Nearly three feet of rain has fallen in a couple of days, and there is no end in sight.
Funny thing is that as Hurricane Harvey churned toward the Texas coast, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told people to stay put. Don’t evacuate, he said. Ride out the storm.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sounded a different note, telling Houstonians that if he were living in the area, he’d head north. “If you have the ability to evacuate and go someplace else for a little while, that would be good.”
Local officials, in response, doubled down on their advice: Don’t go.
The decision has come under scrutiny. Harvey brought “unprecedented” amounts of rainfall to the region — and more rain is yet to come. Thousands of people have been rescued from floodwaters, and some 30,000 are expected to wind up in shelters. More counties and towns have issued evacuation orders, including a county just southwest of Houston, but the city itself has not.
The result was catastrophic, local officials in Texas have reported at least 30 confirmed and suspected flood-related deaths.
But this is not the end as the storm made its second landfall just west of Cameron, La., the National Hurricane Center said at 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Now that the floods have ravaged the city, Abbott has stated that more than 250 highways in Texas are closed, making evacuation from Houston incredibly difficult as the storms are expected to continue this week.
So this is a huge scandal that was noticed by Kathleen Blanco, former Louisiana governor she said that they needed to respond much beter in this situation!
Despite the danger to citizens trapped inside their homes and shelters, Turner defends his decision. “You can’t put 6.5 million people on the roads,” he said, referring to the decision not to evacuate shortly before the hurricane hit.
Kathleen Blanco, former Louisiana governor who was in office when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, says the city officials of Houston should have taken the threat more seriously and were completely unprepared for the areas they did decide to evacuate.
She criticized them, in particular, for their lack of action in those areas predicted to have the worst flooding before the hurricane and have now received the worst of the flooding. “It’s not apparent to us watching that they developed a sensible evacuation formula,” Blanco said. “You have to allow people in the southernmost regions to get out the quickest. You can’t tell everyone to leave at the same time or you end up with gridlock, especially in a big urban center.”
Texas state officials including the governor, and federal officials including President Trump, urged Houstonians to evacuate in preparation for Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, yet the mayor of Houston told residents to “stay put.” Was the mayor attempting to create a political crisis by misleading Houstonians?
The National Weather Service has warned of “additional catastrophic, unprecedented and life threatening flooding” for the rest of this week and standing flash-flood emergency broadcasts are in place for the entire southeast Texas area.
Our prayers go out to those still stranded and affected by the flosouth-eastpefully, city officials will acknowledge their mistakes to this point and cooperate with state and federal authorities so this disaster can be minimized.
Because of Sylvester Turner now we have 30 dead and maybe more he needs to answer for this!
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