Many residents have been relying on mobile phones and social media to keep in touch with loved ones and to coordinate rescues during the massive storm that made landfall this weekend. The company also said it is providing supplies, such as Aquafina bottled water, to communities affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.
"We are striving for a new normal here", Long said at a news conference Monday, warning that day-to-day routines would be disrupted for weeks.
Harvey was the fiercest hurricane to hit the USA in 13 years and the strongest to strike Texas since 1961's Hurricane Carla, the most powerful Texas hurricane on record.
The president will later go to the Texas capital, Austin, to meet state officials, receive briefings and tour the emergency operation center, the White House said.
Long said 50 counties in Texas are affected by the flooding and that a tremendous amount of rainfall is in the cards for southwest Louisiana. "We are bringing in additional vehicles to the area to support our customers, insurance partners, FEMA and other aid and first responder organizations to help them assist those impacted by the storm". About 2,000 people were retrieved from flooded homes and cars. Texas is stepping up rescue efforts, with Governor Greg Abbott activating the entire state National Guard.
The slow-moving storm is set to dump a large volume of water on Louisiana as it moves out of Texas.
But that doesn't mean South Texas residents are in the clear. About 430,000 barrels per day of oil production in the region has now been stopped, with fuel prices expected to increase across the country in the coming days and weeks.
"The idea is to prepare... pack up what you need and put it in your vehicle and when the sun comes up, get out", said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District.