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>> The long, difficult recovery process is starting in areas of Texas devastated by Hurricane Harvey. With the water slowly receding, evacuation orders have been lifted in some areas. Residents are returning to homes hollowed out by the flood waters, but in many cases, still standing. Authorities said some 190,000 homes were damaged and another 13,500 were destroyed by the storm.
Residents of Crosby, near the Arkema chemical plant have been allowed to return after authorities carried out a controlled burn at the plant, that ignited during the flooding. The Army Corps of Engineers said it's beginning a gradual release from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.>> As waters drown down the reservoirs, the Corps expect water levels in areas flooded upstream of the reservoirs to recede.
Downstream home owners will also see a very gradual reduction of water elevations.>> It's been ten days since the storm began dumping 50 inches of rain. Killing around 50 people and causing up to 100 maybe billion dollars in damage. Congress returns from recess to consider a disaster relief package on Wednesday.
As survivors rebuild, authorities say damaged oil pipelines are coming back online. Harvey walloped the most important energy hub in the US, taking up to one-fourth of the countries oil refining capacity offline and driving up fuel prices. But gas prices fell on Monday as the nation's oil heartland claws its way back from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey.