Flooding continues to ravage Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and it’s expected to continue throughout the week.
An article on Military.com reports that the National Guard has been mobilized from multiple states to help in the effort. Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), said that the assistance from President Trump and the White House has been amazing. “We’ve made multiple requests and we’re getting absolutely everything we need. The White House is being very responsive.”
To assist in rescue efforts, a number of states in the area have sent in National Guard members to provide air and ground assistance. Fire Department rescue units have also arrived in Texas, along with Coast Guard members, as seemingly everyone is pouring in to provide aid.
Boats are patrolling the streets to rescue and transport people, helicopters are snatching people stranded on rooftops, and the Coast Guard is sweeping through the Gulf of Mexico looking for fisherman and freighters stranded by the storms.
Governor Abbot thanked the states that have lent aid, such as New York, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Florida saying, “This is something where everybody is pitching in to help out.”
Andrew Cuomo, Democrat Governor of New York, has sent in more than 100 National Guardsmen along with various aircraft, watercraft, and trained personnel to assist in the effort. “As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate the Gulf Coast, I am deploying emergency personnel and equipment to help mitigate damage and aid in the recovery effort,” he stated.
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, released a tweet saying they would send 120 personnel to assist with medical aid and rescue efforts. “After Superstorm Sandy, so many cities stepped up to help our people. We’ll do all we can to help those affected by this storm.”
President Trump has been working hard to see that Texas receives the necessary aid and relief it needs. After a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and various Cabinet officials, the White House released an official statement detailing Trump’s expectations.
The statement read, “President Trump continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives.”
After visiting Texas, Trump released the following tweet about the tragedy he saw there. “After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!”
Even with the incredible support and effort of various men and women, there are still many thousands of people stranded and needed rescue. According to Brock Long, Director of FEMA, Texas will require years of federal aid in order to fully recover. “This is a storm the U.S. has not seen yet. We’re setting up for the next several years,” he told CNN.
Texas Governor said that the assistance from President Trump and the White House has been amazing. Has the federal government responded adequately to this disaster?
While the hurricane and subsequent storms have been a tragedy, there has been some good to come from it. In a rare form of solidarity and cooperation, men and women have put aside their differences to come to each other’s aid. During a time of ideological infighting and hostilities, the humanitarian efforts in Texas serve as a reminder that underneath the squabbling, everyone is American, and united together when needed the most.