The Mayor Has Declared Houston “Open For Business”, But Still A Long Road Ahead For Harvey Recovery
Mayor Sylvester Turner has declared Houston “open for business,” and offices and restaurants across downtown are expected to reopen Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday.
FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency said 53,630 residents displaced by Harvey are currently staying in government-funded hotel rooms.
About 1,500 evacuees are still at George R. Brown Convention Center, where several said they were homeless, disabled or from public housing.
Harvey, which roared ashore as a Category 4 hurricane resulted in at least 60 deaths.
FEMA says it has about 560,000 families registered for its housing assistance program. They are considering using mobile homes to house people, but they have to find a way to make sure those mobile homes are safe for people to live in.
Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, said Houston’s drinking water hadn’t been affected by the storm, but told CBS, “We would hope that the EPA would be on the ground now to take a look at those Superfund sites, to make sure that contamination is contained and limited.”
President Donald Trump has asked Congress for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts. Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, suggested the cost of recovery could be as much as $180 billion.