Karen Fratti
September 02, 2017 11:52 am
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Tropical storm Harvey has wrecked havoc on parts of Texas and Louisiana all week, with one more devastating image after another. Donald Trump visited the region on Tuesday and pledged to rebuild, but its going to take a lot of time after the unprecedented amount of rainfall and flooding. The damage has drawn the attention of world leaders including Queen Elizabeth, who sent a message to Harvey victims that really puts things into perspective. She reportedly reached out to Trump, and then released an emotional statement on Friday, writing:

The damage from Harvey is still being assessed, but the numbers are already staggering. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at least 49,000 homes in Texas were damaged in the flood and 200,000 homes still don’t have power. Almost 800,000 people were evacuated from Texas and Louisiana in the storm, although authorities are starting to allow some people to return to their homes in order to get a handle on the damage to their personal property.

On Saturday, Trump returned to Texas to visit Houston, which was hit hardest by the storm. Although he didn’t visit with any victims or volunteers during his first visit, Trump has plans to meet with people on the ground this weekend. After Houston, Trump will also make a stop in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which was hit by Harvey later in the week.

When the storm hit Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards warned residents to evacuate with a grave message. “Somewhere between being complacent and being panicked is the right place [to be]. That’s where we’re going to ask the people of Louisiana to settle,” he said, according to The Washington Post.

It’s been a long and terrifying week for residents in the Gulf of Mexico. Although there are likely years of rebuilding to do, it’s good to know that Americans have the support they need, whether it’s from Congress passing a relief package in a timely manner or just good vibes from the Queen of England.

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