Almost two months after Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, residents still are registering for federal disaster assistance — and they should hurry, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials warn, because there’s an Oct. 24 deadline.

“The road to recovery is going to be long and hard for the state of Texas,” said Pamela Saulsby, a FEMA representative. “The devastation was so widespread.”

From Saturday to Sunday alone, the agency received more than 500 new registrations, bringing the total in Texas to 873,977. On some days last week, new registrations numbered more than 1,000.

Saulsby said housing is FEMA’s top priority, though the agency also is helping with medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by Harvey, which hit the Port Aransas and Rockport area on Aug. 25 and then hovered over Houston and east Texas, dumping record amounts of rainfall. Altogether, FEMA officials have approved more than $1.1 billion to assist people in Texas, Saulsby said.

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