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Harvey Update for Friday September 1

 

Harvey’s flood waters are dropping across much of the Houston area in the first glimmer of hope in days for the besieged city. But the crisis was far from over, and the storm began to give up some of its dead. The number of confirmed deaths now exceeds 30 and the toll is virtually certain to rise. Thousands of homes in and around the nation’s fourth-largest city were still swamped and could stay that way for days or longer. At least $35 million in direct aid has been distributed but those numbers are expected to climb dramatically in coming weeks.

As gas prices spike across Texas and fuel runs short at some gas stations, officials say there’s no shortage of fuel in the state because of Harvey. Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said consumers are putting an undue demand on fuel and that’s making it difficult to resupply gas stations in a timely fashion. He called the problem simply one of demand and logistics.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is investigating after explosions and fires rocked a flood-crippled chemical plant near Houston. The agency wants to learn more information about which specific chemicals were stored at the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby and their chemical composition.

Governor Gregg Abbott has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday (Sep 3), a ‘Day of Prayer’ in Texas. He issued the proclamation on the grounds of what remains of First Baptist Church in Rockport.The Governor was among a group of state and federal officials visiting Rockport with Vice President Mike Pence. Abbott explained that Sunday will be a day to pray for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey, including the first responders and volunteers who are helping others.