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a variety of new challenges are emerging in the wake of harvey. hospitals evacuated and complaints of price gouging and fierce of more explosions at a chemical splan. we have the latest right now. good morning to early start rene marsh. >> we are mere again an hour early for you tp 2:00 a.m. in houston, texas. that's where we start. one week after harvey blast the its way ashore there are new and emerging concerns growing from the storm and the kbak.
overnight the death toll climbing again, standing at 47. at the arkema chemical plant in crosby plants more blasts are expected. following a blast of a peroxide container. a 1.5 mile evacuation perimeter remains. >> another worry this morning. price gouging. texas officials say they've had close to 600 complaints about storm related scams and gouging. one houston convenience store charging $20 a gallon for gas and $8.50 for a bottle of water. social media historyia touching off a panic and prices shooting up from 29.20 to 4.50 gallon ahead of labor day some stations sol oud. >> as to the houston addicks and
baxter reservoir they are operating normally. officials say it will take three months to empty them. the buffalo bayou where that water drains will stay flooded several weeks. state and federal environmental officials are warning people to take precautions because contaminated sewer water tends to be released during major flood events. any say people in the flood zone must ensure they have access to safe drinking water. >> and the city of beaumont, texas, still without running water. and it's going to take some time to get the taps running again. residents today in long lines trying to buy water. the failure of the water treatment system is causing other problems on the ground. we'll have more on that a little later. but overall first responders have rescued more than 72,000 people since the storm hit. now that does not include all the rescues by civilian volunteers. harvey dumped an estimated
27 trillion -- trillion gallons of rain on texas and louisiana over a 6-day period. that's enough to fill the san francisco bay more than ten times over. that, folks, would power nyaarige ray falls for a year. for the latest from the disaster zone let's bring in cnn's george howell live at the houston convention center. good morning, george. >> good morning to you. the mood here -- so i would categoryize it as people are patient. but people unsure. you know unsure what the next steps will be. we understand the numbers here at the shelter started around 8,000 a day ago we shared. the numbers are diminishing to some extent. but at the same time we learn of another issue. here at this shelterer and frankly through the metro region people are concerned about missing persons, people unaccounted for.
we actually found a center-right in the shelt they're focuses on people missing in the shelter if a child walks away. but also throughout the metro region people can file reports to connect with police to connect with the red cross, take a look at this shelter. >> we just in a grandmother earlier she couldn't find her 11-year-old daughter. she was in a state of panic because there are so many people here you don't know who you're interacting here my fiance brought her around and helped her reconnect. >> you handle the shelter. >> correct. >> but you're opening this up to anyone throughout the metro area. >> absolutely. yes. . we've in people getting displaced at nursing homes and from flooding they've been coming here to the shelters and getting displaced with families. we've had people coming here looking at the this as a main
point for houston. >> so, you know as people come together at the different shelters you find when there is a problem these officials they find solutions. so that is good news. two other headlines we want to tell you about. the cajun navy. you remember back from hurricane katarina they came to fame for rescues they conducted there. they came here doing the same. but they're concerned about a possible shortage of gas. they believe the shortage of gas could make it harder to do the work of rescuing people. they are expressing concern there. here is the thing as we understand it. it's actually a supply and distribution issue. the gas exists. the reply is here. the problem is getting that supply to different parts of the state. when you have people online post-ing concerns about long lines it creates the problems in those communities. so that's the situation that we're monitoring. the other thing i want to share with you before we go, the houston school district -- we understand they will start
school back on september 11th. so you are starting to see some things get back to normal. but, again, there is a lot that needs to be done here to start that recovery process. dave and renae. >> hard to imagine how many thousands of students are not ready to return based on their housing circumstances. >> yeah. >> and roadways and cars. thanks for the reporting. and the skies are clearing over texas but that doesn't mean the flooding threat is passed. >> we are joined by derek van dam how do things look. >> the remnants of hurricane harvey now a tropical depression moving across the ohio and river valley columbus ohio, to tennessee but it's cleared off nicely across louisiana and texas backup. but that does not mean the flood threat is over. by no means does that indicate that.
