Natural Disaster
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Texas governor calls for day of prayer

by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/31/17, 04:50 pm

As Harvey’s misery continues to multiply, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called for a statewide day of prayer Sunday. Vice President Mike Pence traveled with Abbott to Rockport, Texas, on Thursday, where Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane nearly one week ago. Officials have attributed at least 30 deaths to Harvey, but they expect that toll to rise. Rescue crews are still pulling people from floodwaters in and around Port Arthur and Beaumont, where residents remain without drinking water.

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As the water rises

Disaster | God’s love and grace amid a hurricane
by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/30/17, 04:42 pm

HOUSTON—Last night, my 3-year-old requested some stories from her Bible before bed. We started with Jesus bringing the little girl back to life (one of my daughter’s favorites) and ended with Jesus calming the storm. As I read the familiar account, the Holy Spirit prompted me to consider something I hadn’t before: The disciples, fisherman all their lives, had faced plenty of other storms. The one that churned out of the blue that day created wind and waves so unprecedented, the seasoned sailors cried, “We are lost!”

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State of emergency in New Orleans over flood fears

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/11/17, 10:47 am

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in New Orleans amid fears of large-scale flooding. With rain in the forecast Friday, officials scrambled to repair the city’s water-pumping system, which was overwhelmed by a flash flood last week. “The city is urging residents in the affected areas to stay vigilant, to move their vehicles to high ground, take necessary action to protect personal property and stay off the roadway during thunderstorms,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

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