Harvey Storm Updates–Refresh for latest news on Texas storm rescues

Neighbors helping neighbors in Texas. Canjun Navy on the way. Emergency responders pray before leaving for Texas. Streets become waterways of rescue. (NL)

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10:26 am…Brazoria County, right outside Houston, has a breach in the levee. The fire department just asked people to evacuate immediately.

August 29, 2017 10:02 am. Rumor going around rest stops is not true about Wednesday Aug. 30th being the deadline to turn in application for federal help to FEMA.

Photos of rescue and relief

Public Service Reminder

Harvey rescue 1

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12″45 pm…Vice President Mike Pence:

“There are more than 8,000 federal officials in the area. We’ve already shipped more than 1.2 million meals, a million liters of water, and we continue to support some 65 mobile emergency support personnel and 10 mobile communications offices to get people as quickly as possible out of harm’s way.”

12:38 pm///FEMA:

To find loved ones who marked themselves as safe after or to register yourself, visit:

12:37 pm…From Harris County Sheriff’s Office: 

IMPORTANT: If you are awaiting rescue, hang a towel or sheet prominently so we can find you. Addresses are hard to spot.

12:30 pm…

The following Houston area H-E-B store locations are open:

Alabama/ Dunlavy
Alvin
Angleton
Atascocita
Beaumont 5
Beaumont 6

H-E-B Disaster Relief

Beechnut
Bellaire
Blackhawk
Brenham
Bryan 1
Bryan 3
Bunker Hill

HEB volunteers handing out water to citizens.

Carthage
Champion Forest
Clear Lake
Clear Lake 2
Cleveland
College Station
College Station 2
Columbus
Conroe
Conroe 2
Crockett
Deer Park
El Campo
Fairfield (290/Mason)
Friendswood
Fry/Tuckerton
Grant/Spring Cypress
Gulfgate
Huntsville
Indian Springs
Jones/West
JVSS 01 Veterans Mem
JVSS 02 Wallisville
JVSS 06 W Bellfort
JVSS 07 Fuqua/Beltway 8
JVSS 08 Aldine Westfield
Kempwood
Kingwood
Kirkwood
Lake Colony
Lake Jackson
League City
Livingston
Lufkin
Lumberton
Mason
Mi Tienda 1

HEB Disaster Relief

Mid County
Orange
Pearland 2
Pearland Plus!
Riley Fuzzel
Riverpark
Santa Fe
Spring Cypress
Stuebner Louetta
Sugar Land
Summerwood
Texas City
Tomball
Vintage Market
Wharton
Woodlands 4
Woodlands 5

12:28 pm...The First Lady will be President Trump when he visits Texas Tuesday.

12:27 pm…FEMA Expects Nearly A Half Million Harvey Victims To Seek Disaster Assistance

12:26 pm…. National Weather Service–Galveston: 

Update: some areas have radar-estimated totals over 40″! Next week may bring over 20″ of rain to the same area

12:15 Plans for President Trump visit to Hurricane Harvey devastated area tomorrow are underway.

 

12:08 pm 10,000 cubic feet per second of water is being released from Houston reservoir to prevent major flooding in downtown Houston.

Houston, Texas

12:07 pm… The Louisiana Canjun Navy has arrived in the Houston area with a convoy of boats, trucks and rescue equipment.

Louisiana Cajun Navy (LCN)

They posted this info:

 ***IF YOU NEED RESCUE OR WANT TO HELP RESCUE***
The best source of communication at this time is the Zello walkie talkie app. There are many more organizations on the ground helping in the rescue efforts, and the majority are using this app to navigate to where the needs are. Please download the Zello app, create a user name and password, type in Texas search and rescue, and then search for any search and rescue teams close to your vicinity. (example – DickinsonSearch)This will connect you with rescue officials on the ground there that can navigate help your way. 

11:52 am…Houston Police have 184 “critical” rescues requested. More resources on the way.

