Photos: President Trump, first lady visit Harvey flood areas for second time

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President Trump will return to Texas on Saturday morning to visit the Houston area for the first time since Hurricane Harvey hit last weekend.

On his second stop in Texas today, Trump visited a church in Houston that's serving as a distribution center, and offered his congratulations to Abbott on the recovery effort so far and predicted that Texas will defy expectations with the pace of its recovery.

The storm, one of the costliest to hit the United States, has displaced more than 1 million people, with 50 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston, swelled river levels to record highs and knocked out the drinking water supply in Beaumont, Texas, a city of 120,000 people.

Aug. 28 - Harvey meandered back into the Gulf of Mexico south of Galveston, but rain persisted across coastal Texas and Louisiana.

People launch boats from an overpass into floodwaters in Kountze, Texas, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey.

"And behind me, we have faith-based people who are highly respected, and especially so in their communities where they're not only respected, but they're loved - evangelical leaders, Christian leaders - many people of faith". We were suddenly under voluntary evacuation and strongly urged to leave by those running our levee system.

By Friday evening, Harvey had dumped more than 9 inches (23 centimetres) of rain in parts of Arkansas and Tennessee and more than 8 inches (20 centimetres) in spots in Alabama and Kentucky.

"This is going to be a major effort to rebuild Texas", Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell Technologies, said in an interview on Friday on GMA. Not storm victims - volunteers.

From here, the president and first lady will jet to Lake Charles in neighboring Louisiana to visit with emergency responders as well as members of that state's congressional delegation, before flying home to Washington Saturday evening.

Thirteen Superfund sites, heavily contaminated former industrial zones, in Texas were flooded or damaged by Hurricane Harvey, but the full impact on surrounding areas was not immediately clear, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday. But it was in this storm that we were reminded again how to love people and serve each other and that will leave us better than where we started.

In the letter, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney further urges Congress to act expeditiously to raise the debt ceiling by the end of September, so as not to endanger the distribution of requested funds. It's been an incredible five days, six days. Instead of packing lunches and shedding a tear that we had a new kindergartener, we were in a panic to move everything we had of value upstairs.

"These organizations and the many other non-profits involved represent the generosity, determination, and unbreakable spirit of the American people", he said.

The event was marked by Trump's impromptu speech to supporters outside a Corpus Christi firehouse - "What a crowd, what a turnout", he said - instead of images of the president consoling victims or walking among the damage caused by the storm.

When asked about the devastating flooding still covering much of the region, he replied: "The flooding?"

Harvey is the first natural disaster Trump has had to respond to during his presidency.

"It's been really nice", Trump said of the visit.

The mayor said he will request a preliminary aid package of $75 million for debris removal alone.

"These are such great Texans and a storm that has been as large as Texas requires a response as big as Texas", Abbott said on GMA on Friday.

Rising country star Jamie Lynn Spears (and little sister to Britney Spears) confirmed on Twitter that she would also be donating merchandise sales to Houston, while Travis Tritt tweeted about his donation on the social media site.

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