Hurricane Harvey changed the landscape of many Gulf Coast communities, possibly forever. 66 people lost their lives, and the total damage estimate tops $125 billion. After Hurricane Katrina, it is the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. At the storm’s peak, a third of Houston was underwater and39,000 people were forced from their homes into shelters. And though in many ways recovery has been remarkable, the pain and the scars still show. Texas Standard presents a special broadcast, looking back at how the Gulf Coast experienced and responded to the storm. During the next few weeks, we’re also focusing on where we are today. How have the communities that were hardest hit rebuilt, and what have we learned that could help us weather the next major storm?
Some who experienced Harvey feared for their lives, while others tried to rescue livestock and help other survivors navigate a chaotic situation.
“Only about 42 percent of cases that are investigated actually award out the wages that are claimed to have been not paid,”
“You know we have a very affluent community in some areas, …and then we have the ‘have nots,’ the service workers that live in our community that are struggling.”
The manager of the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge says the “captive breeding program has essentially saved this species.”
The beach towns of Port Aransas and Aransas Pass are welcoming tourists again, but residents, businesspeople and infrastructure are still feeling the effects of the storm.
Thistles and other vegetation the storm blew onto coastal ranch lands are choking out the grass livestock need to survive.
Some students aren’t attending the same schools they did last year, and those who are may have vivid memories of where they were at this time last year.
What The Storm Wrought
During that final week of August 2017, as rain continued to fall, and rescue efforts ramped up, Texans began taking stock of the storm that devastated the Gulf Coast. Texas Standard Host David Brown, and reporters from around the region told the stories of loss, uncertainty and rescue.
August 30, 2017 (broadcasting from Corpus Christi)
August 31, 2017 (broadcasting from Galveston)
September 1, 2017 (broadcasting from Beaumont)
More Hurricane Harvey Coverage
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