28 major flood stage gauges across serene texas and western louisiana including the brazos river. this is a location i was reporting from not 24 hours ago. i want to point this out. it's currently at record level. it has 55.7 feet for the next four days. this river will be cresting at maximum capacity for four days it strait before receding you can imagine the concerns. if that's not enough let's talk about the next hurricane just formed across the atlantic, still seven to ten days away from making impact on the united states. but this is one we are monitoring closely because it has strengthened quickly to category 3. forecast to become a category 4 over the next five days. kbaking the caribbean. the computer model have a wide variety of models from the
florida straits to the new england coastline. >> it's tough to hear this morning. derek van dam the terrific john on reporting. rebuilding efforts getting underway in texas. joining us to talk about the state response as the waters recede. the communication attention director for the texas attorney general. good morning to you once again, sir great to have you on. so many things to focus on for oberles there whether the rescue, the rebuild, the water supply in beaumont. the chemical plant. how do you begin to prioritize where resources should be deployed. >> good morning. we have a phenomenal team on the ground. you guys reported it now for almost a week. we are seeing the excellent work as they from the texas, louisiana border all the way to the bottom of the coastal bin,
corpus christi they're working strategically and as a matter of law and wiftly and to to make sure the priorities are named and understood and that the plan is executed. no matter which part of the texas coast you are talking about, all of the areas have different dramatic impacts from the storm. they're doing the incredible job and priorities are coming as they deem necessary. >> so we did see some images of long lines people waiting for gas. we have reports of $20 for gas. $8.50 for bottled water. gouging is an issue how are you cracking down on that to make sure the folks aren't being taken advantage of. >> thankfully the texas legislature in preparation for these storms several years back came up with very stiff penalties for people who are guilty of price gouging. and what they came up with was a $20,000 fine per occurrence or if someone 65 years or older is
affected it jumps to up to $250,000 fine per occurrence. the legislature put in place these laws and these protections so that in times of vulnerability like this people cannot be taken advantage of. now that hasn't affected some people from trying to do the things that we're talking about. however, again, the emphasis being on the fact that so many people uniting coming together and doing good. >> how do you determine, mark, where do you draw the line between supply and demand and price gouging in situations like raising the price on gas and water and the splice people need? look just trying to base that you are a business trying to make money and the supply is small. >> listen we are free market people. we believe the market deserves to and should set pricing and succeed and make profit.
however, in times like this, when there is a disaster on the ground we have so many people who are hourly workers haven't been able to work in a week. they are running out of money. we cannot afford to have people charging $5 for a loaf of bred, $10 for half gallon of mill. $20 for a gallon of gasoline. what we do is look at price trends over the last three months, take an average and sort of a ball park of ten% based on the commodity and from there determine if something is fairly priced because of the change of availability, supply or if people are clearly taking advantage. what we've seen in dallas, for instance yesterday we saw all of a sudden a his tieria and social media that texas it out of green people all over north texas. this is an area four, five areas away from the flooded zone.
people went hister kal. and people starting to charge $6, 7, $8 a gallons where our office is investigating where it's right we'll take action. >> as texas begins to rebuild it's notable that according to pew research more than a quarter of the texas construction industry is made up of undocumented workers, some feel it's as high as 50%. 120,000 dreamers live in the state of texas. it's been reported that you are boss,s attorney general wants to dplie with the september 5th deadline for the trump administration to move on daca legislation affecting the dreamers. which why does this remain a priority for the texas attorney general's office. >> yeah, several months back, a couple months back i should say, dave, ten states sent president
trump a letter asking him to reconsider the daca program. this was long before hurricane harvey was ever on the maps, ever forecasted. and a court began to work towards that september 5th date. and so all along for these couple of months this has been a strategic plan with the courts with the states with the federal government. and so to dishneau dsh for anyone to act like that's something that suddenly popped up or related to the storm it's just not the case. we heard rumors out of washington throughout the day yesterday none of those rumors have been substantiated by our office. but again our focus is today first and foremost on recovery and moving this entire coastal region towards rebuilding. >> no question about that. you certainly have your hands full. best of luck to you sir and all the people there in southeast texas. >> that's for your coverage today dave and renae. >> you bet. as flooding criminals the energy
energy. the trump administration is tapping into a oil reserve. many refineries are off line. so the department will send 500,000 barrels of oil to the through the colonial pipeline, a major gas pipeline to the east coast. it usually transports 100 million each day. meanwhile companies are booking gas tankers from europe. millions of gallons on the way. the goal shielding americans from higher gas prices especially before a huge travel weekend. the average gas price already up 10 z and could go higher that's because gas urts futures hit a high up 28% this of course a huge holiday weekend when americans prepare to hit the road for vacations. >> all concerned about the gas prices. coming up it could be quite a while before running water returns to the city of beaumont.
