George H.W. Bush: 'We are praying for all our fellow Houstonians' after Harvey

George H.W. Bush: 'We are praying for all our fellow Houstonians' after Harvey

Former President George H.W. Bush and the former first lady offered their prayers Monday for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In a statement released Monday, the former president said he and his wife, Barbara Bush, are currently in Maine, but their "hearts are in Houston," where they live.

"We are praying for all our fellow Houstonians and Texans affected by Harvey, and truly inspired by the flotilla of volunteers — Points of Lights all — who are answering the call to help their neighbors," the former president said in the statement, using a phrase he popularized during his presidential run. 

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"We salute them, the first responders, and the local elected officials for their grit and determination in the face of this extraordinary storm."

In the statement, the former president expressed confidence that Texas would "come together and rebuild."

The storm — which made landfall Friday as a Category 4 hurricane — has since been downgraded but continues to bring rain and flooding to the region.

At least five people have died, and Houston and other parts of Texas have been devastated by the storm.

President Trump is expected to visit Texas on Tuesday along with first lady Melania Trump.

On Monday, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke warned that "we are not out of the woods yet."

"Harvey is still a dangerous and historic storm," Duke said.