Wednesday 21 February 2018

Federal loans approved to help cities in Hurricane Harvey's wake

Thousands of people have been displaced by torrential rains and catastrophic flooding since Harvey slammed into south-east Texas last week (AP)
Thousands of people have been displaced by torrential rains and catastrophic flooding since Harvey slammed into south-east Texas last week (AP)

Texas cities are receiving financial help towards reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey brought floods and damaged homes across the region.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) approved loans to help keep struggling cities operating after the storms.

Texas governor Greg Abbott announced the approval on Twitter, saying the loans are critical to providing services in some communities.

It is an early step in a massive clean-up effort, beginning with people leaving emergency shelters.

More than 50,000 people are in government-paid hotels. Fema officials are weighing up other options, like mobile homes.

The storm is now blamed for at least 60 deaths in 11 counties.

Harris County, which is home to Houston and saw the worst flooding during the storm, reports 30 confirmed deaths as of Monday evening.

Press Association

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