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JJ Watt distributes supplies to Hurricane Harvey flood victims

JJ Watt distributes supplies to Hurricane Harvey flood victims”

During the stadium visit, the president at one point chatted with members of the press, and spoke optimistically about the recovery effort and what he's seen, saying "things are working out well", and that the recovery effort has been a "beautiful thing" for the country.

"Katrina caused if I recall more than $120 billion but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120 billion, probably $150 to $180 billion", Abbott told Fox News, adding, "this is far larger than Hurricane Sandy".

The President has been eager to show he is engaged in helping with the response to the storm, including posts on social media and public remarks.

The head of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called federal aid a "ray of hope" but said state and local officials also needed to do their part.

Several of Watt's teammates were on hand to help out, even though some of them were personally affected by the natural disaster.

That will mean more than supplies and money for construction and infrastructure; it will require counseling services for victims, unemployment assistance and job training for those who are displaced and those who stay, and other social services created to help people become self-sustaining after tragedy. "We mourn and pray and struggle through the hardships - together".

The Trumps arrived later Saturday in Louisiana to meet with more victims.

Trump may take cues from US Vice President Mike Pence, who went to a damaged church, cleared away tree limbs and debris, and hugged storm victims this past week.

And Trump acknowledged the need for more empathy he addressed the storm with a decidedly more emotional tone during a Wednesday speech on tax reform in Missouri.

"At this time, the priority of our organization is getting our players, coaches and staff back home to be reunited with their families, many of whom have been evacuated from their homes and are now sheltered", the Texans said in a statement.

As Trump visited, the Houston area was still burying its dead and trying to contain the mess.

"Flooding is still kind of rampant in the areas where we need to get to to restore the power", said Kay Jones, a spokeswoman.

The trip may have political implications for Trump.

Hurricane Harvey is Trump's first natural disaster as president and it could be the costliest natural disaster in US history. Property damage could be as high as $100 billion, Moody's Analytics says. Since then, receding water has helped the city receive and distribute supplies.

Gov. Greg Abbott warned Friday in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" that it could take years for Texas to "dig out from this catastrophe".

The White House has asked Congress for Dollars 7.85 billion for Harvey-related "response and initial recovery efforts", calling it a "down payment" on the long-term cost of recovering from the record flooding. And we're signing a lot of documents now to get money into here. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office says the House will vote on Harvey funding next week.

Trump vowed to personally donate $1 million of his own funds to Harvey relief efforts. The President has not yet determined which group or groups will receive the donation.

The lifting of the order may help residents like Paul Mincey, a 31-year-old tugboat engineer who has been kept out of the ranch home he shares with his girlfriend, return to normal.

He spotted a man wearing a red "Trump is my president" T-shirt and pulled him in front of news cameras.



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