$190 billion. That's what Hurricane Harvey could end up costing, making it the most expensive disaster in history; more than Katrina and Sandy combined.

AccuWeather president Dr. Joel N. Myers says "this is the worst natural disaster in American history. Parts of Houston, the United States' fourth largest city, will be uninhabitable for weeks and possibly months due to water damage, mold, disease-ridden water and all that will follow this 1,000-year flood."

Hurricane Harvey Devastation

Hurricane Harvey dumped record shattering rain over Texas. The worst of the storm left behind over 51 inches in Cedar Bayou, Texas in five days, according to AccuWeather. "Think of the significant area that’s been affected by devastating rains, and we don’t know the extent of it,” says Myers. “It’s probably much worse than the news media is capturing because they can’t get in there.” Take a look at the devastation the media could capture across Texas.

Hurricane Harvey Rescues

More than 10,000 people were rescued by the Coast Guard, Department of Defense, neighbors and strangers. Over 1000 pets were saved as well, according to FEMA. 36 people weren't able to get to safety and have died in Hurricane Harvey, with that number expected to rise once the waters recede. See the heroes of Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Over 32,000 people are in 230 shelters throughout Texas. More than 180,000 meals and snacks have been served to date. Millions have been donated to help with relief efforts and a telethon is planned to raise even more. It'll be held September 12th in New York, Nashville and L.A., airing on all three major networks.

Hurricane Harvey Clean Up

As the water begins to recede, homeowners are cleaning up and more than 90,000 have already been approved for $57 million in FEMA assistance. Residents can register with the FEMA mobile app or at DisasterAssistance.gov.  Survivors whose homes are uninhabitable or inaccessible may have access to short-term lodging at eligible hotels. Get more details at FEMA.gov.

If you want to help the Red Cross is holding more boot camps to train volunteers. The next one in Utica will be Saturday September 9th. You can register online at RedCross.org or call (518) 694-5104.


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