crests and recedes they'll be able to assess the damage to the plants. >> meanwhile the city is working to get bottled water to residents as soon as possible. . they plan to set aup distribution center today. the problems have forced another hospital evacuation suspended overnight and starts up in a few hours. cnn miguel marquez has more. >> reporter: dave and renae the city of beaumont is experiencing a double crisis. they have too much water from the sky and none coming out of faus et cetera. we are at the baptist hospital in beaumont where they're vakting the entire hospital because the city, all 135,000 people in the city and parts of the surrounding county are completely without water. they started with about 193 patients. able to get several out. down to 85 at this point. and these are not tcritically
injured. one patient moved to missouri. nine prematurely born infants moved to galveston out of this facility. the rest of the patients have to move by chopper because beaumont is cut off from the rest of the world. it sits up on a plain and the freeways are cut off. they have to move people out by air. it's with military precision with bank after bank of helicoptering moving the critically i feel out first and moving down the line to those less critically injured. >> miguel marquez great reporting from houston. >> and the u.s. decides to close russian diplomatic missions in the united states. it comes a day before american personnel have to leave their own post-s in moscow. more of the diplomatic tit for
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close the russian consulate in san francisco along with two diplomatic annexes in new york and washington. that's in response to staff cuts at the u.s. mission in moscow ordered by the russian government. cnn fred pleitgen is in front of the u.s. embassy in moscow, reopening services later today. >> good morning, dafr. it's not just out here. it's a lot of russian media out here. this is a big story in russia as the diplomatic wrangling continues. as you mentioned the u.s. is reopening services here today. they closed that down for nine days said if you want to down size the staff we'll not be able to do services we do in the past. we'll have to shut down for the reorganization. the u.s. yesterday informed russia that they had finished that reorganization and had cut the staff down to 455 which is exactly as many diplomatic russia has in america.
but then america said look if you guys want us to have the same amount of staff. there needs to be parity as far as the diplomatic compounds on the territories. you guys chose the consulate in san francisco and the two annexes in new york and d.c. they need to do by tomorrow september second. the russians regret that move and and they might retaliate. both of the countries saying they want better relations but at this point it's not going that direction, dave. >> it's hard to recall that time fred when the trump administration was said to bring positive, better relations between the u.s. and russia. not the case. fred pleitgen live for us in moscow. thank you. also we should mention the russia investigation heats up with more developments from the bob mueller as well. >> coming up dangerous water, price gouging, broken
a variety of new challenges are emerging in the wake of harvey. hospitals being evacuated, complaints of price gouging, fears of more explosions at a chemical plant we have all the latest right now and "early start" with you an extra hour early. welcome. and it's 31 minutes past the hour. one week after harvey blasted its way ashore there are new concerns emerging. overnight the death toll climbing again. it stands at 47. the arkema chemical plant in
crosby, texas, more blasts expected following the first explosion of an organic peroxide container 24 hours ago. 1.5 mile evacuation perimeter remains in effect around the plant. >> another new worry is price gouging. texas officials say they've had 600 complaints about storm related scams and gouging. one convenience store reportedly $20 a gallon for gas and $8.50 for a bottle of water. social media touching off panic with bizarrely long gas lines and prices shooting up to 4.50 a gallon maid of a huge labor day weekend. even gas stations sold out. >> as for the addicks and barker reservoirs operating normally with no breaches and no failures. officials say it will take three months to empty through
