Hurricane Harvey: Mayor Orders Mandatory Evacuation of West Houston Homes | NBC Nightly News

JACOB RASCON IS LIVE IN WEST HOUSTON TONIGHT JACOB? >> Reporter: KATE, GOOD EVENING

MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER HARVEY SLAMMED INTO THE TEXAS COAST, THOUSANDS OF HOMES REMAIN UNDER SEVERAL FEET OF WATER MOST OF THE REGION IS SHIFTING ITS FOCUS TO THE CLEANUP EFFORT AND WHAT IS LIKELY TO BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE NATURAL DISASTER IN US HISTORY TONIGHT IN WEST HOUSTON, NEIGHBORHOOD AFTER NEIGHBORHOOD STILL UNDER WATER

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR 4,600 HOMES AFTER THEIR OWNERS THOUGHT THEY HAD ESCAPED THE WORST >> IT'S SAD I FEEL SAD FOR US I FEEL SAD FOR EVERYONE

>> Reporter: FAMILIES LIKE THE ROMOS TOLD THEY CAN'T RETURN TO THEIR HOMES FOR NINE MORE DAYS WHILE THE CITY RELEASES WATER FROM OVERFLOWING RESERVOIRS >> THE FEW STUFF THAT WE HAVE LEFT THAT'S NOT BEEN FLOODED OUT, THAT'S ALL WE WANT >> Reporter: THROUGHOUT THE REGION, THE DAMAGE IS OVERWHELMING STREET AFTER STREET LOOKS LIKE THIS THE CLEANUP AND REBUILDING MAY COST UP TO $190 BILLION, MORE THAN HURRICANES KATRINA AND SANDY COMBINED

A DAY OF PRAYER IN TEXAS AND NATIONWIDE SOME CONGREGATIONS SETTING UP OUTSIDE WHILE WATER WAS PUMPED FROM THEIR CHAPEL VOLUNTEERS FLOOD THE STREETS AND MAKESHIFT DISTRIBUTION CENTERS TRUCKLOADS OF DONATIONS FROM HOUSTONIANS AND GENEROUS AMERICANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD STILL POURING IN, FEEDING AND CLOTHING TENS OF THOUSANDS STUCK IN SHELTERS PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITING SOME OF THEM OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

IN CROSBY, NORTHEAST OF HOUSTON, THE ARKEMA PLANT ON FIRE AGAIN AS CONTAINERS FILLED WITH UNSTABLE CHEMICALS EXPLODE AND BURN THE COMPANY NOW SAYING THEY WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESS, SO HUNDREDS OF EVACUATED FAMILIES CAN RETURN HOME SOONER MORE THAN 75 PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALSO DAMAGED IN THE FLOOD, SOME DESTROYED KINGWOOD HIGH SCHOOL TOOK IN WATER UP TO THE SECOND FLOOR, FORCING IT TO CLOSE FOR THE ENTIRE ACADEMIC YEAR MANY OTHERS COULD CLOSE FOR MONTHS, LEAVING THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS ACROSS THE REGION UPROOTED, FORCED TO ATTEND A DIFFERENT SCHOOL THIS FALL

>> THESE ARE OUR KIDS, AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TRAGEDY LOOKS LIKE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THEY'VE PROBABLY EXPERIENCED A TRAGEDY THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE AND TO KNOW THAT THEY LOST EVERYTHING THEY LOS

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