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to the plate and being prepared and allowing us to volunteer in the way we're prepared to do. >> well, i think we should thank brock long and all the people at fema and the people at homeland and i have to say general kelly, who's been so much involved, as you know, he just left, and he's now in the white house, but his spirit and everything else that's been involved over the last few weeks getting ready, because really, this has been probably now almost two weeks since we felt it was probably going to hit that area, but general kelly's done a fantastic job, and elaine duke, who's -- has been terrific. so, i want to thank all of our folks. tell me, red cross, how we doing? >> so, first of all, our hearts go out to the people of texas, and on behalf of the entire american red cross, so many people have lost everything, and presented in our shelters with just the clothes on their back. i visited one of the shelters outside of austin, and it housed
about 200 people, and i had the opportunity to talk to all the families. everyone from a six-month-old baby to a 6'8" man and everything in between and you heard stories of heartbreak and heart ache but the one thing that i have seen in the nine years that i've been with the american red cross is the incredible resiliency of the american people. they are bound and determined to build back, and there are about 40,000 people in our shelters right now across the state of texas. and our volunteers are pouring in, giving them comfort, hope, we've served about 390,000 meals and snacks, and the incredible thing is our partners are there. they are getting a hot meals into our hands so that we can serve them. government has just been
phenomenal. i mean, when we had a hard time getting our volunteers in, the city gave us dump trucks so we could get volunteers and cots in. department of defense gave us high water vehicles, 20 of them, so we could break in and bring needed supplies. so, i'm just so appreciative of the team work. i'm appreciative of your support, and again, our hearts go out to the people of texas. >> thank you very much, gail. that's very nice. 390,000. >> meals and snacks. >> that's up until now. >> just as of last night. >> soon be doubling that. that's tremendous. >> i'm quite sure we will. >> mike, would you like to say something. >> just, mr. president, having just returned from southeast texas yesterday, we heard the resilience, the character, the faith the people of these communities. we heard their gratitude to you and the first lady for the administration's support, for your compassion, for their admiration for our first responders from fema down to
local leadership. but i also heard, mr. president, about their gratitude for volunteer organizations that have literally been there from the very outset of this storm, and i want to thank you and the first lady for taking the opportunity to call attention to the salvation army and the red cross and southern baptist disaster relief, but anyone looking on should know that while the federal government is going to be there at your direction, we'll be seeking resources from the congress to make sure the disaster relief is available for individuals and businesses. literally the work of meeting people's human needs each and every day will take all of us, and these volunteer organizations need resources, and they need people, and i would just add, mr. president, that anyone looking on can go to nvoad.org. it's our website where all these organizations are listed. people can find out how they can be supportive of national
volunteer organizations that at this very hour and for weeks and months ahead will be coming alongside families as they rebuild their lives. >> that's great. thank you, mike. thank you very much. this is just some of the locations that, over a very short period of time, they've managed -- they and others have managed to go to some of these locations, as you know very well, some of the press has been there and i will say they are devastated. two days ago, there was water like nobody's ever seen before, i guess in the history of our country. we've never had a -- an amount of water like we've had. and yet, you were able to occupy all of these different locations and take care of people. you and the others. so, we want to just thank you. that's really a special, special job. thank you very much. >> thank you, plmr. president. >> thank you very much. great job. great job. thank you all very much. >> mr. president, do you think daca is illegal? >> thank you very much. >> thank you, everyone.