controlled releases. buffalo bayou where the water drains will likely stay flooded several weeks at the deepest spots. environmental officials are warning people to take precautions because contaminated sewer water tends to be released during the flood events. they say people in the flood zone must ensure they have access to safe drinking water. city of beaumont, texas, still without running water. and it's going to take some time to get the taps running again. residents stood in long lines trying to buy bottled water. the failure of the water treatment system causing other problems on the ground, more on that a little later on. overall, first responders have rescued more than 72,000 people since the storm hit. that does not include all the rescues by civilian volunteers. >> and harvey dumped an estimated 27 trillion -- that's with a t, gallons of drain on texas and louisiana over a 6-day
period. that is enough to fill the san francisco bay more than ten times over. for the latest from the disaster zone let's bring in george howell. he is live at houston's convention center. good morning, george. >> reporter: renae good morning to you. the mood here at this convention center that serves a shelter quite frankly home for so many people. the mood is patient but also uncertain. you know so many people uncertain what the next steps will be. the numbers here. just the other day some 8,000 people at the shelter. the numbers diminishing. many people going back to neighborhoods and communities to see how badly brad damaged the homes are. but so many people here lost so much. as they go into the community and even here at the shelter, renae there is another problem. people who are unaccounted for, missingpeople we found the texas center for the missing they have
a setup right in the the shelter. they help people in the shelter in case a loved one relative child strays away. they help people reconnect and also throughout the metro area as simple as filing a report and these officials they share that information with police. and with the red cross. we spoke with one person with that group to explain the organization. take a listen. >> we just in a grandmother earlier she couldn't find her 11-year-old daughter. she was in a state of panic because there are so many people here you don't know who you are interacting with. we had my fiance here he rolled her around and helped her get back with the family and reunite with the daughter. there are cases like that happening minute by minute here. >> you handle the shelter. >> correct. >> people in the shelter but you open this up to anyone throughout the metro area. >> absolutely, yes. we have had peopling getting displaced at nursing homes from flooding. coming here to the shelters
getting displaced with families. we've had people coming here looking at this as a main point for houston. >> so also i want to address another situation. you may have seen this online, the talk about a shortage of gas here in the state of texas. we are hanger from the cajun navy. they're saying they're concerned about note enough gas here in the state to get around to do their work of rescuing people. what we have actually discovered is this is really just a supply and distribution issue. the supply exists. but it's a matter of getting it to these different parts of the state that need it. that's the problem. and you know when you see these concerns that are voiced online, people saying that there is a shortage of gas well quite frankly it cause as problem in those communities as people panic. but again the supply does exist as we understand it. back to you. >> okay important to point out. we have the gas it's just getting it to the gas station
sfloos right you're looking at more than 300 texas roadways covered in wert. so difficult to get around. jornl howell live for us in houston. as if one hurricane wasn't enough. yet another major hurricane has its eye focused on the united states. let's bring in meteorologist derek van dam good morning. what's on the way. >> good morning, dave, renae. it's important that we keep this in check here because we are still 7 to 10 days out from any potential threat to the lower 48. but nonetheless this major hurricane which is formed across the atlantic in and out a capturing 3 sustained winds of 115-mile-per-hour does have its eye set on the east coast or perhaps even into florida, perhaps the gulf of mexico. all depending on the computer models you look at. again i want to reiterate we are several days away, several thousand miles away from the storm making any formidable threat across the united states. something well monitor.
