President Barack Obama has ordered federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts in areas of Central Texas hit with severe storms and flooding in late October.
Isaac barely had hurricane-strength winds when it blew ashore southwest of New Orleans a year ago, but its effects are still apparent in coastal areas where it flooded thousands of homes.
Two women died after being swept away by floodwaters after weekend rains deluged numerous roads in San Antonio, forcing more than 235 rescues by emergency workers who aided stranded motorists and homeowners at times using inflatable boats.
On Friday, a severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect for Houston as well as neighboring counties. Tumultuous weather and travel was on the minds of many as folks began their weekend.
A hailstorm and severe weather caused extensive damage to property in Houston and surrounding areas Tuesday.
Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a statewide emergency Thursday after storms rolled across Louisiana, dumping huge amounts of rain and causing flooding in some areas.
Because of the heavy rains falling in Houston and surrounding areas as well as the flooded areas, many schools have cancelled classes and after-school activities.
In response to the severe weather impacting Houston, the City of Houston’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will partially activate the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Tuesday.
The Houston area enjoyed a relatively calm Monday but the threat of severe weather lingers for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Romney was asked at a presidential debate whether FEMA should be shut down in light of the deficit. Romney replied that FEMA should “absolutely” be shut down. He was asked specifically if that included disaster relief. He replied that it was “immoral” to provide such relief in the face of “larger debts”, emphasizing that “it makes no sense at all” to have such programs.