Gov Abbott: No Special Session to address Harvey
With every rescue and every home lost the damage and cost cause by Hurricane Harvey continues to increase. Despite the looming bill that will come due Governor Greg Abbott Friday said he doesn't have to call lawmakers back to Austin to help address any financial needs.
"We won’t need a Special Session for this, we have smartly provided a lot of resources, at my disposal, to be able to address the needs, between now and the next Session, will begin, and we have kept a lot of money in our Rainy Day Fund, that we will be able to tap into as needed as we go forward."
The governor remains focused on the multi-pronged response to a crisis that constantly changed and expanded. The coastal bend was hammered --- while parts of central and southeast Texas were submerged. Abbott said he noticed something Thursday when he was with Vice President Pence near Corpus Christi.
"The most incredible thing we observed was not the rubble but the resilience of strong hearted Texans just happy to be alive."
Rebuilding remains the big question. Preliminary estimates indicate the majority of homes damaged by flood waters were not insured. Those who were living in apartments may have to pay rent despite being evacuated. State officials some will qualify for aid- but not enough to prevent foreclosures or possible evictions.
"We are working with our partners on that for a smart answer, and we owe you and owe them that answer, let us work on that a little bit,” said Chief Nim Kidd who heads the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
Some Homeowners in Texas with a mortgage will get a little relief. HUD has announced a 90 day moratorium on foreclosures. In the meantime evacuees were urged to sign up for FEMA assistance, currently only a little more than 400,000 have done that. For those who avoided this crisis- they're advised to re-evaluate their own home insurance needs.