11″44 am…George R Brown Convention Center in Houston now has about 3,000 evacuees with room for more.

 

11:42 am…First Baptist Church of Jacinto City is open for shelter. They opened doors for red cross. The are rescuing residents and taking them to the gym. They have food and drinks. First Baptist JC is in need of socks all sizes, towels, and clothes that you can donate.
10701 Wiggins St, Houston, TX 77029

New shelter opens

11:35 am…Animal Rescue Kennel posted-

We are in serious need of help! They opened the dam north of us and we got over a foot of water overnight…and it’s still rising! They’re going to release more water from upstream and more rain is on the horizon. We’ve got to go and we’ve got to go now! We won’t leave the dogs so need help getting them out by boat. We need temporary places for them to stay as well. We will need about 20 more large crates. We’re still having trouble wrapping our heads around this and really aren’t sure where to begin. Can anyone get to us with a boat and a trailer so we can make several trips back and forth with dogs in crates?

413 Speights Loop Road
Hankamer, TX 77560

Dog rescue in Hankamer, Texas needs help.

11:04 am….a years worth of rain will fall in east Texas by the end of the week. Harvey has remained just off the coast since Friday. Some areas will get 50 inches of rain. Most rain ever recorded in Texas. Thousands  of people are  still roofs. Police in Houston says over 2,000 have been rescued. Cajun Navy has rescued hundreds more.

6;04 am…Carnival cruise ships Valor and Freedom, had been set to arrive in Galveston on Saturday, but were detoured to New Orleans. Passengers were allowed to get off there or wait to get back to Galveston — Tuesday at best, port officials said. Carnival’s Breeze, set to arrive in Galveston on Sunday, also took the New Orleans detour. Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas headed to Miami, slated to make it back to Galveston Friday, four days late. Harvey has affected about 20,000 cruise passengers, officials said.

Other dangers include ants, alligators and snakes. 

Ants, Gators and Snakes.

6:02 am… U.S. Coast Guard tweets:  still dangerous. round the clock rescues in . Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Get on roofs, not in attics

New Flash Flood Warning from San Antonio Weather center: 

East of San Antonio; Flash Flood Warning (Weather Service//San Antonio)

5:45 am…The National Weather Service had to come up with a new color to show another range of precipitation because they have never had to graph the amount of rain in 24 hours that has fallen in some parts of Texas.

5:25 am….Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said that when Harvey hit Rockport, about 35 police cars and emergency vehicles were damaged enough to be placed out of service. Broken windows, windshields and up to six inches of water in the vehicles caused some of the electronics to short out. Some of the sirens and lights were set off during the storm.

Flamingo Road in Key Allegro near Rockport, Texas:

Key Allegro Flamingo Road (Katie Friesen Lawhon)

5:20 am…1,000 more National Guard members are on their way to Houston today to join the 3,000 National Guard and State Guard members already there helping in recovery and relief efforts. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the additional Guard personnel Sunday. He indicated 500 vehicles and 14 aircraft (helicopters) had been put into service.

Harris County Shelters open (Office of Homeland Security Emergency Operations)

5:03 am….Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives President Trump and Federal help (FEMA, Homeland Security) an “A+” for their efforts in helping Texas so far. Army Corp of Engineers are opening dams to prevent severe flooding to downtown Houston. The area is essentially paralyzed and no travel of streets will be possible. The devastation will become compounded as more rain falls. Search and rescue efforts for thousands of people forced to remain on their rooftops will be expanded as daylight comes.

The Governor’s office confirmed that Abbott has called Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner four times since Friday and left two messages to “let him know that, whatever he needs, the state of Texas will provide.” Turner has not returned the calls as of 5 a.m. Monday. The two publicly announced conflicting messages to Texans when Abbott suggest Houston should consider evacuation. The Mayor didn’t issue an evacuation order and suggested leaving Houston would cause more problems.

“We’ve moved beyond whether or not there should have been an evacuation,” Gov. Abbott said Sunday.

