MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is expecting to spend the next couple years helping restore areas of Texas devastated by heavy flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to the agency's administrator Brock Long.
"FEMA is going to be there for years. This disaster is going to be a landmark event… We're setting up and gearing up for the next couple years," Long told CNN on Sunday.
Harvey came ashore on Friday as Category 4 hurricane and has been downgraded to a tropical storm since but remains highly dangerous, dumping record-breaking amounts of rain in the region.
- A man floats past a truck submerged on a freeway flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, near downtown Houston.© AP Photo / Charlie Riedel
- Boats that sunk in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are surrounded by floating debris Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Rockport, Texas.© AP Photo / Eric Gay
- A truck drives moves through flood waters left behind by Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Aransas Pass, Texas.© AP Photo / Eric Gay
- Clothes dryers are exposed to the elements after a laundromat lost its roof and portions of walls in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.© AP Photo / Eric Gay
- City workers pull down a canvas covering as the outer bands of Hurricane Harvey move closer, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas© AP Photo / Eric Gay
People in the affected areas are being told to avoid driving on flooded roads. The National Weather Service in Houston has also urged people to get to their roofs if staying at the highest floor of the house becomes too dangerous.