you can see the differences in the computer models we look at. earlier the european model had the storm making a pass across the florida straits late sunday next we can. 7 to 10 days away from any formidable threat from the storm. but let's talk about now. because we still have our remnant of what was harvey that continues to churn across the ohio and tennessee river valley. that is going to bring our flood threat to that region. but we can't forget what's still taking place across southeast texas and louisiana. we still have 28 rivers at major flood stage, including the brazos river which we reported on from 24 hours ago. this thing will stay at record level territory for the next four days. dave, renae. >> that is frightening, derek to think some of the rivers haven't crested we are not even halfway home. thanks for the forecast. >> thanks. >> now this process, the
grueling process of going door to die rescuers are going block by block to search homes for anyone left behind in the historic floods. 87,000 homes damaged statewide. 7,000 radmann destroyed. cnn brian todd looks at what search crews are up against in west houston. >> dave and renae we are here in west houston where the waters are dangerously high, several days after hurricane harvey came ashore. s in a neighborhood called lakeside forest. the water is up to the windows on the first floor of the houses it's eerie out in the dark. this was flooded from the start but the water kept rising because of the controlled release of that addicks reservoir near here. we just one person we just rescue four-door a canoe who was stuck is a meteorologist he thinks that this water level really is not going to decrease any time soon. he says the neighborhood will
not be rid of the water for maybe weeks. look at the -- if you look at this these people will be up against it and may not get into homes any time soon. dave and renae. >> devastating. in the last week more than 6,000 people and at least 1,000 pets rescued by the u.s. coast guard. the work goes on. air crews searching for people stranded by the storm. cnn kayleigh hartung took a flight looking for survivors. kayleigh has more from across the border in lake charles, louisiana. >> reporter: rescuer missions in the air are ongoing for the u.s. coast guard and so many other military assets in the area. for a group of coast guard helicopters taking off from louisiana not far from the texas state line the focus for the past days has been port arthur. but on thursday afternoon when i loaded wup a five-man yew in a
jh helicopter there was an area where waters were quickly rising ten miles north of beaumont. we headed there a call for service saying 20 people drapd trapped on a roof when we got there we saw the 20 people and a house you surrounded by boats. those people loading up to boats and getting to safety quickly. the trained men aboard this helicopter with me very quick to prays the efforts of the volunteers with their boats. the cajun navy if you will have who have come out in mass numbers. our crew headed over to orange texas another place where the waters continued to rice on thursday. there an elderly woman was rescued she told me i lost my car, my house but i have my life i'm thankful for that and the u.s. coast guard. her story, one of thousands just like it and there will be more. dave, renae. >> thanks so much kayleigh. as flooding slams the texas gulf coast most homes under water don't have the insurance needed to rebuild.
most private insurance does not cover flood damage. so home owners rely on the national flood insurance program. however only 20% of the homes hit by harvey are covered what about the other 80%. ? shows victims have to apply for federal aid which is a low interest loan or they'll have to pay out of pocket. both options lead to debt but even home orions with flood insurance could face problems thap that's because the federally funded program is $25 billion in debt thanks to a series of storms with major flood damage like hurricane katarina and superstorm sandy. round the program has less than $8 billion for the victims of harvey. and estimates forecast property damage up to $65 billion making it one of the costliest storms ever to hit the u.s. and a growing sense of urgency in washington to keep federal dollars flowing for the disaster response the republican
led house could vote on a short term funding bill as soon as next weak. there is concern fema will need more money before the broader aid package is drafted later this month. leader on capitol hill are waiting for specifics from the white house saying the proposal should be coming soon. >> yesterday in texas mike pence urged speedy action but did not lay out a time line. he declined to say if harvey should be of set by other budget cuts. that's something they pushed for back in 2005 in the aftermath of hurricane katarina. >> and tomorrow president trump and the first lady will return to texas and also visit louisiana. the president has pledged $1 million to help victims of harvey. the white house press secretary said that that contribution would come from mr. trump's personal funds. >> good to see. >> houston strengths finally get
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dealing with a harsh reality this they won't be able to go back home for weeks, possibly months. some of them return by boat on thursday to salvage what they can and come to grips with everything they're forced to leave behind. cnn's alex marquardt was there and has the emotional story of one evacuee. >> there is going to be a mailbox here. >> this is the first time that bill wolf has been able to get back to his house since being evacuated. >> surreal is probably the understatement of the century here. you know watching a 30 foot fishing boat drive down your street. this is my intersection here. and man, i don't know this is crazy. >> we'll see how high the water is though. >> yeah, we'll see if i can get in or not. >> captain kenny evans is taking him back. >> one minute you're stressed
