A&M chancellor to lead Harvey recovery efforts

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of Harvey in Texas (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ordering about 4,500 manufactured housing units to help people who are left without homes after Harvey dumped as much as 52 inches (132.08 centimeters) of water in some areas in just days.

FEMA officials have said they have an existing inventory of more than 1,700 of the manufactured homes or trailers stored in Selma, Alabama, and Cumberland, Maryland. Officials in Texas have said housing is a major issue after the catastrophic flooding that swept through many counties.

Agency officials say about 560,000 families are registered for FEMA’s housing assistance program.

FEMA brought in thousands of pre-manufactured homes after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. The program was plagued with issues, though, including some flood victims who complained of medical issues after exposure to formaldehyde in the glue used to assemble the mobile homes.


6:55 p.m.

The five living former U.S. presidents are expanding an appeal originally planned to raise money for organizations helping victims of Harvey to now also include those affected by Hurricane Irma.

The “One America Appeal” is being announced during Thursday evening’s national broadcast of the Kansas City-New England National Football League season opener. A similar announcement is planned for NFL broadcasts this weekend.

The appeal features former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

A statement released by Jim McGrath, George H.W. Bush’s spokesman, says a special restricted account has been established through the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to “collect and quickly distribute donations to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar goes to assist hurricane victims.”

Funds designated to help victims of Hurricane Harvey will be distributed to the Houston Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state. The elder Bush is a Houston resident.

The statement says efforts are underway to evaluate how the appeal can help those affected by Irma.


6:25 p.m.

The family of a woman who went missing more than a week ago at a Houston hotel as it flooded from Harvey says a body believed to be hers has been located in the building.

Jill Renick went missing Aug. 27 while staying at the Omni Houston Hotel, where the 48-year-old worked as director of spa…

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