Problems plague Texas after Harvey as funerals for dead begin

HOUSTON — One week after Harvey roared into the Gulf Coast, residents of a Texas city struggled with no drinking water, fires continued to erupt at a stricken chemical plant and funerals began for some of the mounting toll of victims. 

In Beaumont, Texas, home to almost 120,000, people waited in a line that stretched for more than a mile to get bottled water after the municipal system failed earlier this week. 

People staying in the city’s three Red Cross shelters had to leave because there was no running water, CBS News correspondent Anna Werner reports. Beaumont’s major hospital was forced to evacuate its patients, including infants.

Maj. Justin Davis of the Texas Air National Guard said evacuations will continue around the clock.

“As problems crop up, we put our heads together, we come up with a solution and we do what’s right and we do what’s best for everyone,” Davis said.”

Thick black smoke and towering orange flames shot up Friday after two trailers of highly unstable compounds blew up at Arkema, a flooded chemical plant in Crosby, the second fire there in two days. 

And in Houston, friends and family gathered Friday evening to remember 42-year-old Benito Juarez Cavazos, one of at least 40 people whose deaths are attributed to Harvey. Cavazos came to Texas illegally from Mexico 28 years ago and was in the process of getting his green card. 

“It’s very unfortunate that right when he finally had hopes of being able to maybe go to Mexico soon to go see his family it all went downhill,” his cousin, Maria Cavazos, said. “Sadly, he’s going back to Mexico, but in an unfortunate way.” 

Mourners gather for Harvey victim Benito Juarez Cavazos at Del Pueblo Funeral Home in Houston, Texas, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

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President Trump announced plans Friday to make his second visit to the region devastated by Harvey. On Saturday, he will be in Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey the damage. The White House said he would have time during the visit with the first lady to talk to residents. 

The White House sent a initial request to Congress for $7.9 billion in emergency funding for the recovery Friday night.

Earlier Friday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that ongoing releases of water from two reservoirs could keep thousands of homes flooded for up to 15 days. He told residents that if they stayed and later needed help, first responders’ resources…

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