about the gutters and the next minute everything you have is ruined. >> it was evans who rescued the wolf family along with the cat and dog in the middle of the storm on monday. after navigating the boat to the to a door we wade into the living room. furniture floating through the past the pictures of his sons. >> i'm really proud of them. i'm really proud of them, my wife and my family. and they're -- they're tough little kids. >> holding up. >> yeah, yeah. it's -- i'm not an emotional guy and i'm pretty calm. this has been too much for me tp to be honest i don't know if i'm going to be here long. >> the real loss becomes clear back in the office. >> got 150-year-old family bible in this water. >> stacks of photo albums, baby books and other sentimental items. >> is this the worst part the
personal stuff. >> this is the stuff you can't replace. i mean, this is- these are my son's birth announcements. >> upstairs where it's dry wolf throws his sons toys and sheets in a garbage bag. >> you think there is a possibility you may never live in this house again. >> it's going to sit here for a month or two in six feet of water. >> up and down the neighborhood people taking stock of belongings and lives. 86-year-old ed is back for the first time. we found him alone with no power on monday. he needs medicine so he heads inside past countless possessions suspended in the flood water. >> all the papers piled high on his desk. you can see now they're totally ruined. the water in here so high back there in the kitchen the fridge is floating on its side. >> on the boat he tries to take
it all in. >> it's very confusing can't get it wrapped up in my mind what's next. and what i'm going to need to do. >> grab it. grab it. >> he and wolf are just two of the countless people captain evans helped this week. and his work is far from over. >> this is total devastation in every way physically emotionally. >> this is the tireless kenny evans just an embodiment of the spirit of houston and everyone coming out over the past few days to help out. there is also growing frustration and anger. a lot of the water you see here is coming from the controlled releases of the two nearby reservoirs addicks and barker. a lot of people telling me today they feel the authorities should have told them much sooner how much water there was going to be so they could have gotten out sooner and saved more. alex marquardt houston. >> thank you, alex. you talk about days weeks before
back to normal. for a lot of people never. never get back their home and of course the lost lives as well there. >> then you get emotional realizeding the never aspect of it. one of the most surreal scenes after the storm was when mr. marreding went wak to his flood ravaged home south of houston most of the stuff was destroyed. but there was one item that was not. ♪ ♪ >> good huff harding had gone home to pick up stuffed animals and toys for his children taking shelter at a nearby house. one of the sons who loves to play the piano was worried it was destroyed. but eric is grateful to one person who offered him a new
well retaliating against russia, the u.s. is ordering the kremlin to close the russian consulate in san francisco, along with two diplomatic annexes in new york and washington. that's in response to staff cuts at the u.s. mission in moscow. that was ordered by the russian government. cnn fred pleitgen is in front of the u.s. embassy in moscow, which is reopening services today. fred we're see ago bit of tit-for-tat going on between the two.
>> reporter: we're seeing a lot of tit-for-tat good morning to you. .anthony god fry, the chief of the mission reiterated america's mission. aimed at the russian press this morning and announced the services will continue today after being shut down nine days the past 90 days as the u.s. really cut the staff and technical staff down to 455 that was what the rather thannens demanded they want the same amount of staff at the u.s. here in russia as they have in the united states. the u.s. has come back renae and said look if we're having the same amount of staff if you want parity on that there has to be parity as far as the diplomatic mixes themselves are concerned. the russians have to close down the consulate in san francisco and the two annexes in washington and new york opinion the u.s. says with that both countries have three consequence lites on each other's territory. the russians came back after a
call between tillerson and sergei lavrov. and they're going to study appear possibly retaliate. while both side continue to say they would like the relations between one another to improve. at this point it doesn't appear as though that's in the cards renae. >> all right things not warming up. fred pleitgen live in moscow thanks fred. >> let's get a check on "cnn moneystream." global stocks higher after wlgz ended august and a high in and out. the dow and sen p. let mitt a record my moving treasury secretary steven mnuchin promised a detail tax plan by the end of september. gas futures hit a two year high over fierce of harvey driveren fuel shortage up 28% since friday. the august jobs report comes out today and economists expect hiring to cool off a bit. expect between 180 and 190,000
jobs added last month. the solid number. but down from july. meanwhile, the jobless rate should stay at a 16-year low. close to what experts called full employment. don't worry about harvey just yet. right now the storm is keep in mind houston is this country's fourth largest country. larger than the gdp of the country of iran. it will have some impacts. >> it certainly will. "early start" continues right now with the latest on the rescue and recovery effort in houston. a variety of new challenges emerging in the wake of harvey. hospitals being evacuated, complaints of price gouging, and fears of more explosions at aing can plant. all the latest right now. welcome to "early start," i'm