Houston mayor issues new mandatory evacuation for thousands of inundated homes as city prepares to shut the power off and release water from reservoirs

Houston mayor issues new mandatory evacuation for thousands of inundated homes as city prepares to shut the power off and release water from reservoirs

  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a new mandatory evacuation for flooded homes on Saturday
  • The notice was for West Houston, with 4,000 homes, because of a planned water release and power cut-off
  • Turner told the hundreds of people still in the area to think of their safety and the safety of others 
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania visited the city and met with Harvey victims on Saturday
  • Turner asked the president for help with transitional housing and for federal funds for the massive cleanup
  • In Dickinson, Texas, residents are lining up their damaged belongings to be collected by FEMA workers
  • Heartbreaking footage shows the streets lined with ruined goods as neighbors help one another clear up 
  • More than 100,000 homes have been destroyed by Harvey and there are 430,000 claims for FEMA aid 

The mayor of Houston has issued a new mandatory evacuation for inundated homes ahead of a power cut-off and a release of water from the city’s reservoirs.

Mayor Sylvester Turner urged the people of West Houston to put their safety first and to flee the area on Saturday, before a planned water release that will continue to keep floods high in about 4,000 homes.

Turner, who didn’t evacuate the nation’s fourth largest city before Harvey’s waters took hold, told the hundreds of people who remained in the flooded area to think of responders who would risk their lives to save them.

The rest of the city is beginning the long clean up of what the catastrophic storm left in its wake, tossing their ruined belongings on the curb to be taken away after 5ft of water devastated much of Houston.

President Trump and Melania returned to the Lone Star State on Saturday, visiting with some of the thousands of people who were left homeless by the storm.

During the president’s visit, Turner said he asked Trump to help in providing transitional housing for those displaced and for federal funds to help with the monstrous cost to rebuild the city.

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The city of Houston issued a new mandatory evacuation for inundated homes in West Houston on Saturday ahead of a release of water from the city's reservoirs and a power cut-off on Sunday 

The city of Houston issued a new mandatory evacuation for inundated homes in West Houston on Saturday ahead of a release of water from the city’s reservoirs and a power cut-off on Sunday

The people of West Houston were urged to put their safety first and to flee the area before the water release will continue to keep floods high in about 4,000 homes

The people of West Houston were urged to put their safety first and to flee the area before the water release will continue to keep floods high in about 4,000 homes

Turner (pictured), who didn't evacuate the nation's fourth largest city before Harvey's waters took hold, told the hundreds of people who remained in the flooded area to think of responders who would risk their lives to save them 

Turner (pictured), who didn’t evacuate the nation’s fourth largest city before Harvey’s waters took hold, told the hundreds of people who remained in the flooded area to think of responders who would risk their lives to save them

President Trump and Melania returned to the Lone Star State on Saturday, visiting with some of the thousands who were left homeless by the storm. The pair handed out food to a line of evacuees and took pictures with some fans who had lined up

President Trump and Melania returned to the Lone Star State on Saturday, visiting with some of the thousands who were left homeless by the storm. The pair handed out food to a line of evacuees and took pictures with some fans who had lined up

Erlind Trigo and her niece Miriam weep as they look at family photographs which they salvaged from their home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston on Saturday 

Erlind Trigo and her niece Miriam weep as they look at family photographs which they salvaged from their home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston on Saturday

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas, on Saturday where residents are now going through the painstaking and devastating chore of tossing out their ruined belongings  

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas, on Saturday where residents are now going through the painstaking and devastating chore of tossing out their ruined belongings

Eventually, the rain stopped and the storm moved on to Beaumont, Lake Charles and Port Arthur. Those areas are still at the mercy of the floods. Pictured: Residents hang out in front of homes which are surrounded by floodwater in Orange, Texas

Eventually, the rain stopped and the storm moved on to Beaumont, Lake Charles and Port Arthur. Those areas are still at the mercy of the floods. Pictured: Residents hang out in front of homes which are surrounded by floodwater in Orange, Texas

Trump and Melania flew to Houston on Saturday morning for their second trip to Texas since Hurricane Harvey ravaged the state.

Their first stop was the NRG Stadium in Houston, where thousands are evacuating after being forced out of their homes by the devastating floods brought by Harvey earlier in the week.

Together they gave out Red Cross meal boxes, shook hands and took selfies with some of the thousands who are being forced to take shelter.

President Trump was jovial and upbeat, kissing the heads of babies and holding hands with little boys who strode up to him for a hug. Before taking their places to give out food, the notoriously germaphobic president proclaimed ‘my hands are too big’ as he struggled his fingers in to a pair of latex gloves.

Melania, who received criticism for the glamorous outfit she chose to travel to Texas in earlier in the week, was defiant with her wardrobe choices on Saturday.

She first emerged from the White House in a $1,590 Ralph Lauren dress and $650 pair of Manolo Blahnik heels before changing on board Air Force One into a denim shirt, jeans and sneakers.

After spending time with evacuees at the stadium, the pair went on to a church in Pearland where Trump heaped praise on Texas governor Greg Abbott and congratulated him on doing a ‘terrific job’ since Harvey hit. …..More Here

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