US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited Texas, on Tuesday, for briefings on relief and response, and to view the damage from Hurricane Harvey that has killed at least 15 people and displaced tens of thousands.
After arriving in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mr Trump revealed that he wanted the relief effort to stand as an example of how to respond to a storm.
He said “This storm, its epic what happened. But you know what, it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything.
“It’s a real team and we want to do it better than ever before. We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, ‘This is the way to do it.’ This was of epic proportion. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this and I just want to say that working with the governor and his entire team has been an honour for us.”
Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott expressed gratitude. He said: “About 10 days in advance of the hurricane, even coming in to the Corpus Christi area, members of the president’s cabinet and the president himself were in contact with me and my office pre-preparing for this catastrophe coming our way.
“Every step of the way as the hurricane came across the shore, as the flooding began in Houston, Texas, the president and his cabinet remained in constant contact with me and my staff, and they all had one thing to say: ‘Texas, what do you need? How can we help?”
Mr Trump attended a number of briefings on the flooding but will not be visiting Houston, swathes of which remain under nearly 50in (1.27m) of water.
He has already declared a federal state of emergency in both Texas and Louisiana, where Harvey is expected to make landfall again on Wednesday morning. The move releases emergency government funding and other assistance.
According to reports, at least 15 people have died and tens of thousands displaced from their homes, particularly in the Houston area where two dams are overflowing.
Rescuers are still trying to reach others that remain stranded after the hurricane, now downgraded to a tropical storm.