MA responders to help with Harvey relief efforts

The storm made landfall Friday night as a Category 4 and was downgraded Saturday to a tropical storm.

With Harvey, Long said on Monday it was "dang near impossible" to pinpoint beforehand where exactly flooding would occur and that evacuation of the city would have taken days.

A state of emergency has been declared in neighboring Louisiana as well Monday, as officials fear that rain from Harvey will cause flooding there.

Analysts say the outages will also limit the availability of U.S. crude, gasoline and other refined products for global consumers and could push up prices. Although five people were reported dead and dozens injured in the hurricane, the full toll of Harvey's destruction remained unclear, said the report.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said officials are in the early stages of responding to this unprecedented storm.

"When you look at the magnitude of the flooding that's taken place in the fourth largest city in the United States, that we anticipate that it will be years coming back", Pence said.

"Houston is getting the brunt" of Harvey said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long.

Speaking ahead of visiting Texas today, US President Donald Trump promised that the federal government would be on hand to help the State along the "long and hard road to recovery" from the historic storm.

Harvey remains a tropical storm and is expected to return to the upper Texas coast in the next few days, bringing more rainfall and flooding, according to the Weather Channel.

An additional 1,000 National Guard members were expected be sent to Houston on Monday, Abbott said.

The Coast Guard said 18 helicopters and nine boat rescue teams were out conducting search and rescue.

The water has flooded homes and roads and left rescuers working continuously to get people to safety.

By late Sunday, Houston police and fire departments had received almost 6,000 calls for rescues.

"While this is still a unsafe situation with a long response effort ahead, the state and people of Texas are resilient", Long said.

"If you can donate something small, if you can donate something big - whatever you can donate, please donate to help these people out", said Watt, who donated $100,000 to the effort.

"I am sad to report that many of our friends who flooded in the recent past are flooded once again, and there are many others who have never been flooded before", says Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, co-director of Chabad of Uptown with his wife, Chanie. "Having come from a hurricane-designated area in Central America, I know how devastating that can be for some areas".

  • Salvatore Jensen