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Update Sept 3, 2017 Harvey Flooding Disaster

FOX NEWS  SEPT 3, 2017 GENERAL JOSEPH LENGYEL, CHIEF NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU

THOUSANDS STILL TRAPPED IN FLOODED HOMES, ONE MILLION DISPLACED

RESCUE EFFORTS STILL UNDERWAY NINE DAYS AFTER HARVEY RIPS THROUGH TEXAS AND LOUISIANA

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Sunday Sept 3, 2017

Mandatory evacuation issued for flooded homes … – ABC13 Houston

abc13.com/power-cut-in-parts-of-west-houston-evacuation-zone/2370185/

3 hours ago – Sunday Sept 3, 2017 A mandatory evacuation has been issued for homes in west … water in the west Houston evacuation zone will lose power on Sunday morning. Crews began to cut power to flooded homes in a west Houston evacuation zone …

The threat of ELECTROCUTION also played a role in the decision to cut power.

“It’s in the best interest of public safety,” Turner said.

The homes are expected to be inundated for the next two weeks as controlled releases from the reservoirs continue, officials said.

Residents whose homes had not taken on water are not included in the evacuation order and will not have their power cut.

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Immediate risks from floods include death by drowning — often people drown in their cars as they try to flee — ELECTROCUTION, and hypothermia.

Fears of cholera and typhoid add to challenges for Texas

https://www.ft.com/content/86550468-8e68-11e7-a352-e46f43c5825d

2 days ago – Authorities warn of dangers of wading in contaminated waters in Harvey’s wake. … Fears of cholera and typhoid added to the challenges facing Texas in the … on Thursday warned residents not to wade in the city’s flood water. … that tested water in the area had E Coli levels 125 times higher than what is …

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Sewage-laden floodwaters dumped on Texas by Hurricane Harvey bring a higher risk of disease, such as bacterial infections and mosquito-borne illnesses,

 AND THE FALLOUT MAY LINGER FOR YEARS, EXPERTS WARN.

The long-term picture could be even more dire, as communities grapple with immense amounts of polluted water in the streets, in homes and businesses.

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Flooded Texas faces higher risk of disease, experts warn – MSN.com

www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/flooded-texas-faces-higher-risk-of…/ar-AAqQMuL

6 days ago – When floodwater washes over a heavily populated metro area like Houston, it is sure to be dirty and dangerous, experts say. … drinking water system, raising the risk of contaminated water and with it, cholera. …. Slide 125 of 146: Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her.

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A Sea of Health and Environmental Hazards in Houston’s Floodwaters …

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/us/houston-contaminated-floodwaters.html?…1

3 days ago – Navigating floodwaters brought by Harvey on Tuesday in Houston. … “Well water is at risk for being contaminated,” Dr. Persse said, “and the …

Officials in Houston are just beginning to grapple with the health and environmental risks that lurk in the waters dumped by Hurricane Harvey, a stew of toxic chemicals, sewage, debris and waste that still floods much of the city.

Flooded sewers are stoking fears of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases. Runoff from the city’s sprawling petroleum and chemicals complex contains any number of hazardous compounds. Lead, arsenic and other toxic and carcinogenic elements may be leaching from some two dozen Superfund sites in the Houston area.

Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman for the Houston Health Department, said the hazards of the water enveloping the city were self-evident.

“There’s no need to test it,” he said. “It’s contaminated. There’s millions of contaminants.”

HE SAID HEALTH OFFICIALS WERE URGING PEOPLE TO STAY OUT OF THE WATER IF THEY COULD, although it is already too late for tens of thousands.

“WE’RE TELLING PEOPLE TO AVOID THE FLOODWATER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

 DON’T LET YOUR CHILDREN PLAY IN IT. AND IF YOU DO TOUCH IT, WASH IT OFF,”

  1. VILLARREAL SAID. “REMEMBER, THIS IS GOING TO GO ON FOR WEEKS.”

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Pictures how toxic brown flood water has ravaged Texas | Daily Mail …

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/…/Satellite-images-taken-months-apart-flooding-Texas.html

2 days ago – Officials said most of the flooded waters are expected to recede by the end of the … After on August 30: The city had a mandatory evacuation on … without water as the storm continues to dump record-setting amounts of rain.

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Harvey flooding: Beaumont water system fails, chemical plant has …

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/harveys-wake-drifts-north-as-battered-coast-left-wit…

1 day ago – Crippled water system, chemical plant blaze, vivid examples of … aircraft through the smoke and monitoring for toxic chemicals. … reservoirs to evacuate as the Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water from them.

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Sewage, debris, mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for …

https://www.theguardian.com › US News › Houston

4 days ago – Flood waters were still pouring into homes in Houston – bringing with them a … mosquitoes: flood waters increase health risk for Harvey victims.

A week after Harvey, cities deluged and 1 million displaced – AOL News

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/09/01/a…1-million-displaced/23190398/

2 days ago – Harvey has displaced over a million people, with 44 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston and knocked out the drinking water …

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Less than 20% Harvey victims have flood insurance as FEMA braces …

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/…/insurance…flood…/613239001/

5 days ago – Insurance woes await flood victims in under-covered Houston area. … one-in-five homes in the greater Houston area are covered by flood … 20% of homeowners with flood damage in the region have insurance …. 5 hours ago.

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FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for …

https://www.cnbc.com/…/fema-expects-more-than-450000-harvey-disaster-victims-to-…

FEMA expects more than 450,000 Harvey disaster victims to file for assistance. Published 7:26 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug 2017 | Updated 10:53 AM ET Mon, 28 Aug … people were expected to seek disaster assistance due to flooding after Harvey …

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a

https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-september-3-201…

2 days ago – President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National …

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Congress has one month to fix flood insurance. Hurricane Harvey …

www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article170083372.html

5 days ago – Congress must renew the National Flood Insurance Program by Sept 30, 2017. … Florida, with more than 1.7 million policies, has 35 percent of the 5 … Could Hurricane Harvey impact South Florida’s homeowner insurance rates?

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DHS/FEMA/NFIP Funding Ends Sept 30, 2017

Posted on August 27, 2017 9:42 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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FEMA | Homeland Security

https://www.dhs.gov/keywords/fema

DHS ACTIVATES SURGE CAPACITY FORCE TO SUPPORT RESPONSE TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY DEVASTATION. … This voluntary program for federal employees within the Department of Homeland Security allows non-FEMA employees an opportunity to support disaster response efforts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979.

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To be continued…. Release Date: September 3, 2017

For Immediate Release
FEMA News Desk
Phone: 202-646-3272

The Road to Recovery: The Federal Family’s Coordinated Efforts to Support Survivors in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey