Weekly Wrap: All Eyes on Aftermath of Harvey

Jon Howard
September 5, 2017

Chemicals maker Arkema SA and public health officials warned of the risk of more explosions and fires at a plant owned by the company.

And as floodwaters receded in Houston, Texas's biggest city, nearby towns such as Beaumont - which had lost its water supply - and Port Arthur were struggling to get back on their feet.

He moved to the region from Calgary a few years ago, bringing with him vital experience he gained while helping with search-and-rescue operations in the aftermath of a devastating flood that struck that city in 2013.

It remains hundreds of miles from land but was forecast to possibly hit Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti by the middle of next week.

For much of the Houston area, forecasters said the rain is pretty much over.

Bernard Mills and Ashley Hamilton live in the city's flooded fifth district.

"They were the last holdouts, the last house", said Dennis Landy, a neighbour who had spent the day in his ferrying people by boat from a small, remote group of houses near Rose City, Texas, close to the Neches' banks, to safety.

"We got flooded in Ike, in Rita". "I'm stuck upstairs. It's just me and my dog". This storm is like nothing any of us has ever seen in our lifetimes.

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"The sad thing is, of the deaths we've seen, we're going to see more, unfortunately", said Jeff Schlegelmilch, the deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center has its eyes on a new storm system gaining power over the Eastern Atlantic: Hurricane Irma. Oil prices have slipped over the week in response.

At Thursday's Packers-Rams game, fans will also see instructions on the TundraVision video boards on how to donate by texting the American Red Cross.

A fresh blaze broke out Friday evening at a chemical plant in Crosby, northeast of Houston, sending a giant plume of thick black smoke billowing into the sky. Those calls might be recorded, so you can use those timestamps to your advantage if there's confusion about what was promised. But still so much to do.

Several East Coast refineries have run out of gasoline, raising fears that travellers will face fuel shortages during the three-day holiday. "To me, this is a helicopter function from here on out unless the water level falls".

Storm Harvey may cost the United States a record $160 billion, or 1 percent of its gross national product, according to estimates by the AccuWeather weather firm cited by USA Today. Another 19 remained missing.

Reuters have analysed satellite imagery of areas in the Harris and Galveston counties to come up with the figure, which represents property market values, not storm damage, which was not possible to discern from the images.

Tens of thousands crowded in evacuation centers across the region.

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