Texas may need more than $125 billion U.S. aid for Harvey recovery: governor

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) receives a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts with Texas Governor Greg Abbott in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas could need more than $125 billion from the U.S. government as it recovers from Tropical Storm Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday.

In a press conference, the governor said Harvey’s scope exceeded that of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. The U.S. government allocated $125 billion in aid to Katrina relief, and Abbott said he thought Harvey relief should be more given its size.

Reporting by Ernest Scheyder; Editing by David Gregorio