National Guard troops being deployed in Texas: governor

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday said damage from Hurricane Harvey would exceed that of epic hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, likely reaching $150 billion to $180 billion.

Parts of Texas remain under inches of floodwater after Hurricane Harvey hit on Friday, ravaging the Gulf Coast with storm surges, flash flooding and devastating winds along the coast and further inland. "I can't begin to tell you the number of lives saved simply by neighbors helping neighbors".

"The president has made it clear, Congress is making it clear, this [$7.85 billion in Harvey aid] is just a down payment", he said, adding: "It will require even more than was funded for Katrina, which was $120 billion...."

"I think it's very important that I issue and sign a proclamation here today, by the power vested in me by the state of Texas, I am declaring this Sunday, September 3, as a day of prayer in Texas".

"There are a multitude of different strategies for people to get up and going", said Abbott, urging Texans who have been affected to register as soon as they can with FEMA, at www.disasterassistance.gov. "There are a multitude of different strategies for people to get up and going".

The Texas Railroad Commissioner said panic buying is causing a run on gas and empty fuel pumps.

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He says people who suffered through Harvey's floods expect emergency management officials to work "with the greatest degree of urgency".

Video released by the Navy shows the seven adults, seven children and the animals crowded inside a Sea Hawk helicopter Thursday as they were flown from an elementary school in the town of Vidor to safety in nearby Beaumont.

"We are still involved in recovery and rescue operations", he said.

"This is a can-do city". "And then we went to a church where supplies were being put together that would feed people".

Trump visited the region on Saturday for the second time after an initial trip there last Tuesday. Trump said he did not want to hamper rescue efforts.

"This is the great Texas spirit".

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