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Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey surround homes in Port Arthur, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Gerald Herbert / AP)

What began as a Category 4 Hurricane has now weakened to a tropical depression, and the region that was pounded with heavy rain for six straight days is finally beginning to survey the damage that some experts say will cost more than Katrina and Sandy combined to repair.

The remnants of the hurricane, which has killed at least 38 people, began traveling up the Mississippi Delta this morning. Although it appears the worst is over for Texas, many areas remain underwater and tens of thousands of people are still seeking refuge in overflowing shelters.

More on Harvey:

  • Two explosions were reported at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, this morning, about 25 miles northeast of Houston. The explosion sent at least 15 officers to the hospital, and residents within a 1.5-mile radius were asked to evacuate. The owner of the plant later said he "fully expects" more chemical fires to occur.
  • Officials in Beaumont, Texas issued a statement Thursday saying that the city had lost its main and secondary water supply as a result of the extreme flooding. Baptist Beaumont Hospital was forced to evacuate due to the lack of water.
  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that the president and first lady will travel to Texas and Louisiana Saturday, and will likely visit the Houston area and Lake Charles.
  • FEMA reported that 95,745 people in Texas have applied for emergency assistance, which includes financial help with repairs and lost property. So far FEMA has disbursed about $57 million to citizens in Texas.
  • Acting DHS Secretary Tom Bossert estimates that 100k houses have been affected by Harvey.
  • Sanders said Thursday that Trump will pledge $1 million of "personal money" to Hurricane Harvey relief.

National rescue operations:

  • The U.S. has deployed more than 6,000 active-duty troops to respond to Harvey, and an additional 1,100 are prepared to join them, according to the defense department.
  • The Coast Guard has sent 42 helicopters and seven fixed-wing aircrafts.
  • The Texas National Guard and other supporting National Guards have sent 39 helicopters.
  • The Marine Corps has two reserve battalions in place.
  • Two US Navy warships — the USS Oak Hill and the USS Kearsarge — are set to sail to the region later today to provide additional assistance.

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."