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More than 8,500 rescued, 26,000 evacuated in past week due to Harvey

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

SAN ANTONIO (KABB/WOAI) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said more than 8,500 rescues have taken place since Tropical Storm Harvey hit areas of the Texas Gulf Coast, Houston and Southeast Texas. In addition, more than 26,000 people have been evacuated and more than 32,000 evacuees remain in shelters throughout the state.

The Texas National Guard and National Guard have deployed 14,000 guard members with another 10,000 National Guard members on the way. About 600 military vehicles, 500 boats and 100 helicopters are part of the massive rescue effort.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) said it has received more than 210,000 applications for individual assistance and has approved more than $37 million in funds to help those in need.

The numbers paint an astounding picture of the emergency response in the aftermath of Harvey.

But the worst is far from over, the governor warned. Major flooding is expected in several areas near Houston, Beaumont and across East Texas.

Abbott reassured Texas would be ready to continue to help everyone who needs it, including undocumented immigrants who may be too afraid to seek help at a shelter.

"No one is being asked about their status," said Gov. Abbott. "We have one purpose - and that's to help and save people who are here."

Help for those affected by Harvey

Earlier, FEMA officials urged property owners living within the affected counties to file claims with their insurance companies first, then seek assistance from FEMA's Disaster Assistance program.

Anyone without insurance can then seek help with the Small Business Administration which is offering disaster loan assistance.

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