VA officials may bring Houston-area veterans to Oklahoma after Hurricane Harvey

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed as Hurricane Harvey moved through the Gulf of Mexico, and now some Texas residents may seek refuge in Oklahoma.

On Tuesday afternoon, officials with the VA told KFOR that there are preparations to bring a group of veterans from Houston to Oklahoma to avoid the dangerous situation that is unfolding there. However, no VA hospital patients have been transported to Oklahoma City from Texas yet.

Harvey, a tropical storm by Tuesday morning with its eye hovering over the Gulf of Mexico, could still dump up to 15 inches of rain on portions of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, including the saturated Houston area, where thousands have been rescued and many more people still wait for help.

Swollen rivers in east Texas aren’t expected to crest until later this week, and federal officials are already predicting the deadly storm will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 people to seek some sort of disaster assistance.

The First United Methodist Church OKC has been asked by the Red Cross to provide accommodations for families if patients are moved to Oklahoma.

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