Texas governor says repairs after Harvey will 'take years'

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tells "GMA" about additional resources being brought in to help residents in Houston and the state's coastal communities and his conversations with President Trump about the federal response.
2:59 | 08/28/17

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Transcript for Texas governor says repairs after Harvey will 'take years'
Yeah, right now we want to bring in the governor Greg Abbott. He joins us now and, governor, you heard that incredible story in Houston. So many people still looking for help. Right. And that's exactly why overnight we mustered more resources going to be delivered today to make sure we can rescue people like that. We are adding 150 more boats as well as 300 more high water vehicles and another 1,000 National Guard troops who will be able to go in and assist in these rescue processes. Understanding that still our top priority is protecting lives, getting those people to safety. Governor Erp, you knew this was going to be bad by it's worse than you expected. Of course. This is an historic flood and the worst we've seen in the state of Texas and there were, of course, prognostications by weather and anticipation of what may happen and this is exceeded even the most profound prognostications about weather and so it is a very unprecedented storm and in that regard you have to be proud to see the way that our fellow Texans have responded whether they be the first responders or just neighbors helping neighbors deal with this overwhelming catastrophe. You've also been coordinating well with the federal government and I know you've spoken to president trump several times. What can you tell us about those conversations? Well, the president was very concerned about Texans but also very dedicated to making sure that we had everything that we needed and then in the follow-up, I've been in constant contact with his cabinet members as well as Brock long, the head of FEMA. Brock long is meeting me in Texas today. We happen to be going to another location that was the beginning part of this horrific storm and that is the Corpus Christi area where the hurricane first hit ground. We will survey the damage there and begin the process of cleanup there while we continue to provide these emergency services in Houston. Speaking of the scope of the damage, have you had any time to consider when the floodwaters recede, when the rain stops falling what kind of damage you're going to be looking at in your state? Yes, we have been considering this. And the damage will be horrific. First we had the hurricane style damage with the horrific winds that mowed down so many buildings and local facilities where the hurricane crossed inland all the way up to the Victoria area. But second then, of course, there's the horrific flooding damage in the Houston area. Brock long has been very clear about this and I agree. This is going to take years for us to be able to build out the repairs that are going to be needed to overcome this flooding and hurricane disaster. The work has just begun, governor, thanks for your time. Good luck with the rest of the relief and recovery effort. Thank you so much.

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