Texas recovery could cost $180 bn: Governor

Governor Greg Abbott and Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today greeted President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump as they landed in Houston, Texas to survey the the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

The sprawling Texas megacity was taking tentative steps back to normalcy after a week of acute flooding that damaged 40,000 to 50,000 homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing to emergency shelters.

Hurricane Harvey came ashore last Friday as the strongest storm to hit Texas in more than 50 years.

"Texas is truly grateful for all the help the President and his administration have provided in our time of need", said Governor Abbott.

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.

Mr Abbott, who is pleading 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.

He continued on to say that over 5 million people had been affected by the storm throughout Texas, in a swath that included Houston, Corpus Christi, and Beaumont. It's been done very efficiently, very well, and that's what we want.

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"That is a can-do city, we're not going to engage in a pity party", Turner said.

In Houston, an overflow crowd packed the 900-seat sanctuary of the historically black Fifth Ward Church of Christ, with many worshippers dressed in their Sunday best while others came in T-shirts. The National Hurricane Center said in an advisory late Saturday night it was still much too early to determine what direct impact it might have on the Bahamas and the continental United States.

Streets in Briarforest, which was eerily empty and quiet Sunday, remained under about three feet (one meter) or more of water.

"I had to take everything out".

As he spoke, people were picking out supplies in a large hall where a relief station was stocked with stacks of donated clothes, food and other necessities.

Businessman Britt Lively said he and fellow members of the Franklin Church of Christ watched the horror unfold from afar and felt compelled to help.

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