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let's end the hour with august in america. the month started with white supremacists and neo-nazi clashing with counter protesters in charlottesville. we asked tough questions who we really are as americans in 2017. this week in texas, we got some answers. the texas devastation revealed something else that's equally true about us. we are interconnected. we are interdependent. we are all in it together. you saw that given voice through compassion and love from complete strangers. whether it was the citizen cajun navy that came up understanding what it was like to be in those floodwaters after katrina or just this motivated concerned citizen corps, the first responders. it was as though the water washed away at least some of the anger and bitterness that we had seen earlier in the month. two women cnn caught up with this morning described their rescue and inspired us all. listen to this.
>> there's a lot of division, you know, all colors, the black here, the hispanic here but right now it doesn't matter. everybody's helping one another. it's amazing to see that, honestly. you know, it kind of makes you want to cry in a way. >> it makes you want to cry. but in a good way because at the end, it is the truth. we are all in it together. thank you for watching. "cnn tonight" starts right now. >> this is cnn breaking news. a lot to cover in the next couple of hours here on cnn. breaking news, tropical storm harvey threatens a second landfall in a mat he of hours in a region inundated with life-threatening floods. a is your few beginning in houston in just two hours. this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. 10,000 people in shelters tonight.
houston, but the devastation of the storm far from over. look at this incredible scene. this is interstate 10. this was today. harvey, by the way could, dump an additional 15 inches of rain on louisiana and texas, bringing more catastrophic flooding before making landfall again in the next few hours. somewhere along the texas, louisiana border. volunteers with boats have jumped in to help authorities in the search and rescue efforts. an unknown number of residents still trapped as we learned today a veteran houston police officer drowned as he drove through the storm on his way to work. devastating. our reporters are out in the middle of the storm tonight. sater has it all covered. there's still stories of rescue and survival to tell you about. right to the young mom that we first talked to last night. you met her on this program. isis bragg trapped with her
1-year-old daughter as the waters rose. she was finally rescued today and joins us now with her incredible story. isis, thank you so much for joining us. how are you doing? >> i'm fine. how are you? >> i'm fine. i'm sure we're doing a lot better than you guys. we're happy to see you're all doing well. you and your cousin were trapped in your apartment with your 1-year-old baby, naomi. when we talked to you last, the water was rising, lights were flickering. tell us how everybody is doing now and your cousin and so on. >> yes, everybody is still trying to, you know -- everybody's really anxious. i can't stop crying. >> don't be nervous. everybody's with you guys. don't be nervous. >> as a family right now because weise au need each other. we're all going through the exact same thing. water everywhere. all of our furniture is ruined.
our kids' clothes, shoes, everything. everything's gone. and i believe the most scariest part for me was watching the water come in and not being able to do anything about it, not being able to stop it, not knowing who to call, where to go. >> exactly. >> my family members are not down here. so i don't have anywhere to go. i don't know who to turn to. i was stuck in my apartment with three kids. the rescue team came and got us. >> it took the rescue team -- >> i think we lost their audio. can you guys get closer to the phone? >> there we go. >> our house was flooded up to our knees. and rescue went past us because they couldn't hear us. we didn't have flashlights. a volunteer had to bring us here. and now they're telling it us they moved us from the red cross shelter at 600 west at memorial
baptist to the college. now they don't know if fema is going to come down here to see us in lee college because we left from the red cross. they told us they needed 25 people to leave. since we made a bond as family, we decided to stick together and come down here. we have no access to get in touch with our family. a lot of us are on food stamp calls with no minutes, no data. we have no way to contact nobody. if they put us out, we have nowhere to go. i just did ten years in prison. i just lost everything i worked for for almost a year. i have nowhere to go. >> slow down. slow down, guys. let me get to get everybody's story on. so tell us where you guys are now. and how you got rescued. where are you now exactly? >> we're at lee college in the gymnasium part. me and my grandmother got
rescued because a volunteer, i guess from baytown, we asked him could he bring us somewhere. and he finally brung us. 911 -- >> audio appears to have gone out again. >> all our food is bad. everything is full of blackwater and ruined. we don't have nothing. >> how many people are with you? how many people are there with you? >> huh. >> how many people are there with you? you have to let me jump in. when you talk, i can't hear. >> you 13 in total. >> they came in a group with us. five of us. >> the rest is kids. >> six kids. >> yes, we were all at memorial baptist church at first. how i got rescued with my three kids, i don't know who told the rescue team to come. when they did, did they came in the big trucks with the rails. they didn't have any cover over
it. so it was raining. me and my kids were already soaked and wet from being in the water. plus, with the rain coming down on us, we didn't have jackets. my kids didn't have any shoes on. i was just so scared and shocked what's going on. i didn't think about packing anything. the guy came. the firefighter came and he said, if anybody want to leave this area, now is the time to do it. i took that as a sign. i got my kids. and we left. >> so listen, listen, i don't know you guys in person. i haven't met you. so who is speaking now? who is this speaking now in the white sweatshirt? >> i'm quinita. >> had your kids. you said the water was up to your knees in your apartment. isis, how high did the water get up in your apartment last night after we spoke with you? >> well, the water was rising from the back from the window. the water was coming from three different ways.
