JJ Watt raises $18 million, donates supplies to Houston victims

A car gets towed while men walk in the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston Texas

The Governor says the almost $8 billion dollars President Trump is requesting from Congress for recovery costs is a mere "down payment". "We are going to take care of each other". At one point, Trump, dressed in a black rain jacket and no tie, picked up a child and kissed her on the cheek.

"Most of all, Mr. President, we thank you for acknowledging that ultimately it is God who is the source of our unity as Americans, and I thank you for issuing this proclamation", he said.

During their first visit to Texas on Tuesday since the storm's landfall, the president and his wife could not meet with victims, which drew criticism.

US President Donald Trump serves food to Hurricane Harvey victims at NRG Center in Houston on September 2, 2017.

On Friday, Trump signed a declaration for Sunday to be observed a National Day of Prayer for the survivors of Harvey and for the response and recovery efforts.

"When we see neighbors in need, we rush to their aid". He has given to our great city more than we could ever have asked for!

He added: "All American hearts are with the people of Texas and Louisiana". Try to do the best we can to keep everybody together.

Irma comes after Hurricane Harvey, which smashed ashore in Texas Aug. 25 causing widespread damage, power outages and flooding and taking nearly a fifth of USA oil refining capacity offline.

Watt also said the trucks with supplies were all donated.

After Hurricane Harvey came ashore last Friday, much of the damage took place in the Houston metropolitan area, which has an economy about the same size as Argentina's.

Most ports in Texas were open on Monday, some with restrictions on traffic and vessel size, said Colonel Lars Zetterstrom, head of the Army Corps of Engineers' regional office in Galveston.

He had previously said the state might need more than $125bn in aid, but revised that figure up on Sunday.

Abbott, who is advocating for US government aid for his state's recovery, said the damage would exceed that of Katrina, the storm that devastated New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005, and Sandy, which overwhelmed NY city and the US Northeast in 2012.

The storm, which lingered around the Gulf Coast for days, dumped record amounts of rain and left devastation across more than 300 miles of the state's coast. (AP) Flood waters began to recede on Saturday (local time), making damage more apparent. "We knew we have a long way to go, but the water's disappearing". This is family land. Trump had said he did not want to hamper rescue efforts.

The area was slowly coming back to life, Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt said on Saturday.

"Yes I've been through a flood, I had a house in Laplace that was flooded", said Ronnie Mains.

Baseball returned to Houston on Saturday, with the Astros beating the New York Mets 12-8 in the first game of a doubleheader at Minute Maid Park.

As the recovery from Harvey picked up speed, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in preparation Irma, a unsafe Category 4 hurricane closing in on a string of Caribbean islands.



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