>> President Trump landing in Texas as a record-setting storm continues to pound the region. I'm Andy Sullivan, in Corpus Christie Texas, where President Trump is meeting with local officials to assess the response to what is shaping up to be the most devastating storm to hit Texas in more than half a century.
Trump has promised that Congress will act quick to help pay for the recovery, but at this point, local officials don't even know the extent of the damage. Houston is still getting pounded with torrential rain and flooding and that's expected to continue for several more days.>> We love you.
You are special. We're here to take care, it's going well. And I wanna thank you for coming out, we're gonna get you back and operating immediately. Thank you, everybody. What a crowd, what a turnout.>> Many residents say they're grateful for the attention from the President.>> Anything will help right now, cuz right now, we ain't got nothing now.
>> Yeah, I hope he just uplifts the community cuz they really need it right now.>> He brings his checkbook and you know it'd be a better thing.
Texas Governor, Greg Abbott.>> We want him to see and understand the enormous challenges that Texans have faced and the need for the aid that he is providing.
He's a champion of Texans, and a champion of helping us rebuild, and I think we will hear that commitment.>> FEMA Administrator Brock Long saying 30,000 people need shelter and up to 450,000 people could eventually end up applying for federal aid. The total bill's certain to reach into the billions of dollars and the rebuilding effort likely to stretch on for years.
Getting that money approved could be tricky. Trump's relations with Congress are strained after he threatened to shut down the government if lawmakers don't pay for his wall with Mexico. Trump has been eager to show that he is on top of this situation, mindful of the example of President George W Bush, whose presidency was hobbled by what was widely perceived to be his ineffective response to Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.
That doesn't seem to be the case this time. Local, state, and federal officials are being widely praised for their work, but Trump has to make sure that that aid package gets through Congress on a timely basis. For him, the real work is back in Washington, not here in Texas.