There are more than 32,000 people in shelters across Texas as Harvey continues drenching the state's Gulf Coast.
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter the USA state of Texas, now meandering to Louisiana after leaving nearby Houston submerged in record levels of flood water. The U.S. government allocated $125 billion in aid to Katrina relief, and Abbott said he thought Harvey relief should be more given its size.
Abbott activated 12,000 National Guard members in the wake of Harvey and now, there are around 14,000 members on the ground. "The worst is not yet over for South East, Texas as far as the rain is concerned", said Abbott.
Abbott said the Pentagon has dispatched 200 boats and 200 high-water vehicles to assist with those rescue efforts, in addition to the 600 National Guard vehicles, 500 boats and 100 helicopters already deployed at 25 locations across Texas. "Stranger helping stranger", Abbott said.
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Officers, however, could not keep someone in custody based exclusively on their immigration status. They must only share that information with federal authorities.
He said Rain continues to fall and flooding in certain areas may last another week. He also added that plans are in the works to deploy 10,000 National Guard members from other states.
As of Wednesday morning, crews have made more than 8,500 rescues and more than 26,000 have been evacuated.
By Wednesday morning, state officials said more than 32,000 people are shelters across Texas, and 30,000 additional shelter beds are now online to cope with an increasing number of refugees - majority from Houston and Southeast Texas.
Harvey roared ashore as a hurricane Friday, then triggered deadly floods as a tropical storm. Abbott says Texas also has an additional 30,000 beds "available as needed" for those who fled or are still fleeing floodwaters associated with the storm. "FEMA has already provided more than 5 million meals" said Abbott.