew we would have to have this insurance when we bought the house over 5 years ago.  It started out as about $900 per year.  Now....almost $3000 per year!!!!! It keeps going up every year.  I expect that number to move up exponentially now and price me out of my own house....thanks Harvey!And no, I do not live anywhere near the coast.  Suburb of Atlanta. 

Pernicious Gol… Cautiously Pes… Mon, 08/28/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

I'm in the exact same boat, except my house was built in 1960. FEMA recently redrew all the flood maps to account for expected global warming. The city won't issue remodeling permits any more for houses in the flood zone. Teardown then new construction only permitted if the new house is built on an earthen platform higher than the fake global warming flood level. I live in a highly desireable neighborhood, so that's happening all around me. Soon it's going to look like a Mayan city full of temples on earthen mounds. My new neighbors are mostly leftists from Kalifornia.

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