AUSTIN - After officials updated the death toll from Hurricane Harvey to at least 60 Monday, Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press briefing Tuesday morning that he hopes "we are at a stage where there should be no more loss of life."
The governor started his briefing by discussing environmental concerns and the status of the EPA Superfund sites in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Gov. Abbott said none of the 11 impacted hazardous sites pose any danger to the public at this time.
Gov. Abbott also talked about the status of hospitals in the areas affected by Harvey, saying there are still a handful closed right now, but 95 percent of them are functioning. Two hospitals are closed and one is labeled "internal disaster" status, Abbott said. He said no hospitals are closed in Beaumont, with 20 fully operating. Fifteen hospitals are open in Corpus Christi.
Roads, though, are a different story. There are still 118 roads closed due to flooding. And that is why the "turn around don't drown" mantra still applies to many southern parts of Texas.
Abbott said a vector control task force will work to provide aerial spraying to fight mosquitoes, with 100 percent of the funding coming from the federal government for the first 39 days.
And if you at any point were forced to be in contaminated water, Abbott is urging you to make sure you go to a doctor or contact the public health department.
Toward the end of his briefing, Abbott was asked about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Donald Trump administration said Tuesday it would start to wind down. Abbott said he expects Congress to "play its role."
Watch the full briefing here:
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