The storm is already a record-breaking disaster. The coastal cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur got pummelled with 26 inches of rain in 24 hours - and it was still raining.
"She's starting out with a significant donation, and that donation is getting us to launch out into some areas that help us more effectively impact the communities that have been the most affected", Rasmus said in an interview with ET.
"This is an incredible gift", said Elizabeth Penniman, Vice President of Communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, told People magazine. Trump's fascination with the size of the storm comes across as a president trying to avoid any responsibility for relief and the unimaginable costs that will follow. New Orleans was put under a tornado and flash flood watch until tomorrow.
"This storm, it's epic what happened". Charities and other federal, state and local agencies will add to that. Officials in Acadia Parish advised residents near the Mermentau River and Bayou Nezpique to leave. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts parts of Southwest Louisiana could see another 5 to 10 inches of rain.
The demand in the Twin Cities to adopt rescues regularly exceeds the supply, so the AHS brings up more than 8,000 cats and dogs each year from Southern states, which have the opposite problem - more animals than families that are willing to adopt. They included Houston police Sergeant Steve Perez, who drowned in a highway underpass Saturday when his auto was overwhelmed by floodwaters as he tried to get to his post.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Watt's YouCaring page has raised $3.25 million and the goal has been increased to $4 million.
The storm will move across the northeast through the rest of the week and become a "tropical depression".
But the worst may not be over for storm survivors. To that end, Trump said he would be working with Congress to help the State of Texas.
"We are here with you today, with are here with you tomorrow and we will be with you every single day after to restore, recover and rebuild".
Trump did not visit Houston, where flood recovery and relocation efforts were concentrated, in order to avoid disrupting rescue efforts.