Gov. Abbott Announces Texas Relief Plan for Hurricane Harvey

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday the Commission to Rebuild Texas to help displaced families and communities rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

In a news conference from the state capitol Thursday, Abbott announced that John Sharp, Texas A&M University chancellor, would lead the commission.

"This storm and the devastation deserves a Texas-sized response, and Texas is up to the challenge," Abbot said. "We've been challenged before...We will triumph over tragedy."

The federal response to Hurricane Harvey's devastation in Texas has made a major impact on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's relief fund, with NBC News reporting the agency will run out of money by Friday, Sept. 8 -- just two days before Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida as a major Category 4 storm.

Thousands of Harvey evacuees remain sheltered across the state, with about 4,000 people sheltered inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas as of Sept. 4.

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