Texas Governor: Houston flooding may be 'worst city has ever suffered'

Texas Governor Greg Abbott gives an update on Harvey's impact on his state.
3:13 | 08/27/17

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Let's get more on this from the governor of Texas tgs, Greg Abbott. Thank you for joining us. We heard rob Marciano tell us about the devastatinging situation if Houston. What can you tell us about the situation on the ground? The what sir rising. This is a situation that Houston yans have dealt with before. Houston is prone to flood once a year like this. This is one of the worst if not the worst that Houston has suffered. What we're involved in, at the local level especially, is rescuinging as many people as possible. Underi understanding that our top goal is to save lives. This is an all-out effort on search and rescue. You were warning people on Friday to evacuate Houston. That didn't happen. Mistake? Listen, the local officials know best about this. The reason why they made the call, think, is because they understood that the hurricane itself was unlikely to hit Houston. And they were prepared for the flooding that is occurring right now. So they have assets in place. Texas tgs, overnight, has provided them additional assets. Including our military high-level vehicles that will assist in rescuing people as well as sending boats and perhaps helicopters to be involved if the search and rescue process. What is your biggest worry? Are you getting what you need from the federal government? I tell you what. We could not be more appreciative of what the federal government has done from the president on down. Because, everything we have asked for, they have given us. The most important thing was I made a disaster declaration that the president granted very swiftly. It triggers FEMA's involvement. They've been actively involved and engaged in the process long before the hurricane hit the ground. Texas will be able to begin the rebuilding process swiftly. Expect to come back to the federal government for emergency funds to help with that? The emergency funds will come through FEMA. We'll be expanding the number of counties included in the disaster declaration. Harris county now will be added to this. We're thankful the for the swift, effective@ action and support we have received from the federal government. The white house says the president expects to visit Texas this week. Does that make sense or risk diverting resources away from the relief effort? It depends. We had a hurricane hit around the Corpus Christi area that is now moving northeast. And is over closer to the Houston area. And it depends on where he goes. We're already, for example involved in the cleanup process in Corpus Christi. If the president were to visit there, it wouldn't hinder any efforts. We'll have to wait and see where the storm goes, understanding that this entire storm has been very unpredictable@in its movement. I couldn't tell you right now where it will be in two days. Governor Abbott, good luck. Thank you for your time this morning. Thank you, George.

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