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Hurricane Harvey Recovery Could Cost More Than Katrina, Says Texas Governor

04 September, 2017, 06:46 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Greg Abbott said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that his state was going to need a massive commitment from the federal government as it begins to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey.

The White House's request for almost $8 billion in emergency storm aid - made in a letter late Friday to House Speaker Paul Ryan - was $2 billion more than what the White House was expected to request, suggesting a rapid rise in needed funding as the scale of the disaster becomes clear. Per Politico, he estimated the ultimate cost at about $180 billion total.

"It's going to take years for us to be able to overcome this challenge", Abbott said.




Officials said at least 75 schools in Houston suffered severe or extensive water damage, or more than 25 percent of all those in the district.

Almost 200,000 homes have suffered flood damage and about 12,600 were destroyed, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Saturday. In Beaumont, about 85 miles (140 km) east of Houston, officials were trying to fix a flood-damaged pumping station that caused the city of about 120,000 people to lose drinking water for days.

"Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005 as a Category 3 storm with 127 miles per hour winds between Grand Isle, La., and the mouth of the Mississippi River", according to CNN. Harvey, which first came ashore on August 25, is the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years.

While the storms pounding the Pacific coast of Southeast Asia, called Typhoons, are equally ferocious as the Atlantic hurricanes, data provided by reinsurer Munich Re indicates that less people and businesses have their property insured there.

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