Mayor names ex-head of Shell to lead Har­vey re­cov­ery ef­fort

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HOUS­TON | Hous­ton’s mayor on Thurs­day chose the for­mer head of U.S. op­er­a­tions for one of the world’s largest oil com­pa­nies to lead the city’s Har­vey re­cov­ery ef­fort, hop­ing he’ll help make the city “more re­silient” for when the next big storm hits.

Ex-Shell Oil Co. Pres­i­dent Marvin Odum said he’ll work closely with state and fed­eral of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Texas A&M Univer­sity Chan­cel­lor John Sharp, tapped by the gover­nor to lead the state’s re­cov­ery ef­forts.

Mr. Odum, who over­saw Shell’s re­cov­ery ef­forts af­ter Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, said he’ll work to iden­tify Hous­ton’s spe­cific needs, whether that is re­build­ing hous­ing or in­fra­struc­ture.

“The quicker we get clearer on what ... the real pri­or­i­ties are for the city, then we work back to (state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, the pri­vate sec­tor) to say, ‘Hous­ton knows what it needs, it knows what comes first.’ That’s what max­i­mizes your chances of get­ting those op­por­tu­ni­ties funded,” he said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence.

Har­vey dumped record rain­fall on ar­eas around Hous­ton.

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