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Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Hurricane Harvey Rescue and Recovery Efforts

HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in the wake of flooded roadways that will prevent him from traveling out of Houston to Corpus Christi to survey storm damage from Hurricane Harvey:

"Due to continuing rain and flooding in Houston, I regret that roadways are blocked and I will be unable to travel out of the city to join Gov. Abbott, Sen. Cornyn, and other state and local officials down in Corpus Christi this afternoon. I will remain in Houston, working closely with federal, state, and local officials continue providing relief to those impacted by the storm. 

"I am grateful for the leadership that our local and state officials have shown in the preparation and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. While we have yet to see the full impact of the storm, there is no doubt that the thoughtful coordination of Texas elected officials and their counterparts at all levels have helped mitigate the devastation we have seen. And I'm thankful for the assurances from President Trump and Vice President Pence that full federal assistance stands at the ready once we begin the recovery and rebuilding process.

"My and Heidi's prayers remain with the millions of Texans who have been impacted by this historic storm, and we continue to urge all to heed the warnings from local officials and stay out of harm's way as rains continue to cause flash flood threats in Houston and surrounding areas. 

"We are immensely thankful for our first responders, in Texas and from across the country, who continue to risk their own safety to help those in need of rescue. And for the thousands of private citizens who have pitched in to help, whether by offering a boat to rescue those stranded, giving needed supplies to local shelters, or donating to charities who are housing and feeding the displaced.

"We have a long road to recovery before us, but as always the Texas spirit of determination, generosity, and perseverance will guide us forward. We see the best of Texans in our times of need and today is no exception. I am so incredibly proud to call Texas and Houston home. We will come together, and we will recover and rebuild, as we always have."

Throughout the days and weeks ahead, Sen. Cruz will keep working with state and local officials throughout the state, to keep all Texans safe. If you need additional information or assistance during this emergency situation, please do not hesitate to contact Sen. Cruz’s office or utilize the federal and state resources listed below:

Texas Resources:

  • To qualify for assistance, or register your sustained damage with FEMA: 1-800-621-3362.
  • FEMA app for iPhone includes emergency information by county here.
  • Red Cross disaster assistance: 1-877-500-8645.
  • If you are in need of help or would like to volunteer, call 211
  • For information on Texas road closures click here.
  • Click here to list you and your family with the Red Cross as safe.
  • See safety tips from the Texas Department of Public Safety for severe weather here.
  • For assistance filing a personal claim, call the Texas Department of Insurance's Consumer hotline: 1-800-252-3439. 

Recursos en Texas:

  • Para calificar para asistencia, o para registrar daños sostenidos con FEMA, llame al 1-800-621-3362. 
  • El iPhone app de FEMA incluye información de emergencia por condado. Usted puede descargarlo aquí
  • Para recibir asistencia de la Cruz Roja, llame al 1-877-500-8645. 
  • Si necesita ayuda o le gustaría ser voluntario, llame al 211.
  • Para obtener información sobre cierres de carreteras en Texas, haga clic aquí.
  • Para registrar a su familia como "Sano y Salvo" con la Cruz Roja, haga clic aquí
  • Durante esta tormenta, vea los consejos del Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas aquí.
  • Para solicitar ayuda con un reclamo personal, llame a la línea telefónica de atención al consumidor del Departamento de Seguros de Texas al 1-800-252-3439.



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