we have a video, but as our neighbors, we were contacted with some of our neighbors and our neighbors said that the water has risen even more. >> yeah. isis, how is naomi doing? >> she's doing great. we have a video. >> okay. you guys -- why don't you guys e-mail it to the producers and we'll get it on the air for you. we'll put that on the air. we capital see it because it's so small. e-mail my producers after we finish this. who said she lost everything just now? >> that's my cousin. >> i'm taquia eagleton. >> how high did the water get where you are? >> i was with isis. i'm her cousin. i got us rescued this morning. i flagged down a truck with a boat this morning. i flagged him down. he was coming from midland. i grabbed one neighbor. she was on her way to baytown. that's how we ended up stuck out here.
he thought that we were all going the same place but we weren't. it was a miscommunication and we ended up stuck out here. me and isis and nao are trying to get back closer to the family. >> who else was trapped? >> sir? >> is there somebody else there who was trapped? >> yeah. >> who is that? >> my name is danese. >> my name is linda record. the way we got rescued was a volunteer just around the neighborhood seen us screaming at hollering because the rescue truck drove past us. water was up to my kneecaps and it was pitch black, no electricity. but the time i could run out to the street and flag my arms and scream and yell, they were past me and the engine was so loud that they couldn't hear us. >> so. >> i got stuck in my house for two days till a volunteer came and got us. >> can i ask you something?
>> yes. >> so i want to ask you -- how many people were around you that were still stuck when you guys were rescued? were there a lot of people? >> it was people on the front street. it was the whole neighborhood was outside. everybody was standing on their porch because the disaster hit in the middle of the night. i was asleep. my grandmother linda woke me up screaming saying it's water all the way to the bathroom. i thought she meant just like a light mist like rain came under the door. when i stepped onto the floor, it was literally up to my kneecaps. we both starred panicking. we weren't prepared. we had no clothes packed. my house got ruined. we don't have nothing. all the food in the refrigerator, it's gone. all our clothes are full of sewage water. we don't have nothing. the house stinks. we don't have nothing. >> listen, i want you guys to stay in touch. >> three days.
