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Stats on rainfall and damage show Harvey’s impact in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Harvey ravaged southern Texas with record rainfall, damaged homes and flooded neighborhoods since making landfall on Aug. 25. Here are some statistics about the storm’s impact on the state:

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WIND AND WATER: Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane with a top wind speed of 132 mph, recorded in Port Aransas, Texas. It dumped 51.88 inches of rain over a seven day period near Mont Belvieu, about 35 miles east of Houston. An estimated 1 trillion gallons of water fell during the four days that Harvey stalled over Harris County. The highest storm surge — about 12.5 feet — was recorded at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge, located northeast of Corpus Christi.

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DEATHS: At least 72 fatalities have been attributed to Harvey.

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FINANCIAL DAMAGES: Analysts estimate Harvey’s financial damages could range from $80 billion to more than $100 billion. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says its damage to the state could be $150 billion to $180 billion. The Texas Division of Emergency Management shows more than $439 million in costs tied to damage to public property and costs associated with debris removal and police/EMS response. Hurricane Katrina remains the costliest U.S. natural disaster at $175 billion.

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AREA AFFECTED: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved individual assistance for residents affected by Harvey in 39 counties in southern Texas, with 35 reporting sustaining damage. Some counties may not yet have reported damage.

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DAMAGED HOMES: More than 210,700 homes — single-family, multiple-family and mobile — were damaged or destroyed. In Harris County, where Houston is located, officials estimate that at least 136,000 homes were damaged.

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PEOPLE IN SHELTERS: At the height of Harvey, more than 34,500 people were housed in shelters throughout Texas. In Houston, the George R. Brown Convention Center housed more than 10,000 at one point. Currently, more than 21,200 people are in shelters, including more than 9,200 in the Dallas area.

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RESCUES: State and federal agencies conducted more than 122,300 rescues and evacuations. Those included more than 34,000 by the Texas National Guard and other state military forces and more than 11,000 by the U.S. Coast Guard. In Houston, the police department helped perform more than 5,000 water rescues.

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FEMA AID: More than 660,200 individuals have applied for federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has approved more than 204,200 individual applications, totaling more than $216 million in assistance.

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CHARTIABLE CONTRIBUTIONS: More than $320 million has been donated to help people affected by Harvey. The American Red Cross said it has raised $211 million. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, has raised more than $37 million. A fund set up by the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt has raised more than $29 million. The United Way has raised more than $26.9 million. The Salvation Army has raised more than $19.2 million.

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