HOUSTON, TX — This weekend marks the 6-month mark of Hurricane Harvey slamming the Texas coast and flooding everything from Houston to the Golden Triangle. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner held a press conference Friday to give updates regarding recovery, rebuilding and funding.
Turner said the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has already guaranteed $5 billion for the Harvey recovery effort in Texas. Of the $90 billion approved by the U.S. Congress in its latest budget.Turner didn’t know the amounts that would be distributed to Houston, or Texas. The $90 billion is to be distributed proportionately between Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Turner added that the bureaucratic red tape of Washington will delay the $5 billion in GEMA funding until the summer — after the next hurricane season has already begun. He said the remaining guaranteed federal funds will come by late summer, perhaps before the 1-year mark of Harvey.
The Houston mayor once again applauded 125,000 people who donated to the Houston/Harris County Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that raised more than $120 million. He added that the fourth notice of distribution will be March 5.
Turner praised J.J. Watt’s fundraising efforts and also the money raised by the state. He further gave information with these facts:
10,000 — People still in shelters as of Tuesday this week.
3,422 — Number of households still sheltered in local hotels.
$300,000 — Approved by Turner for flood response training.
$2.5 billion — Amount of damage to city infrastructure and assets.
File photo: A Hurricane Harvey evacuee sits on a stack of newspapers at the NRG Center evacuation center on September 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Over a week after Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas, residents are beginning the long process of recovering from the storm. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)