Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas declared a day of prayer for those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey Friday, and said this is a time for Texans and Americans to unite and “pray for thanksgiving.”
“This coming Sunday September the third I have declared it a day of prayer in the state of Texas. It doesn’t matter what faith or religion or belief that you have. This is a time for Texans and Americans to unite and pray for thanksgiving for those who have risked their lives. The first responders and volunteers who’ve supported our fellow Texans, but also pray for the victims of this horrific storm. And we want to unite as one state and one nation,” Abbott told “Fox and Friends.”
Abbott said officials are still in rescue mode in Beaumont, Texas, as flood waters continue to wreak havoc.
“We are still involved in recovery and rescue operations,” he said. “If you look at Beaumont, Texas, which is east of Houston we still have catastrophic flooding going on. We have water rescues going on. We are in the life saving mode over in that region. Also as the waters begin to recede in Houston Texas we are still involved in the life saving process there.”
Abbott added that those who don’t have flood insurance will be taken care of.
“Part of it will be from the FEMA appropriations that can be made, and we are working through all the different possibilities,” he said. “There are a multitude of different strategies for people to get up and going.
“We’ve already had hundreds of thousands of people register with FEMA and already begin to get reimbursements, so this is happening very fast,” he added.
Abbott also had high praise for President Donald Trump and the administration saying they were compassionate and committed to rebuilding the city of Houston and the surrounding areas.
“I got to tell you from the president to the vice president to the entire cabinet, there’s been one of both compassion from their very heart, by the way that they’ve been moved to see the devastation but also there’s been a deep commitment to ensure that they will do all they can to help rebuild Texas,” Abbott said.
“This is the great Texas spirit. They’re just happy to be alive and they’re all dedicated to rebuilding their lives as swiftly as possible,” he concluded.
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