Houston Area Begins To Dry Out, Thousands Of Homes Heavily Damaged

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HOUSTON (CBSMiami) – Tens of thousands of people in the Houston area and other parts of southeastern Texas are slowly beginning to recover from Harvey.

In Beaumont, where there is no drinking water and little food, evacuees boarded C-130 military planes while others like Corey Morris are waiting to board buses.

“They say we are going to Dallas or San Antonio, anywhere to help,” he said.

People in nearby Port Arthur are also suffering after Harvey made its 2nd landfall and dumped more than two feet of rain. Thats much more than David Lovra expected.

“We didn’t think it would be this devastating. I never thought my area would actually be really flooded, like flooded to the point where you actually had to swim out,” said Lovra.

In Houston, thousands of evacuees remain in shelters with many asking the same question – whats next? Some are waiting for temporary housing from FEMA others have started heading home to survey damage.

Raquel Miller is not expecting to rebuild.

“You know we probably will not just because it is such an effort to recover from this so we will probably not stay in Meyerland, we’ll move to a different area of town,” she said.

The death toll is now at least 37 and about 37,000 homes are significantly damaged.

President Donald Trump will travel again to Texas on Saturday to survey damage.

Whats left of Harvey dumped nine inches of rain in 24 hours on parts of Tennessee. Overnight crews in the Nashville area made at least 25 water rescues. Forecasters say the storm will finally dissipate Saturday evening around Ohio.

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