Houston apartment complex (Ammerah Merritt)

5:00 am…5 confirmed dead as a result of Harvey.

4:38 am…Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said  Texas has about shelters have capacity for about 41,000 people.

“Many people are going to stay with friends and family or they’re going to rent hotels,” Kidd told News Legit. “What we’re focused on is making sure that people that don’t have a place to stay know that they have a shelter that they can use. Priority one is saving lives.”

4:37 am…Beaumont has received over 24 inches of rain.

4:36 am–Gov. Greg Abbott said over 500 buses were being used to transport coastal residents inland. State parks are open free of charge to evacuees, and law enforcement officials are not ask people at evacuation shelters about their immigration status. More boats and helicopters are on the way to help with hundreds more evacuations Monday.

4:30 am–public is asked to donate blood because of the shortage.

4:25 am–-Bush International and Hobby airports in Houston have cancelled all flights today–over 5,000 flights total.

4:20 a.m…. Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday: ““Even if an evacuation order hasn’t been issued by your local official, if you’re in an area between Corpus Christi and Houston, you need to strongly consider evacuating. What you don’t know, and what nobody else knows right now, is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming. You don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you could be subject to a search and rescue.”

“LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST,” Francisco Sanchez, spokesman for the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, tweeted in response to Abbott’s warning. There were no evacuation orders in Houston, and only ones in a few communities in Harris County, Sanchez stressed. Later Sanchez tweeted ‘I live here. I work here. I know here. My job is to protect people here. Local officials like @EdEmmett @SylvesterTurner know best.'”

By Saturday morning Mayor Turner told citizens there  would be flooding and heavy rains for the next four or five days, but again emphasized evacuation was not necessary.

4:14 am…In a 24-hour period, the Houston and Galveston area received 24.1 inches of rain.

 

4:01 am….A record daily max rainfall of 16.07″ was set at Houston Intercontinental yesterday, breaking the old record of 8.32″ set in 1945. A record daily max rainfall of 7.45″ was set at College Station yesterday breaking the old record of 1.35″ set in 1977.

10:18 pm: National Weather Service–Houston: Updated rainfall totals forecast for the overnight period today show widespread 5-10+” and some 4-7+”.

 

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg: 

Compassion is a universal language. Our priority is safety of all. No one seeking shelter has been nor will be turned away.

 

 

The list of schools cancellations for Monday, Aug. 28 (as of 10 pm. Aug. 27)

  • Bastrop ISD
  • Del Valle ISD
  • Elgin ISD
  • Giddings ISD
  • Hays CISD
  • La Grange ISD
  • Lockhart ISD
  • Luling ISD
  • Manor ISD
  • McDade ISD
  • New Braunfels ISD
  • Pleasanton ISD
  • Prairie Lea ISD
  • San Marcos CISD
  • Smithville ISD
  • Texas State University (Round Rock & San Marcos campuses)
Delayed Starts 
  • Austin ISD, 2-hour delay
  • Austin Community College, 10 a.m. start
  • Eanes ISD, 2-hour delay
  • Wimberley ISD, 10 a.m. start
  • Pflugerville ISD, 2-hour delay (Elementary classes will start at 9:40 a.m., middle school classes will start at 10:05 a.m. and high school classes will start at 11 a.m. Prekindergarten classes will also be on a 2 hour delay)

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President Donald Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration ahead of Harvey’s landfall. Federal assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now available by people impacted. This can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has designated 54 counties to his state disaster declaration. “The addition of these counties to the state disaster declaration will continue to allow Texas to quickly deploy all available resources to those affected by this devastating storm,” said Governor Abbott. “Hurricane Harvey has had a catastrophic impact on Texans and their property, and this declaration will help them rebuild and recover. The state will continue to provide as much aid as possible to these communities that have already lost so much.”

 

Texas National Guard helps resident in Houston area flood. (Tx National Guard)

Registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.com is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance.

If you don’t have internet access, you may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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10:03 pm. Port Arthur radar sighting.

10 pm. Tornado sighting confirmed.

9:58 pm. Rockport Mayor CJ Wax: We had mandatory evacuation but estimate 30-40% of residents stayed. One confirmed dead in Aransas County, but multiple injuries. Great help from state and federal government. Electrical utilities providers working hard to restore service. In some areas over one third of the houses and buildings are significantly damaged or destroyed. No power. No water. No sanitary sewer.

9:38 pm West Houston (744,000 people) Tornado Warning:

West Houston

8:31 pm. Bastrop TX Fire Department: Voluntary evacuations for residents on Kahna. River is at 23.7 feet and if it rises near 26.7 feet residents would not have access out of the area.

8:22 pm. When asked about Houston Mayor’s resistance to evacuate his city, Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick: “There are no Republicans and Democrats right now… There’s everybody helping everybody.”

8:21 pm. All Houston area Whataburgers are closed due to the flooding.

8:20 pm.  Houston Mayor Turner resisted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s urging of a massive evacuation of the 4th largest city in the United States last week. This could be one of the first bits of political news regarding Hurricane Harvey.

8:18: National Weather Service Houston:

8: 16 pm. Houston Police Department: Anyone with a boat who can volunteer to help please call 713-881-3100

8:01 pm. Lady Antebellum‏ cancelled their concert in Houston tonight, but indicated proceeds from the sales of their merchandise last night in Dallas will go toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Houston Police Department: Please use 911 for life-threatening emergencies, and 311 or the HPD non-emergency number 713-884-3131 as appropriate.

Houston Police Department.

 

8:03 pm. Capano Bay, north of Rockport-Fulton, Texas (photo below). Mayor of Rockport told citizens if you are going to stay you might as well use a Sharpie and right your name and social security number on your arm, so that when we recover your body we will know who  you are.

7:42 Christi Craddck, Texas Railroad Commission tells Fox News closing of some of the refineries will initially impact gas availability. “We are still going to have rain and flood issues for several more days…We are appreciative of the President (Trump) coming (Tuesday)…Today we have 10 refineries closed which represents 30 percent of the nation’s productivity.”

7:37 pm. H-E-B Emergency Response Team update…click here.

7:30 pm.  Houston Police have rescued over 1100 people so far.

American Red Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:44 pm.  Tornado Warning just now:

6:34 pm. Harris County (Houston) under a Tornado Warning alert.

Over 9 Trillion gallons in 72 hours.

 

 

6:25 pm. New flash blood warning:

Flash flood warning.

6:22 pm. New tornado warning:

New tornado warning.

 

6:20 pm. Over 9 TRILLION gallons have fallen on Texas since Friday.

 

6:16 pm. Dallas will provide shelter for up to 5,000 Gulf Coast residents in a “mega shelter” at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Office of Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz said the city hopes to have the center ready to take in evacuees by Tuesday morning. The shelter will be in the center’s parking garage and will not affect scheduled events.

The city already has opened three shelters. One of them, the shelter at Walnut Hill Recreation Center is at full capacity with 290 guests. Tommie Allen Recreation Center’s shelter has 123 guests. Shelter #3 opened Sunday at Samuel Grand Recreation Center.

6:14  HEB mobile kitchens are available to Victoria area residents offering free hot meals and nutrition. “Our mobile kitchens are open at Victoria 2 (1505 East Rio Grande) & serving our community!”

 

Fox News (6:08 screen shot)

6:08 Captain Tony Hahn, Incident Commander for Coast Guard reports 250 air rescues and over 500 boat rescues to far by Coast Guard.

6 pm. Governor Greg Abbott today requested from Secretary of Defense General James Mattis that a Texas National Guard Dual Status Command (DSC) be established allowing for a single commander for both federal and state forces to oversee response to the devastation statewide of Hurricane Harvey.

“It is imperative that we give our military and first responders on the ground the most efficient method of execution when responding to the urgent needs of Texans,” said Governor Abbot. “The Dual Status Command will ensure that the Texas National Guard is overseeing all response efforts in a way that most closely coordinates with federal troops and military efforts to ensure the needs of the victims of Hurricane Harvey are being met as swiftly and effectively as possible. I thank Secretary Mattis for his cooperation and immediate response to our request and continue to assure the people of this state that Texas is doing everything possible to aid in your time of need.”

5:50  Gov. Abbott added these additional Texas counties to the official disaster list because of Hurricane Harvey: Bastrop, Burleson, San Jacinto and Polk. The total number of counties is now 54.

5:44 pm CST—Tropical Storm Harvey, which is approximately 20 miles north of Victoria, TX, is nearly stationary and is causing heavy flooding across southeastern Texas. The storm is exhibiting maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The storm is moving southeast at two miles per hour and is expected to move off the coast and meander Monday night.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott posted this photo thanking our Texas National Guard. (Twitter)

One person has been confirmed dead in the city of Rockport and two other have drowned in Houston Floods. At least 14 additional victims have sustained injuries, ten of them in Rockport due to multiple structural collapses; major structural damage was reported at a senior housing complex, a high school, a courthouse, and various residences in the area.

Ben Taub Hospital has been evacuated due to water threatening the electrical system. Additionally, as many as 40 people remain missing in Aransas County. Cleanup and search-and-rescue operations have reportedly begun in many areas of Texas. The storm is expected to drop another 15 to 25 inches of rain across southeast Texas through Thursday, August 31st. Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are in effect for numerous counties. Evacuations have been issued along the Brazos, Colorado, and San Bernard Rivers due to high water, and residents in Houston and Pasadena have been urged to shelter in place due to flooding.

METRO Houston has suspended all bus and rail operations until further notice due to the flooding. Numerous roads have been closed due to high water. Harvey also produced at least ten confirmed tornadoes in multiple locations across Texas on Saturday, August 26th, which caused some structural damage but no injuries. Multiple ports along the coast of Texas have remain closed, as well as Corpus Christi International Airport. George Bush International Airport and William P Hobby Airport in Houston have both suspended operations to emergency personnel only.

In addition, more than 578,000 people are without power throughout the state. Dangerous storm surges as high as 6-12 feet are expected from Padre Island to Sargent. Storm surges between 1-8 feet are also expected from Sargent to Morgan City. Catastrophic, life-threatening flooding may occur throughout the region. Tropical storm conditions are expected to persist through at least Sunday throughout the region.

 

From Attorney General Ken Paxton:

Price gouging is illegal, and the Office of the Attorney General has authority to prosecute any business that engages in price gouging after a disaster has been declared by the governor. The attorney general has issued stern warnings about price gouging to businesses in times of disaster, but you should still be on your guard.

§17.46(b) of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act provides that it is a false, misleading or deceptive act or practice to take advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, by:

  1. Selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price; or
  2. Demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine or another necessity.

Sustained high gasoline prices have prompted price gouging complaints. A number of factors contribute to the current high cost of gasoline. The cost of crude oil is the primary one. The price at the pump also includes how much it costs to deliver the oil the refineries, the refining cost, distribution cost, taxes, and the retail station’s operating cost. When storms like Hurricane Katrina and Rita damage the Gulf Coast’s refining capacity, prices can rise even higher.

In most cases the current price at the pump is not due to price gouging. However we are prepared to act quickly if gas prices in a Governor declared disaster area spike beyond what the normal market forces set.

If you feel that you are being unfairly charged for goods or services such as drinking water, food, batteries, generators gasoline or towing, raise the issue of price gouging with the provider. Speak to them respectfully but be frank. If you are unable to resolve the matter, file a complaint with our office.

 

Disaster Scams:

A natural disaster leaves more than uprooted lives in its wake. It also pulls in an army of price gougers, fly-by-night door-to-door contractors, and bogus charities.

If you are the victim of a Home Repair Scam or Price Gouging, call the Office of the Attorney General Toll-Free at 1-800-252-8011

Price Gouging

Some businesses raise their prices excessively on essential goods and services like drinking water, ice, groceries, fuel, towing, and car and home repairs. Charging excessive prices for necessities in an officially recognized disaster area can constitute price gouging.

Under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, price gouging is illegal, and the Office of the Attorney General has authority to prosecute any business that engages in price gouging after a disaster has been declared by the governor. The attorney general has issued stern warnings about price gouging to businesses in times of disaster, but you should still be on your guard.

If you feel that you are being unfairly charged for goods or services such as drinking water, food, towing, or any other necessity, raise the issue of price gouging with the provider. Speak to them respectfully but be frank. If you are unable to resolve the matter, file a complaint with our office.

 

Door-to-Door Repair

After natural disasters, door-to-door salespeople flock to some neighborhoods offering clean up and repair services. While many of these people are honest and reputable, some are not.

Protect yourself and your wallet from unscrupulous operators. If you are insured, call your insurance adjuster and have them make an estimate of the damage and probable repair cost. This will give you a benchmark estimate, prepared by a professional, when you negotiate with contractors.

If someone does come to your door and offers to do repairs, we suggest that you do the following:

  • Get more than one estimate. Don’t be pushed into signing a contract right away. Take your time.
  • Check the contractor out with the Better Business Bureau. Ask if there are any complaints about the company.
  • Get references from past customers and check them.
  • Get the salesperson’s license plate number.
  • Avoid out-of-town businesses. If the repair job turns out to be substandard, this can make correcting the problem or getting your money back more difficult.
  • Get everything in writing and keep a copy of all documents. The total cost, work to be done, schedule, payment terms, and other expectations should be written in specific detail. A notice of cancellation – giving you the right to change your mind within three business days – must be included if the transaction occurs at your home.
  • Do not sign a contract with blanks. Unscrupulous salespeople could enter unacceptable terms later.
  • Ask for proof of insurance. Make sure that the contractor has disability and workers’ compensation insurance. If the contractor is not insured, you could be liable for accidents on your property.
  • Never get too far ahead on the payments. Arrange for an independent agent (insurance adjuster or real estate inspector) to inspect the completed work before you make full payment. If you pay too much up front, the contractor has little incentive to return and finish the job.
  • Find out in writing if the contractor or business will place a lien, security interest or mortgage on your property.
  • Ask for guarantees in writing. If the contractor provides guarantees, they should be written into the contract, clearly stating what is guaranteed, who is responsible for the guarantee (the dealer, the contractor, or the manufacturer), and how long the guarantee is valid.
  • Don’t sign completion papers or make final payment until the work is completed to your satisfaction. A reputable contractor will not threaten you or pressure you to sign if the job is not finished properly.

In summary, be cautious and take your time.

Be especially suspicious of door-to-door salespeople who make “low-ball” estimates, refuse to leave a contract overnight so you have time to review it, or try to sell their services to you by playing on your emotions.

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Coastal Bend Oil and Gas Operations

The City of Corpus Christi has suspended all non-essential services. Shell, Exxon, Noble Corp, and Anadarko have all halted or reduced oil and gas output at least 112 production platforms and 4 rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the Flint Hills Resources oil refinery and the Citgo oil refinery, both located in Corpus Christi, have suspended operations. Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, and Kansas City Southern have all suspended freight rail services along the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Harvey. BNSF has suspended service to and from Galveston, TX but plans on continuing at least some intermodal services over the weekend in the Houston area as conditions permit. KC Southern has suspended service from Kendleton, TX to Laredo, TX and anticipates delays of up to 72 hours. Government reports indicate that 21 percent of crude oil production and 23 percent of gas production in offshore Gulf of Mexico has been shut down.

 

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