>> will you be talking about daca later today? >> we'll be releasing on daca sometime over the weekend, probably sunday, saturday. latest will be monday. great feeling for daca. >> do you think daca is illegal? >> thank you. >> we'll be making a question. >> thank you, everyone. >> for the state of texas, yes. >> okay. and louisiana. and tomorrow i'm going to louisiana with the first lady and texas. it will be texas, louisiana. okay. thank you. thank you, everybody. >> you heard it there from the president sitting there flanked by the first lady and the vice president, all of whom have been to texas now this week. you just heard from the president, he and melania trump will be heading back down to
texas and louisiana tomorrow. also declaring sunday a national day of prayer, flanked by salvation army, red cross, and southern baptist disaster relief there just really expressing gratitude for first responders, military, organizations who have lent a much-needed helping hand in this time of utter disaster in texas and louisiana. quick note at the very end, he was asked about daca, deferred action for childhood arrivals and the question is would he end this obama-era policy. he said he will make a decision at some point this weekend, latest monday. but he was heard saying -- someone was asking if d.r.e.a.m.ers should be worried and the quote from the president was, we love d.r.e.a.m.ers. we love everybody. we'll loop back all around to that. there's going to be a white house briefing in just a bit. thank you so much for being with me on this friday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin. we are also watching and waiting to hear from the governor of texas to address his state and address really the world about the catastrophic flooding left
behind after hurricane harvey's violent landfall. one week since harvey slammed into the texas coast and the true extent of the damage is just only now starting to reveal itself. the receding flood waters, expoedie exposing the mass devastation, aerial rescues are still going on all across the texas gulf coast as crews hope to find people with no escape from the historic flood waters. a lot of people finally able to return to their homes, and many of them are finding they don't have much left. >> it's very confusing, can't get it wrapped up in my mind what's going to be next, and what i'm going to need to do. >> it's not even real. you see this stuff on tv, but this is total devastation in every way, physically, emotionally. >> yeah. yeah. it's -- i'm not an emotional guy and i'm pretty calm, and this has been too much for me, to be honest. i don't know if i'm going to be
here very long. >> it's okay, it's okay. it's okay. it's going to be -- you know we always get through this. >> the human stories are touching and tragic while the numbers are simply staggering. more than 72,000 people have been pulled out of flooded hoemd homes, plucked from rooftops and now praying that their loved ones are just as lucky. the storm's death toll continues to climb. as of right now, 47 people were killed by harvey and its aftermath, and that number will likely rise. the white house has a dire estimate that more than 100,000 homes are either damaged or destroyed so the scope here of harvey's catastrophic flooding c captured in these stunning images here, these are satellite images, the before and after, entire neighborhoods that were once green are submerged in brown water.
and as people are wading through their neighborhoods, one of the biggest concerns right now is contamination and disease. keep in mind in beaumont, the water system, that's still gone. floods have disabled pumping stations, and now a hospital has had to transfer its patients and shut down. and on top of all of this, there is irma, a category two hurricane, turning across the open atlantic toward, well, no one really knows as of yet. let's start this hour with nick valencia. flood victims are just beginning to pick up their lives and take those next first steps forward. a lot of these families are finally getting a glimpse of what remains, nick. what are they finding? >> reporter: well, this is a line of people that are waiting to go in to see what they can find in some of their apartments and in some wcases, everything s gone. we've been here since very early this morning in the barker cypress neighborhood of houston. just behind me is the addicks
dam and this water shows no signs of receding. it is still flooded in some places up to two, perhaps even four feet of water. but what we're seeing here is a lot of help from local residents who even themselves have been affected by this storm. but they want to help out people that were affected even worse. we've been hearing harrowing stories of people who are saying they aren't getting that much help. other people are getting help from people like robbie and shane. we want to highlight the good work you guys are doing. what brought you guys out here. >> we have some friends that are stuck in there and we're trying to help them out, get all their documents and passports and things like that that they weren't able to get. >> people are still stranded. that community still has people stranded inside. >> yes, sir. as far as i know, we were out here tuesday night, we were out here getting people out and doing as much as we can. right now it's taking a lot of people back in. i mean, for me, we're just live around the corner behind heb, mason and highland knowles, i grew up here. >> why help out here. >> we're just doing what's
right, man. >> i guess that's a dumb question, right. >> we're just help helping our neighbors out. you've got national guard and everyone's here but there's only so many of them. there's more of us. >> and we have friends and family that live in here and we want to take care of them just like they took care of us during allison and ike. we're just here to do our part. >> reporter: thank you guys. god bless you guys for the work you're doing. this water is still affecting this community, brooke, and we went in yesterday to one of these residences with a guy named ryan short. i can't begin to tell you how badly people are affected by being displaced. ryan short's sons, two years old, he's having trouble connecting with things so ryan short even though he had a cut on his leg and risked infection, went back in to try to get his son's favorite toy just so that his son could connect with something. the misry here is hard to describe. i don't think you really need to use your words just looking behind me here, the desperation speaks for itself. >> yeah, the pictures tell the
story. and you know, despite any circumstances, this is what you do for your kids. nick valencia, thank you. and thank those guys so much. awesome work they're able to do there. let's go now, though, to about 100 miles east to the city of beaumont. people there are in day of not being able to take a shower or use their faucets after flooding knocked out both pumps of the city a city's water system. there's word their water woes could end very soon. brian todd is live in beaumont with the very latest. what's the deal with the water? >> reporter: well, brooke, it was a disaster here because the water pumping stations seemed to break down all at once at about 1:30 thursday morning, more than 36 hours ago, they've been since then they've been without water and this is kind of the ground zero area for trying to get that water back. this is the main water treatment plant here in beaumont, texas. what happened was that the main pumping station a few miles up the neches river, that shorted
out. the motors shorted out because of flooding. then a secondary source pumping station several miles away, which takes water from a well, that shorted out too because of flooding so people here were out of luck. no water. this is where they're trying to get it back. here's the main water treatment plant and we were just inside there a few minutes ago with engineers are exxon, a company called tiger industrial, a company called echo, they've brought in specialists for engineering for water stations, purification specialists, technicians, everybody to try to get this thing going again. what they've had to do is just beyond here, they have had to set up a temporary pumping station on the neches river which is at that treeline over there to pump water on a small line into the treatment plant here, but then they've got to go through all the tweaks, all the tests and the treatment plant just to get that out to the people of beaumont. i spoke to ashley a short time ago, a spokeswoman for exxonmobil. she talked about the effort. >> together with our
collaborative partners, we've developed a temporary solution. it's a pump that can get things going. it's powered by generators that were definitely moving at a faster pace than we were yesterday. >> reporter: can you give us an estimate on the time line. can you say anything to the 100,000 residents of beaumont. >> i'm hopeful to take a shower tonight. >> reporter: and aren't we all hoping to take a shower tonight. this is part of the process that's going to hopefully restore that capability back toby. you see the engineers up there looking at the water treatment plant, some water being processed. again, they're working furiously here, brooke, they've brought in these engineers from exxonmobil and other places to try get this going. but they've got to do it right. they've got to make sure the water that's going out gets through this treatment plant and is clean and healthy for the people of beaumont. >> i'm still back on the notion of not taking a shower. listen, something we all take for granted unless you are in texas or parts of louisiana right now. brian todd, we're thinking about
you all in beaumont. thank you so much. hopefully they can get that fixed and quickly. we're going to stay, obviously, on the story on harvey and the aftermath. but i want to get you to some breaking news here out of the "new york times" today here. reporting that the special counsel, bob mueller has obtain third-degr ed this letter that president trump and a top political aide drafted in the days before the president officially fired the now former fbi director james comey. karng according to reporting, the counsel opposed sending the letter and won, successfully blocked the president from sending it. the contents of the original letter appears to provide the cleare cleare clearest rationale that the president had for firing comey. it is significant that don mcgahn opposed it. do we have any indication of the contents. >> "the new york times" does not have the contents but what's significant about this as it pertains to the mueller investigation, brooke, is that this could reveal the
president's real reason for firing fbi director comey and that, of course, could be significant in mueller's obstruction of justice investigation. so, here's what "the new york times" is reporting. they say the letter was drafted by the president and his top aide, steven miller, at trump's bedminster golf club in may when they were trying to devise a rationale behind comey's eventual dismissal. this letter was never actually sent in part because white house counsel don mcgahn opposed it and ultimately, a letter written by rod rosenstein was released and that facultiulted comey for handling of the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. the question is, does it disclose that the russia investigation, perhaps, was the real rationale behind letting comey go. of course it was just after comey's firing that the president trump revealed that he fired comey at least in part fwhauf investigati because of that investigation so this letter could potentially be a game changer because we know
that trump's legal team has been meeting with mueller, sending memos, making their case that the president had the constitutional right to fire for any reason, that no obstruction occurred and they've also argued that the really reason for firing comey was that he wasn't credible. so the question is, does this letter, now in mueller's hands, reveal the real reason for comey's firing if it was different than what was initially disclosed and could it tip mueller's obstruction of justice investigation one way or the other. that is the question now. >> jessica snider, thank you so much. coming up here, two important briefings expected to begin shortly. we've got the governor of texas, greg abbott, he'll be up live. also the white house press briefing set to get under way where there are a couple of key issues to discuss, one of which jessica schneider just brought up. also ahead, dehydrate and had
starving, she waded through water after hurricane katrina with twin baby boys and now 12 years later, this mother is coming face to face again with the man who she credits with saving her life. lieutenant general russell honore, cnn was there for their remarkable reunion and of all places, houston, texas. do not miss this story.
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concerns that all the flood water could pose all kinds of serious health risks. the epa is joining that those in the flood zones, the potentially toxic water is the biggest threat to public health at this time. with me now to discuss these dangers is the dean of national school of tropical medicine at houston's baylor college of medicine. doctor, thank you so much for joining me. we saw the pictures a moment ago, just outside of houston, where folks are starting to head back into their homes, seeing what's left. what are those immediate health concerns. >> well, first of all, thanks for having me on, brooke. you can look at that brown water and you know it's not very healthful. we know that from our past experiences with katrina, that the bacterial content is likely very high. that can promote various skin infections from staff helph and have a unique flesh-eating bacteria on the coast and actually during katrina, there were several deaths from that. so, we have to watch out for
those flesh-eating bacteria. but unfortunately, that's just the beginning. these are bacteria that cause diarrhea, sam moe salmonella, e and there are stressful and crowded conditions and again from katrina, we've learned that there's very high rates of respiratory infections, upper respiratory infections. there's noro virus, which is a diarrheal pathogen, so we're in for a number of days and weeks of illness following katrina, and then there's the longer-term implications of viruses that are transmitted by the mosquitoses that are going to accumulate as the flood waters recede. >> dr. hotez, i'm still back on flesh-eating bacteria. these people have to go back to their homes. you heard one guy talking about how they're trying to get folks back in to get driver's licenses
or passports. what should people do to avoid this sort of bacteria, et cetera? >> well, the really serious infections, skin infections from staph and vibrio is from contaminated wounds so keeping wounds covered and clean that's going to be the number one priority. in terms of die rarrheal diseas that's something you have to look out for. if you start having symptoms, if you start very diarrhea and fever, you want to contact your medical professional since you may need an antibiotic. and then what we're now seeing, what we expect to see from katrina is as the flood waters recede, we'll begin probably seeing an uptick in west nile virus infection, and remember, during the time of katrina, we did not have zeke or dengue or chikungunya and now those are added risks in the coming weeks. we have a few more weeks left of mosquitos transmission season
here on the gulf and in south texas, it lasts through december. so this is something we're going to be having to watch out for for several months, i'm afraid. >> these are the conversations we need to be having over the next couple of weeks. dr. hotez, thank you so much. i have a feeling we will be chatting again. you're right, that brown water looks no good. i know people want to help. you can. you can go to our impact your world website, we have a list of vetted organizations. that's cnn.com/impact. coming up next here on cnn, it was a reunion some 12 years in the making, the doctor was just talking about katrina. look at this. you see general russell honore, the man who took charge in the wake of hurricane katrina, he is actually getting a chance to reunite with some twin boys he helped save so many years ago. we'll share their emotional reunion in yet another city ravaged by flood waters.
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it's the kind of reunion that you can see that this mom has wanted for years. for her boys to know the man that saved their lives, and she reached out to general honore several times, social media, but this was the first time they actually saw each other face to face since that fateful day. >> i really owe this man my life. because the things he did for my children. >> reporter: nearly a week after hurricane katrina hit new orleans in 2005, alexandra wheeler was at the end of her rope. >> we hadn't eaten in maybe six days. i ran out of formula and food for them. so, they were really hanging on bay thread. >> reporter: after the levee broke, flooding her neighborhood, wheeler waded through the water with her 6 and a half-month-old twin boys. at one point, something in the mur murky water caught her food. >> it was to bodies collided like this. they were full of water, and they raised up to the top from
me lifting my leg up. >> reporter: by the time wheeler made it to the convention center, she and her boys were starving, dehydrated and exhausted. that's when she first heard his voice. unarmed, wheeler and a group had been stop bped by the military. >> we're like, we're the victims. what are you pulling guns on us for? >> reporter: then she saw the three star commander who ordered the guns lowered. general russell honore, the man who led the military response after hurricanes katrina and rita is also the man wheeler credits with saving their lives. >> grab the babies. come on. come on. >> reporter: it's a moment cnn captured as it happened. the general personally coming to wheeler's aid. >> what do you think would have happened if you did not run into the general? >> we would have died. we would have -- it's no question. we would have died. >> hey, tiger. let's go. >> reporter: almost 12 years
later to the day, wheeler and her boys road out hurricane harvey in houston. the city that became their home after katrina. while the water came close to their apartment, the family fared much better in harvey. and after years of trying to get in touch with the general. >> i understand there's some who dat boys over here. >> reporter: finally the opportunity to thank the man in uniform who had shown them such compassion. and for the general, a chance to see how those tiny babies who were once so close to death are now thriving. >> boy, you guys grew up in 12 years. >> thank you for saving our lives. >> well, god bless you. >> thank you for saving your lives and our mom's life. >> god bless you. >> reporter: a bond forged in devastation, unbroken by the passing of time. and a bond that's united somehow because of hurricanes because obviously the general is here in
houston for that reason. but he did say that he hopes to keep in touch with the boys now and he asked them what they plan to do as they get older and said that he hopes to be there when they graduate from high school. brooke. >> stephanie, to see these boys in their matching plaid, you know, wrapping their arms around this man and saying, thank you for saving our lives, i mean, obviously, they never could remember. it's something that's going to stay with this mother forever. how is this family now? >> reporter: i mean, they're well. they moved to houston. they ended up going through san antonio and just to let you know just how close things got for them, both of the boys coded in the hospital after they were air lifted out to san antonio. it was dire. it was worse than alexandra knew it was. but they settled down in houston because she just couldn't see going back to new orleans. they still have family there. but she made it, they made it through, the water got close to their apartment this time, but they made it okay. they are well.
can i just tell you that those two boys are just delicious. so well mannered, so well spoken, sweet boys and so thankful to have this moment to meet this man they've heard about all their lives, and if it hadn't been for the general stepping in, who knows what would have happened. the boys were so close to death. >> thank you for providing such a bright spot in an incredibly murky week. russell honore is the man. we knew that. and we're just reminded of it. stephanie elam, thank you so much. >> reporter: he won't take credit. i should just tell you that he wouldn't take all the credit himself. he wanted to spread it out to all the other military that was there. but they really think it's all about him. >> i got you. stephanie, thank you so much for sharing that with us. i appreciate it. coming up next here as the waters slowly begin to recede, families are getting that first glimpse back home of what remains, what survived the storm. coming up next, see the heartbreaking moment a houston woman returned home and found out her dog made it through the
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in so many areas of houston, harvey's flood waters are finally starting to recede, and some evacuees are beginning to head home and for many, what they're finding is just absolutely heartbreaking. rosa flores is in a houston neighborhood for us right now where she was with a woman who made that journey home. rosa, tell me about what you saw. >> reporter: you know, it's completely heartbreaking, brooke, because you see these people were so grateful to be alive, and we met willie marie burton at the convention center. we came back home with her to see her house for the first time. everything inside her house was completely drenched, and she was
keeping it together. but here is where she completely lost it because of the pain and because of the grief of returning home. take a look. >> i feel like crying, but then i'm joyful because i could have been in the water. and it could have got it. so i'm just grateful. i'm just getting back to see what's left. the water is a powerful thing. this toppled over the sofa. and that little -- that love seat. and it just moved all of this stuff. when you see it, whoa, the sink came up. >> and the refrigerator too. >> and the refrigerator too. lord, lord. whoa. let's see what this is. i put this up here. thank you, lord. these are pictures from a long
time ago. and this thing kept that dry, didn't get wet. that's good. hi, lassie. hi. i know that storm scared you. but i'm glad you made it. >> it's okay, it's okay. you know we always get through this. we always take care. >> i know. this too shall pass. >> yes, ma'am. >> it will. i know that it will. today is my 66th birthday. what i'm going to do after we go through some of this is i just want to eat seafood. if i can get some seafood, i'll be happy, and if i get a martini, i'll be happy. but if not, i'm just glad to be
here. >> reporter: such an amazing spirit. now i just got a text message from miss willie marie, she said she's headed to luchnch to get that martini and she said she's gone through so much, she might have two martinis. take a look behind me because i'm just a few blocks away from miss willie's house, and this is miss evelyn's house and this is her entire church. they were actually just praying moments ago. they tell me that mrs. evelyn has helped so many people in her church, so many people in her community, that everyone came out here to help her out. this is the fourth time, brooke, that her house gets flooded in, and every time her church comes out and says thank you to her because she has helped so many people in this neighborhood. now, miss evelyn -- oh, hi. >> how you doing.
>> reporter: doing good. we were just sharing with our anchor, brooke baldwin, that everybody in this community came out to help you because they said that you have helped so many people, and they were just so grateful. >> yes. i try to help everybody. >> reporter: and now it's time to give you a little help, miss evelyn. >> yes. thank the lord. >> all right. brooke, with that, i'll toss it back to you. >> that's incredible. rosa, thank you so much. and i have a feeling the woman before after this live piece, she may have more than two martinis after it's all said and done. bless her and bless everyone in this neighborhood there in texas. coming up next, as texas is still reeling from the storm, there is a possible new threat, dare i say it's called ir maima. powerful category two storm, where irma is heading. also ahead, stunning images of the human toll harvey has taken on texas. the photographer who took these pictures for cnn shares the
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just a reminder, we're waiting to get an update from the governor of texas, governor abbott, so we're going to take that news conference as soon as it begins. looks like they're getting set, so in the meantime, let's talk about this next potential, dare i say, hurricane. you know while everyone's still in clear recovery mode we're watching irma churning in the atlantic, category 2 storm right now with winds clocked at nearly 100 miles an hour, still a couple of days out, but you know, lot of uncertainty, irma is a storm to watch.
allison is our cnn meteorologist watching irma. what is it, just too early to know where she's head. >> it's still little bit early because we're talking even if it did have potential for the u.s., you're talk ago week out from now. the good news is that most of the models we have don't have it going towards texas or louisiana. so that's fantastic news for the folks that are there. so here's a look. you can see the remnants of harvey still producing a lot of heavy rainfall right now over the ohio valley region. this is where we're taking a look at it. it's been heading into a more unfavorable environment. colder water, it's trying to hold its own. it's just not being able to do it very well. right now, a category 2 storm, winds around 110 miles per hour, moving west northwest at about 13 miles per hour. that is expected to change in the coming days. it's going to dip further south. when it does that, it will encounter much warmer water. in doing so, we expect it to then be able to reintensify back up to a major hurricane status, which means category 3 or higher.
so here you can see that really isn't expected to happen until about sunday into monday when it finally enters that slightly warmer water but certainly something to track. now, here's one of the models. this is the american model. here's where irma is currently. the american model has it skirting in between both the bahamas and bermuda whereas our other model, the european model, takes it a little bit further south more into places like the dominican republic and the bahamas. this would be the more concerning one for the u.s. because as it pushes its further south, it then becomes more, say for places like florida and the carolina coast as well, but this is just one model. and you don't want to put everything into one model this early on. the other thing is going to be this particular system down here as well. this is not named. this is not even a tropical storm just yet, basically it just has a 50% chance of development over the next several days, so something also to keep an eye on. the difference with this one is this is going to be in much
warmer water but brooke, going forward, the point is that it's definitely a system to watch. irma has the potential to make landfall in the u.s. somewhere. we just don't know where and when it's going to happen. >> got it. all right. you're watching that. we're watching the governor of texas, glreg abbott. it's been a long, long week for these folks. let's listen in. >> thank you for being with us here today. i want to update you on both yesterday as well as news from today. yesterday, i had a very productive visit with the vice president of the united states, mike pence. we met in corpus christi and toured around that region as well as rockport and over to victoria. we had the opportunity to meet with people whose homes had been
basically turned into rubble. we got to shake their hands and hold their babies because they were going through the repair and removal process. the vice president and i even helped to carry away debris that had stacked up in the yards. most incredible thing that we observed was not the rubble but the resilience of strong, hearty texas who were just happy to be alive, happy to be here in the lone star state. both in rockport and victoria, the most profound thing we observed were volunteers who were stacked up one by one in the hundreds who were helping
out, helping their fellow texans with urgent needs such as supplies, with assistance in repairing their homes. i talked to some of these volunteers in victoria and asked them how they were doing. asked them how their home was. many of them said that their home was out of power, but yet they were there at the volunteer center helping other people around the victoria area. one of the most profound things that we have observed in the aftermath of this horrific, devastating storm has been both the resiliency and the way that texans have been united. supporting each other. we should laud and applaud the incredible efforts of our first responders, but when you look at
the average everyday texan, neighbor helping neighbor, it's been nothing short of remarkable. well, despite the fact that some areas are beginning the recovery process, areas such as corpus christi, there still remain areas that are deadly dangerous, such as in the beaumont area. some update from there. in the beaumont area, the neches river continues to rise. it is about seven feet above the record, and it will continue to remain at or near that high for about the next week. this flooding poses an ongoing threat to beaumont and the surrounding area.
we are, as a state, as well as with partners working with us, still driving in and flying in food and water. there are now seven points of distribution locations. food and -- will and are determined by the county judge. one of those master locations is ford park. last night, 600 palettes of water and 400 palettes of meals were delivered. last night, about 1,000 people were evacuated from the beaumont area. many of them going to dallas, some going to san antonio, and we anticipate evacuations from
the beaumont area will continue to rise. a lot of people in beaumont are very concerned about the water system, and beaumont is working aggressively at a fast pace to try to get the water system fixed. one thing that it requires are some pumps to get the water system back up, which may be the most expeditious route. there are weather concerns also in the richmond area in the lower brazos -- in the lower brazos area. the brazos river will crest at an all-time high near richmond, texas. there may be some people who live near the richmond, texas, area who have not yet been impacted by flooding waters.
you need to understand about the possibility that you could be impacted by flooding waters in the coming days. you need to remain vigilant about being aware of any type of warning by local officials about the necessity to evakt. just observe what has happened to your friends and neighbors in harris county and other parts of fort bend county, knowing this water can rise suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, causing people to be stuck if not overtaken. so, please heed all warnings and make sure that you maintain safety. in working with the red cross, combining information -- i thought i recognized that voice.
in working with the red cross, we now have, across the state of texas, 258 shelters that are now open. 107 of those shelters are shelters that are partnered with or in collaboration with the state in some form or fashion. and 151 are considered to be independent shelters, which would be the type of shelter that, let's say, a church would provide. last night, the overnight population in shelters in texas was 42,399. of those amount, 6,000 are in state parks. in addition to that, our great friend and neighbor, louisiana, has about 3,000 texans in shelters. and i want to express my deep gratitude to louisiana and to the governor of louisiana