Hurricane Harvey is flooding Houston, Texas USA this weekend. Conflicting messages from different government leaders did not help residents figure out the best way to cope with the coming weather.
There is a reason for the confusion-Texas learned some lessons from the evacuation for Hurricane Rita, where traffic on the roads led to deaths, congestion and more.
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"This disaster's going to be a landmark event," FEMA administrator Brock Long said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "This is a storm that the United States has not seen yet."
The dire reports didn't stop President Donald Trump from tweeting Sunday morning that the flood-response efforts were "going well":
"Wow — Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!"
Houston area officials who urged people to stay home before the storm may have been remembering that the city government was strongly criticized after the disastrous evacuation before Hurricane Rita in 2005.
The US President had declared some counties as major disaster areas in order to start funds flowing to FEMA to assist in efforts after Hurricane Harvey.http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories/S ... 10133.html
The American Red Cross has opened a donation page to assist people affected by Hurricane Harvey. https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurrica ... dium=aspot