>> i want you guys to stay in touch with the producers. e-mail the video. let us know how you're doing. if we can help out. >> what's the e-mail? >> the person who got you on the show will contact you. oay? ing. > thank you, isis, taqua and denise, we appreciate you joining us. we know you're dealing with a lot. thank you so much. take care. those are the stories that you're hearing. that's real. that's what's happening. all of them gathered around on their cell phone and face timing us here on cnn and telling their stories. can you imagine the water coming in around you, there's nothing you can do, you have your kids and on and on and on. many stories like that. now i want to bring in drew griffin in beaumont, texas. thank you so much. you heard that one story. i'm sure you've been hearing a lot. you're in an area hit hard by the storm. it is coming back. what's going on? >> reporter: 10 to 15 inches
tonight. they just issue add extreme weather emergency trying to keep people off the roads. there's no reason to be out. basically, shelter in place. local authorities here say they are only going to respond if it is a life-threatening emergency. any of those volunteer rescues, those are done for the night because it's just toot dangerous. most of the roads in jefferson county are covered somewhere in this county making it very hard to distinguish a road and a drainage ditch and a rafer. that's where people have been getting into a lot of trouble. tropical storm warning headed this way. we're expecting to get worse overnight. the misery factor is just continuing. i'm afraid stories like the people you just talked to, that is going to be magnified because the food is running out, water is running out. people who are food for two or three days, that is now coming to an end, don. >> i understand, did you see
someone -- fall into a ditch and almost get swept away? >> reporter: don, there's a story of a woman i think you're going to have later on in the show. a woman who died very near us. what happened to her was exactly what i saw. it was a man, he thought he was crossing a street. it's actually a drainage ditch with a rapid current going through the middle. he walked down almost to his waist and then by the time i yelled at him, he got all newsered and was able to swim back to the side. but it happens that quick. people step into water where they do not know that the volume of water or where they are traveling. it could be a culvert. it could be a depression, a drainage ditch and you are gone. if that man had got in there, there was no way that i or anybody else could have reached him in time before he went under. >> we have plenty of storieses. the one you're talking about is horrific. we'll share as much of that as we can.
weak hear the rain drops. they're expecting to get a lot more. we'll get back to drew. i want to go to brian todd now at george bush international airport in houston, texas. he's been covering this from the beginning. i understand you have news about an emergency situation at a chemical plant in crosby, texas. tell us about that. >> reporter: that's right, don. this facility is it crosby is east of houston. several miles east of houston, still in harris county on liberty county line. harris county is the county where houston is located. this is well east of houston, crosby is where this plant is operated by a company called arkema incorporated. it has had to evacuate employees from the peroxide plant there. it's got about 40 inches of water from flooding inside the plant. and it's the backup generators have all failed. they've got no power in the plant. the cooling systems for whatever operates the machinery that
produces peroxide are down. they have to be able to cool these things and if they don't do that, there could be a short circuit that could lead to fire or explosion. they're very concerned about that tonight. they had an 11-person so-called ride out team inside that plant that's been there since friday in anticipation of hurricane harvey. those people are being evacuated tonight. we're told by the harris county officials out in that the section that people live within 1.5 miles of that plant have to evacuate, as well. they are concerned about a fire and possible explosion because there's no power. backup generators have failed, and they've got about 40 inches water in that peroxide plant. >> it's been three days later. and the devastation still unimaginable there. the rescues are still happening. and as i understand, you rode along with the customs and border protection helicopter today. what did you see? >> reporter: incredible scenes, don, from the air you can really see the scope of the devastation. we went over an area called
kingswood, kingswood was the name of the neighborhood in northeast houston. the water there was as high as we have seen since we've been here, up to the roofs of many houses. the water is flowing. i heard drew griffin talk about the currents where he is. they're very dangerous there. you can't get there by boat in some cases. these guys in this marine and operations unit were braving horrible conditions in the air to get there. they were lowering baskets down by hoists to pull people out. we saw ha happening today. we had to land in a little sliver of a parking lot that was barely not flooded to get people out of this king's wood neighborhood. and onto the choppers. we made three runs in there and rescued 28 people in about an hour and a half in three different runs. it is a very difference situation in that neighborhood in kings wood. these pilots, don, incredible bravery here because they're flying through driving rain, low cloud cover, and they have
almost no visibility. they can only see about a quarter mile in each direction. i'm listening to the co-pilot and pilot talking to each other. i've got a tower and wire over here. they're dodging all this stuff under low cloud cover to get to these neighborhoods. it was something to see. >> thank you, brian. doing great work out there. be safe. i want to go to alexander mar adequate request the live for news katy, texas. you spent the day on a boat with a kes cue crew and came across people still choosing to ride out the storm. what's going on? >> reporter: that's right. the storm here in houston tonight has an based a little bit. let's hope it stays that way. there's a lot of people back there hoping that it will. i spoke with a police officer earlier today who said the number of rescues in in area has gone down. that's for two reasons. the in the early hours of the storm, a lot of people made their way to safety heading into the shelters. secondly, a lot of people don't want to leave. they don't know whether the
water will go up or down. there are a lot of homes that have some elevation. the waters haven't made their way into the homes. they're reluctant to leave their houses. now, remember, there are these two big reservoirs nearby where the water levels are getting very high. the army corps of engineers is starting to allow water out of those specifically one called add addicks. there could be a lot more rescues in this area needed in the coming days. we spent a couple hours out there with some of the volunteer rescuers. specifically two cousins who came up from rockport, texas, one of the heaviest hit areas in wake harf have i. i asked one of them how he could come up so soon after rockport was hit. he said listen, i couldn't sit by and watch all this happen. the worst had passed in rockport. their hopes and families were safe. they had boats, specifically boats known as air boats or
swamp boats that have big fans on the back that navigate these waters much better than most of the boats we've seen. that speaks to the character of these volunteers who we have seen coming out it rescue their friends, their neighbors and frankly a lot of strangers. >> thank you, alexander. we'll get back to you, as well. i want to get to tom sater in the weather center. tom, this is unbelievable. officials are bracing for more devastation. tell bus it. >> yeah, don. i guess the last 24 hourses or so, the concern was east of houston into eastern texas and parts after louisiana. the color of purple into white is the size of the state of kentucky. when most of this area has picked up a year's worth of rain in a couple days, getting ready for second landfall, we're about five to six hours away. we thought maybe it would be closer to the board of texas and louisiana. you can start to see the bands. we're about five or six hours away from a landfall in
louisiana. the problem is beaumont. they have been hammered. beaumont home to over 100,000 people down toward port arthur looks like houston did saturday night. we know what happened come sunday. 15.5 inches today, on top of 16 they've already had. another six to eight tonight. we've got to get resources torres cues. lake charles, you missed out. the band stayed to your north and south. baton rouge, new orleans, you're in the clear. you got missed out, too. i know you were sandbagging in plaquemines parish. no need for that anymore. heavy rainfall in coastal florida, but the big concern is the spin and our landfall as it continues to rain don, on the same location. they had sunshine. shoes r houston today. quite nice. not much in the way of more rainfall. areas of eastern harris county over 51 inches of rain. the system will continue to accumulate rainfall in the deadly area of eastern texas.
>> we'll get back to you again. just devastating. i want to bring in a young mom who not only made it out of the floodwaters from the storm but escaped katrina. her name is aisha nelson. i'm so happy that you're doing okay. we're sorry that you're going through this. how are you tonight? tell bus it. >> today is like not knowing where i'm going from here. we don't know the where we're going or what's going to happen. that's the whole thing. >> so it must be, it, all over again because you earlier today you told my producer that your mom and sister are still trapped. and i imagine having to go through there with what happened in new orleans is just unbelievable to you. is that still the case? are they still trapped? >> no, they haven't gotten no help. i've been calling every 30 minutes to an hour, me and my sisters. they've been okay. they had no water.
it was low where they were at but the water is all around them. they're trapped. there's no way for nobody to get to them unless they rescue them. i've been calling the rescue people to rescue them. i put them on list. the rescue people called them but they never showed up. >> speaking of new orleans, you had to evacuate new orleans 12 years ago during hurricane katrina and now having to do it all over again. what's going through your mind? >> god is trying to do something. i don't know what he's trying to do with my life but i think he's trying to do something great because a person that could go through something twice and still stand up here and talk to people, god is trying to do something. it's nothing but god because when we was out there on that roof, sunday and monday, that water was coming in so fast and then we got rescued on that bridge and they tell us that that bring has collapsed since. i know it's nothing but god.
>> you literally left new orleans for houston during katrina to rebuild your life. do you think you'll be able to go home? have you heard anything what happens next? >> no, no, my -- actually, my home was flooded out on that saturday, that saturday night, my house flooded out. so i had to go to my sister's house and stayed with my sister. had that's how we got stuck with the storm that came on sunday and monday. >> so listen, i know that -- >> all my stuff. >> go on. >> go ahead, i'm sorry. >> all your stuff. >> i lost everything. i lost all my stuff on saturday. soy i went and stayed with my sister on sunday and i lost my car. we lost all our cars. me and my other other sister lost both our houses on saturday. we stay around the corner from each other she lost her house, too. we all were staying with my sister in the house. there was a bunch of us in the house together.
then the storm came and we had to evacuate and go to the people's house across the street. we all lost everything within two days. it's like going through katrina all over again. >> i have to tell you, this morning, i got a call from a text from tyler perry. he saw you on cnm. and asked for your information. he said he was trying to help you. did you get in touch with him. it he trying to help you now? what can you say about that? >> yes, he did call me up. did he say he would help me. i told him i am truly blessed and grateful for all the help that he's given me. i was totally shocked that he called me. >> yeah. and i know tyler wants other people to give and he didn't want anyone to know, he didn't want to talk about that. i'm saying that because it's amazing what tyler is doing and we all should do it. and iiasha's story is amazing. this is what you posted before you got rescued.
we'll play this and then talk. >> my baby is dehydrated. my baby is sleeping. all my baby doing is sleeping. we all just sitting in the room. >> we need help. we need help. >> this is the building across the street. it's falling apart. the water is just coming. it's just gushing from the back of the building. and down the stream. it go all the way down. hen they have a sinkhole down there. i just -- i'm so depressed. i don't know what to do. >> everybody's watching. what do you want people to know? >> people need help. if y'all can help these people, this is serious. it's scary. there's water everywhere. they got people still trapped. if y'all got people that got helicopters, we beg you all come 0 houston to help us. we going to need help. all of this going to need help. especially texas and some parts
of louisiana. we need help. >> thank you so much. i appreciate it. and again, i think what tyler is doing is great. i think other people should give. i think that's the example we should all set. we appreciate you. keep in touch and let us know if you need anything. thank you so much. >> thank you all. thank you all for being able to share my story to help other people. i didn't do it for fame or anything. i did it cause i wanted to bring awareness to people and tell them what's going on in the world and what other people are going through. because this is real life. >> you get some rest. thank you so much. when we come back, the man who lost everything in katrina, only to be hit again bihar have i. he'll join me with his harrowing story. that's next. ronoh really?g's going on at schwab. thank you clients? well jd power did just rank them highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms... again. and online equity trades are only $4.95...
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the service road in reference to a high water rescue. a beaumont woman and her young child were traveling southbound and got into the high water. she pulled her vehicle into a parking lot and it got stuck. she got out of the vehicle with her child and at some point swept into a canal close to the area. she ended up floating about a half mile from her vehicle. two of our officers and fire rescue divers were on a zodiac boat and spotted the mother floating with the child. it's just a true testament to a mother's will to save her child in any circumstance. the first responders were able to get to the mother and child just before they went under a tressel that was almost completely underwater. had it been a few more minutes, they would have been swept underneath the bridge and our boat wouldn't have been able to get to them. the mother was unresponsive, but the child was hanging on her back. and was suffering from hypothermia. they will attempted to perform
cpr to save her life but were unsuccessful. they were able to actually have a citizen help load her up into a truck and get her to a nearby ambulance. >> how is the baby doing? >> the baby is good. she's in stable condition. and we've finally been able to notify some family members and get them to the hospital and it's just a terrible situation, but the baby is doing okay. and should make a full recovery. >> it sounds like you're breaking up there. it's really heart breaking. >> it is. it's been weighing heavily on those first responders hearts. of course, life safety is our number one priority and so it's really difficult to have to deal with a fatality in these circumstances. so we're thankful that the child was able to be rescued. >> we are, too. we're sorry about the mom. we're thankful, as you said, about the child. officer haley morrow, public information officer, beaumont
police department. thank you for your service and please thank all the members down there helping out. >> thank you. we'll do that. >> tonight officials in texas say between 9,000 and 10,000 people have been rescued in houston and the surrounding region. the flooding is all too familiar to some of the residents. they were also victims when hurricane katrina devastated new orleans 12 years ago. on the phone with me now is brian wooes, a former new orleans police commander. thank you, brian. how you doing? >> i'm doing all right, sir. >> you just heard from officer morrow talked about the mother who died. the child clinging to her mother when rescued and is now in stable condition. sadly, the mother didn't make it. what's your reaction to that story? what do you think when you hear that story? >> well, everything's surreal to me. you know, going through katrina and seeing all the people suffering and then -- i could
tell you about situations where we were sitting there waiting for -- listening to 911 calls, hundreds of coming in and we were just stranded ourselves and we didn't have police cars, we didn't have any way to get them. one of the worse things is the police officer, the reason why you take the job is to help people and being helpless is a terrible feeling. i know that sergeant perez from houston was -- he ended up dying today in the floodwater, too. and may heart goes out to all the citizens of houston as well as the police officers and all the emergency responders. >> absolutely. you were a commander for the new orleans police department. you helped save lives during katrina. this time around, you had to worry about your wife and three daughters. what happened? >> well, we tried to be prepared. my wife and i. we made plans. when we moved to texas, we made
sure we were in a house that did not flood. and meyerland, which is everyone to have flooding, the house we live in has never been flooded. we prepared the night before. i expected heavy rain. i expected water to maybe come up on the lawn. when my wife woke up 4:30 in the morning, and i was up already, we talked. discussed it. and she said brian, i think we have to get the girls out. i have three daughters. they had packed bags the night before just in case of emergency because we understand how bad it can get. so we decided to leave about ten minutes later. i looked out the door and the water was up to the door. it started coming in the house and all the, the toil toilets and the bathtub started backing up. we were worried about health and-already made arrangements to go down to a neighbor's house about a half a block away. we started to go half a block
away and my littlest girl tried to cross the street herself. swimming across. the waters came across and swept her under and she caught a little current. got one of our dogs and i grabbed her and i dropped the suitcase and we were able to save her. basically, we're lucky she didn't get swept off in the current and end up in a canal or something. >> that story of the mom just before really hits home with you. just by the grace of god, you know, sadly, it could be any one of the families down there with small kids. >> well, i mean, it's everybody. i mean, you know, i'll have to say that you know, everybody -- everybody you know is proneton anything happening. and you know, we're lucky my daughter's still here today. >> yeah. this is -- we have video of your older daughter wading through the water trying to cross the
street. by the way, i should tell everyone, you lost everything during katrina, right? >> yeah, i lost everything i owned and also you know, besides property which i learned a lot during katrina. property you can always get more stuff. my grandmother died also, my dad ended up having a quadruple bypass. katrina was a terrible thing to me. >> what's going on in this video. >> this is your older daughter wading through the water? >> yes, what happened is we were trying to get to another house to go inside and it had water in it but didn't have electricity. the water started to rise pretty high. and a neighbor had put the rope and we had it there just in case the rescue boat was come because i was trying to get a rescue boat to get us out of there. we starred crossing and the rope was there to help guide us. the water started coming up high. as you can see, it was up to will my neck and we -- she had
to climb on my back. the water would have been over her head. i got her across. i had to take all my kids like that. one i put on my shoulder, my littlest one. then my wife, we have guinea pigs and dogs. we were able to get the guinea pigs and dogs across. my wife had to hold her breath. i had to pull her under. that was the only way to get her across. >> goodness. brian, thank you, sir. god bless you. >> thank you, and the only thing i got to say as a positive note, i know everybody's going to come together. we'll get the non-profits, religious groups and everybody in houston and in louisiana whoever is suffering. all the volunteers bring the city back, just like in katrina. if everybody has faith and there will be some good things happen. >> that's why they call you mr. positive. thank you, brian. good luck to you and your family. >> thank you. thank you. for ways that you can help those affected by hurricane harvey, go
hours in a region already inundated with life-threatening floods. joining me two mayors in the area, mayor nick hunter of lake charles, louisiana and mayor derek freeman of port arthur, texas. good evening to both of you. i appreciate you joining us here on cnn. mayor free man, harvey is set to make landfall in your community just hours from now. are you ready. >> we're ready. port arthur has taken a few major hurricanes, hurricane ike and rita. we're ready. you can't of course, fight mother nature. she's giving us one right now. we're ready for it. >> mayor hunter, national weather service is predicting a 24-foot storm surge for parts of louisiana. parts of the coast. how are you preparing? are you ready? >> well, we are as ready as we can be. we did have some scary moments last night where we had to evacuate about had 300 to 500 citizens. and we have a very resilient
population and we are as ready as we can be. >> so mayor freeman, what's your biggest concern at this hour as you watch all these horrific pictures and you're out and about i'm sure in the neighbors talking to people. what's your biggest concern. >> that we've done everything we can. right now we have numerous emergency personnel around the city. from my last phone call we're making hundreds right now of res kunz emergency calls. so people are out there hurting. so we just want to make sure we've done everything within our power to make sure we accommodate their needs. >> similar question to you, mayor hunter. do you have all the resources you need? >> we feel like we do. when a situation like this comes up, the number one concern is people's safety. and the safety of our citizens. so again, locally, between municipalities, local governments, our sheriff's department, state agencies we feel like we have the resources
we need right now to handle the immediate issues. what's really going to be needed is once this thing passes and people go home to flooded homes and some people will be without shelter, we are going to need the federal assistance. >> what about your first responders, mayor free man? do they have what they need for the next phase of this storm? >> well, you know, we would like to think we are. you know, we're also like the mayor of lake charles. we're looking to make sure we respond to all the needs now, but you know, there's going to be a clean-up and a recovery after this. we're going to need help bouncing back too from the federal government, state level there's been a presence. but this storm has, of course, been lingering for several days, devastating thousands if not millions of lives. we don't want to seem like we're selfish. we want to make sure it's known we need help also. we're going to rebuild but we'll need a little help to do so.
>> i'm not sure how much of the broadcast wa you've heard. we had incredible stories,' group of young women with entire families displaced there in the houston, texas area. then we had a police officer on and telling a story about a mother who lost her life trying to save her child. i'm wondering to both of you, first, mayor hunter, what is your message to the people of your community tonight to reassure them? >> well, to the people of lake charles, first we want to tell them to be safe. and we are -- seeing the waters rice this evening. if you feel you're in a situation where the water is get too close for comfort, make that call. we'll be there to help you. but we're going to get through this. that's my main message to the city of lake charles and to the nation that we are very resilient. we're going to get through this. we may need some help. as the mayor said before me, help from the federal government is going to be essential for us.
but we're going to survive. we're survivors and we're going to take care of ourselves. if we can get a little help from the federal government, we're going to make it. >> mayor free man. >> that situation is very sad. a tragic story. all week we've enturned citizens to stay home if you could. we've also stood up a shelter for our citizens at our civic center in the area. a nice lily pad. you can come and stay dry. we had the catholic charities, red cross, several other non-profits helping us out there. please stay home if you can. if you feel unsafe, dial 911 and emergency response will get there whether we have to do it by boat, high profile vehicle, we'll get to you. >> mayor free man and mayor hunter of lake charles, louisiana, thank you both. best of luck to you. when we come back, the president and the first lady touring the damage in texas today. the question is, will he deliver
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inundated by floodwaters. president trump and melania trump toured the flood zone today. i want to bring in cn senior political analyst david gergen and douglas brinkley. thanks for coming in. what an awful awful story. david, i want to start with you. president trump travelled to texas today where he met with of governor greg abbott. what's the purpose behind a visit like this? is there a reason beyond the obvious political optics. >> i think it is a matter of the president of the united states showing support and empathy for the people in the devastation, the courage they've shown in dealing with it. you remember how large a price president george w. bush paid when he did not go to new orleans after katrina. he sort of flew over it. and so i do think you can quibble with aspects of what the president did today. but i think overall, i think we ought to give him a break. he did the right thing. he went. he stayed out of the way. didn't interfere with the operations and he moved on. he really showed a flag of
support. now, quibbles. he's as you calling attention to himself. could he have shown far more empathy for the people. he's got budget cuts affecting his various agencies doing the work and there's no talk about climate change which does contribute to there. >> speaking of when you say stayed they said it was a presidential trip to a deluge state where the president didn't meet a single storm victim, see an inch of rain or get near a flooded street, but the day long visit where president trump spent more time in the air than on the ground, gave the optics obsessed president some of the visuals he wanted as he checked in on the government apparatus working on relief efforts and was buoyed by a rorring crowd of locales." >> i would hope he has some
empathy. he has trouble talking about things besides himself and those are the kwibls that david gurgen rightfully pointed out but overall he did a good job, he got to corpis christy. he's a germophobe. the fact of what's happening in houston, we need the u.s. military down in the greater houston area. the 82nd airborne did an amazing job with hurricane andrew in florida, 82nd out of fort brag, i was there in new orleans katrina hit. they got roads and materials and things flowing so the president might, as a first step of how can the federal government help immediately, bring in the 82nd
airborne? a lot of these first responders are exhausted right now. >> his visit is the first step in him delivering the financial support that him and the region so desperately need. can they come together and get these folks the resources they need? >> i sure hope so. hurricane sandy, the price tag was 50 billion. you could be looking at $100 billion for dealing with this catastrophic flooding in louisiana and texas. that -- where's that money coming from? you're not going to be able to get a wall with mexico built and pushed. it was never going to happen any rate. the focus has to be focusing on infrastructure. this is where we went to the moon and nasa. where you need a martial plan type program for the south.
we needed more after katrina. we need more now. we've got to come to the aid of this all important part of the gulf of mexico region in our country. >> i think on the sheer politics of it, they can have now a bill to pay for a lot of the damage and help houston get back on its feet that they attach to the debt ceiling and that will make it almost imperative that they vote for it. >> because we all remember what happened in 2012 when they wanted funds with sandy and now the republican state. >> there's hypocrisy, of course there is. but the other part of it, when are we actually going to get serious about prevention and looking forward? if you're going to cut the budget for the weather service so you can have predictive things, why are we continuing to let so many people live so close
president trump travelled to texas today to visit the flood zone. but back in washington there it are new developments in the russian investigation. kevin perez has more. hello to you. we're learning more about special counsel robert mueller's investigation. what's the latest? >> reporter: it really does look like that, don. the subpoenas that went out went to lorenzau. lore lorenza until recently was an
attorney representing manafort. and maloney is apparently the spokesman for manafort. this is to show there's an effort to apply pressure to the former campaign manager. they're seeking documents and testimony but the subpoena raises potential attorney client privileges and you can bet the law firm will be pretty aggressive in protecting that information. prosecutors tend to avoid these kinds of fights so it's not clear what the strategy is. the subpoena that went to maloney, he's going to end up getting a lot of communications from journalists which normally prosecutors have to go through a lot of trouble to get. >> it was last month that mueller authorized the predawn raid on manafort's home and these are pretty aggressive tactics, aren't they? >> former prosecutors think this is the hallmark of andrew
wieseman. he's a senior lawyer on the mueller team and they think this is a sign perhaps he's trying to push manafort to flip to provide information on the president. it's not clear manafort has anything to provide. they didn't issue a subpoena to wilmer heal, the law firm which he worked until recently becoming special counsel. we finally now know that they're going to do closed door testimonies to be transcribed and this is going to be with the senate judiciary committee. we knew don jr. was going to come in -- or at least try to explain about the meeting last year in june where this russian lawyer came and was allegedly going to provide dirt on the hillary clinton campaign. we now know they have set a date.
we don't know kpangtly what date it is. we know sometime in september is when they expect that to happen. >> and don jr. will give a transcribed interview and will he be under oath? is. >> if he lies, he can still get in trouble. so the question is are we going to be able to see the transcription when that is done? we know some senators talked about releasing these transcriptranscript s. >> thank you. >> thanks. this is cnn breaking news. >> our breaking news. tropical storm harvey threatens a second land fall in a region already inundated with life threatening floods. curfew beginning in houston in just two hours, two urhos from now. thank you for joining us. 10,000