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>> President Trump traveling to Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Saturday to meet victims of Harvey. One of the worst natural disasters in US history that is presenting a test of his administration. Meanwhile, rescuers in the area keeping up their marathon search for survivors. One week after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast, the toll is starting to come into focus.
1 million people displaced, at least 50 feared dead, and an estimated 100,000 homes damaged. The epic storm could cost up to $75 billion. But amid the devastation, small steps toward normalcy. Reuters correspondent Andy Sullivan, in Houston.>> There are increasing signs of recovery. Traffic is picking up on the freeways, the airports and the city zoo have reopened, and trash collection has resumed.
Most houses and businesses have electric power at this point. It's way too early to say things are getting back to normal. There's still 30,000 people living in shelters, and some neighborhoods remain underwater. The city morgue's at capacity, and schools aren't gonna reopen for at least another week. Authorities are warning about the health risks exposed by raw sewage and chemical contaminants in the flood waters as they recede.
And they are saying that the mosquito population is due to explode in coming days.>> On Friday a dramatic fire at the Arkema chemical plant in nearby Crosby following blasts that rocked the flooded facility Thursday. Flooding shut down the nation's largest oil refineries, with AAA reporting the price of a gallon of gas spiking to its highest level since August 2015.
The storm losing strength but still packing a punch as it moves north. Forecasters issuing flood watches from Arkansas to Ohio as remnants of Harvey make their way through the US heartland.