Hurricane Harvey may have damaged one million cars in Texas

Hurricane Harvey may have damaged one million cars in Texas
Congress is expected to authorise $7.9bn in relief funding for Texas after the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the US.

Congress is expected to authorise $7.9bn in relief funding for Texas after the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the US.

AS many as one million vehicles may have been damaged by floodwaters across Texas following Hurricane Harvey, experts have said.

State Farm, one of the largest car insurers in the US, said it has already received almost 20,000 claims from the Houston area.

Images from the city showed cars in the street with water up to their roofs for several days, with most likely to be total write offs.

Many people returning to their homes may find their insurance does not cover any repairs that might be possible.

Insurers will turn the vehicles over to salvage yards or auctions, with undamaged parts saved and many of the flooded vehicles set to be scrapped.

Cars sit up to their engines in standing water in Orange, Texas
Cars sit up to their engines in standing water in Orange, Texas

The storm will have caused extensive damage to homes and businesses in the region.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News on Sunday estimates for the damage could reach between $150bn (£115bn) and $180bn (£139bn).

A water treatment plant in Beaumont failed after floodwaters from the Neches River inundated its main intake system and backup pumps failed.

The Army Corps of Engineers sent pumps and a temporary intake pipe was installed by an ExxonMobil team to try and refill a city reservoir.

In Crosby, outside Houston, authorities are monitoring the Arkema chemical plant which was crippled during the flooding.

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Three trailers of highly unstable compounds caught fire there in recent days.

Hurricane Harvey has been blamed for at least 44 deaths.

The school district in Houston has said up to 12,000 students will have to be sent to different schools because of flood-damaged buildings at 22 schools.

At least 156,000 dwellings in Harris County, which includes Houston, are also thought to be damaged.

Mayor Sylvester Turner has warned residents their homes could remain flooded for up to 15 days because of the ongoing release of water from two reservoirs protecting the downtown area of the city.

Around 1,000 evacuees remain at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston. At one time, the centre held 10,000.

President Trump, who visited the city at the weekend, has asked Congress for a $7.9bn down payment to pay for relief and recovery efforts following the storm.

That is expected to be approved when Congress returns to work on Tuesday following its summer break.

Harvey came ashore on 25 August as a category four hurricane, went back out to sea and lingered off the coast as a tropical storm for days.

It brought five straight days of rain – totalling nearly 52 inches in one location – the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the US. news.sky.com

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