Trump heading to Texas amid warning of further flooding

Hurricane Harvey first made landfall in southeast Texas on Friday night and is devastating the region with massive rainfall and flooding.

Trump on Monday also approved an emergency declaration due to rain and flooding in Louisiana, where parts of the state could see up to 25 inches of rain fall.

Mr Trump said he would speak to the US Congress about boosting emergency funds.

State officials have said at least eight people appear to have died as a result of Harvey.

About 6.8 million, a quarter of the Texas population, affected.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator Brock Long said tens of thousands would be in need of temporary homes, with the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey expected to worsen.

President Donald Trump will visit the stricken area on Tuesday, his spokesman said. They are expected to remain closed until at least Wednesday.

Superstar and Houston native Beyonce has announced her pledge to "help as many as we can" affected by the flooding and other damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Ward 12 Councillor Harold Usher, a Belizean immigrant to Canada, said he has a niece, in-laws, friends, and acquaintances in the Houston area, including some who settled there from Belize.

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As of Monday morning, there have been over 2,000 rescues in the Houston area, according to CNN.

With emergency services stretched to the limit, Houston police put out a call on Monday for "anyone with a boat who can volunteer to help".

The picture was shared on Twitter Saturday with the text "Something you'll never see Trump do: Obama is in Texas serving meals!"

Acevedo said there are about 185 requests outstanding for critical rescues.

Mr Abbott added his second goal was to ensure access to necessities such as food, water and power, with electricity in the process of being restored in areas that most desperately need it. It was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

"Seventy five to 80 percent of our personnel are emergency workers, so this is nothing unusual to them to go out and help", she said.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said, "The storm is more or less stationary, but to the extent that it's moving, it's actually moving towards the east in our direction and that makes this obviously a risky situation for our state".

A record 75cm of rain has fallen on the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.

"We are in touch and working with the Jewish Federations of North America, NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster, and local Jewish communities in the storm's path to gauge the scope of the damage as it unfolds and to quickly address specific needs of the Jewish and general communities", the agency said in a statement.


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