When Hurricane Harvey made landfall, it flattened places like Rockport and Portland. But the massive damage in Houston and the Golden Triangle area came from flooding that occurred after Harvey had been downgraded from a hurricane-force storm.
Texas Standard’s Michael Marks has been traveling across Harvey-hit parts of southeast Texas, He says the amount of damage still visible depends on where you are.
“If you got dropped in there and someone told you a hurricane came through here not a week ago, you wouldn’t believe it,” Marks says. “But…further down the road, it’s complete devastation – folks mucking out their houses, pulling all of the things they own and putting them onto the front lawn.”
Marks says that in Beaumont, where water service was cut off during the flooding, residents now have running water, but a boil notice remains in effect. He says water infrastructure in the city was heavily damaged by the storm, and some pumping stations could be out of commission for some time.
Written by Shelly Brisbin.