The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott said the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is somewhere between $150 billion and $180 billion.
In just 2 weeks, 47 people have been reported dead and over a million displaced by the hurricane, said to be the deadliest to hit Texas in over 50 years.
Abbott says the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is more than the damage caused by either Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy, and is asking the United States government for aid.
“Katrina caused, if I recall, more than $120bn but when you look at the number of homes and business affected by this I think this will cost well over $120bn, probably $150bn to $180bn,” Abbott told Fox News. “This is far larger than Hurricane Sandy.”
he administration of US President Donald Trump has asked Congress for an initial $7.85bn for recovery efforts, which Abbott called a “down payment”.
“This is a long road to hoe if we are going to rebuild the fourth-largest city in the United States as well as the entire geographic region,” Abbott said.
The head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called federal aid a “ray of hope” but said state and local officials also needed to do their part.
“We need elected officials at all levels to sit down and hit the reset button and make sure they have everything they need to increase levels of self-sufficiency,” FEMA Administrator Brook Long told CBS News.
“They can’t depend only on federal emergency management,” Long said, declining to offer a figure for how much money the White House would eventually ask from Congress.