U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Texas on Tuesday and vowed the federal government would have a complete response to the devastating flooding of Tropical Storm Harvey, the biggest natural disaster of his White House tenure. "We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it".
"While the hurricane-force winds have diminished - I want to stress that we are not out of the woods yet", said acting US Homeland Security chief Elaine Duke.
"We're very aware of the issues at the convention center", he said during a Tuesday afternoon joint press conference with the president and other officials.
Refiners Valero and Citgo are preparing to restart operations in the next few days at facilities in Corpus Christi, Texas, near where Harvey made landfall overnight on Friday as a Category 4 Hurricane.
Since the evening of Saturday, August 26, when Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf of Mexico and Texas, the travel company Vacations To Go has been unreachable.
Arkansas and Tennessee could see four to eight inches of rain as the storm heads inland.
The president will be briefed on relief efforts across the country's second largest state, where more than 8,000 people have been driven into emergency shelters and hundreds more still await rescue.
"We think you're going to have what you need, and it's going to go fast", Trump told a reporter for a Texas newspaper.
Accompanying Trump is Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, according to ABC News.
Harvey is known to have left at least three people dead so far, with six more deaths potentially tied to the storm, and officials warned the danger has far from passed. Among other things, the grants help people without flood insurance coverage rebuild their homes.
Even though Vice President Mike Pence and federal officials from the Department of Homeland Security have taken the lead on negotiating numerous details of the response, Mr. Trump has taken pains to emphasize his personal involvement in the crisis.