By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY — As one of the most devastating storms in US history continues to sweep across Texas and heads for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey is asking Alabamians to reach out and help those victims affected by the storm.
“I am urging all Alabamians to join me in praying for those affected by this tragedy and in considering ways to help with recovery efforts,” Ivey said. “In addition to supporting worthy causes like the Red Cross and faith-based groups, I encourage everyone to help meet the urgent needs caused by this storm.”
Ivey said she reached out to Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and pledged “the full support” of all Alabamians.
“Like all Americans, the people of Alabama are deeply moved by the massive devastation that has affected the state of Texas,” she said. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those lost because of Hurricane Harvey, and especially with the family of Houston Police Sergeant Steve Perez. Our thoughts and our prayers are with all Texans.”
Harvey has now shattered records as the storm that dumped the most rainfall in such a short period of time, dropping more than 50 inches in some areas of Texas. The slow-moving storm has battered Texas for nearly five days and will continue to dump rain on the region and neighboring states for days to come.
At least 30 people have been confirmed dead in flood-related deaths as large swaths of the city of Houston — the fourth largest in the US — remain submerged. The storm is now making its second landfall in Louisiana before heading north over Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama.
“Today, we are reminded that despite our differences, despite our political ideologies, despite what may separate us, each of us are Americans, united by our common heritage and our commitment to liberty as given to every man, woman, and child by Almighty God Himself,” Ivey said. “Though we never wish for a catastrophic event such as this, it certainly gives us perspective and reminds us of what is important in life.”