Editorial: After effects of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey will continue to wreck damage for a long time.

It has been described as the worst natural disaster in American history.

More than a million homes were flooded in South Texas and Louisiana. Tens of thousands of residents were relocated. Lives were lost.

Early estimates of the damage went way over $40 billion.

As a result of the storm and subsequent flooding, a major oil refiner that produces almost 20 percent of the gasoline in the United States had to shut down. Gas prices soared and it is unclear they might return to normal.

Because of the spike in fuel prices, the cost for transporting goods will go up and that could affect many Americans.

At least 250,000 families are expected to ask for federal help to restore and rebuild their flooded homes. Many did not have flood insurance because it seemed incredible that their houses would ever flood. But they did.

And insurance companies will suffer great losses as they respond to policyholders in the affected areas. That will eventually be a cost that is spread all over the nation in higher premiums.

Even when the floodwaters recede, more rains will follow eventually. That will make it harder to fix houses and businesses and removal of mold could be a serious issue.

The people of Louisiana and Texas are hard working, independent and resilient. They will struggle but eventually overcome. President Trump has pledged to do everything possible to insure a full recovery.

This was an extraordinary event. It is heart warming to see Americans join together to help their fellow citizens.

But the work has just begun.