Hurricane Harvey, Six Months Later
On Wednesday, February 28, Sinclair Broadcast Group hosted a town hall discussion on the rebuilding process following Hurricane Harvey. Below is the entire program.
We've been dedicated to following the recovery efforts since Hurricane Harvey barreled through Texas six months ago, leaving death and destruction in its wake. It's the reason we are hosting a Town Hall focused on what’s been done since the ‘Storm of the Century’ hit the Texas Coast and how far we still have to go.
Watch the clip above to learn more about the progress that's been made and go over the challenges many people are still dealing with.
Not only will you hear from people directly affected by Harvey, we'll hear from Governor Greg Abbott and Senator John Cornyn as well as representatives from FEMA. We’ll also talk to mayors of four cities that sustained major damage: Port Arthur, Houston, Rockport and Port Aransas.
At least 68 deaths in Texas are directly attributed to Harvey, which caused $125 billion dollars in damage, making it the costliest storm of 2017. The hurricane damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, schools, businesses and infrastructure.
FEMA has already helped Harvey victims with billions of dollars in relief funds. Here's what it's spent in the five counties most affected so far:
- $4.8 billion in Harris County -- which includes Houston.
- $832.1 million in Galveston County.
- $823.1 million in Jefferson County.
- $645.2 million in Orange County and
- $584.4 million in Fort Bend County.
Again, that's just in five counties. Sixty counties are named in Governor Greg Abbott's disaster declaration.
Three weeks ago, the federal government approved nearly $90 billion dollars in disaster aid, but it's still unclear how much of that will go to Texas. The money will go toward mitigation costs to protect against another major storm.
While mostly counties along the gulf bore the brunt of Harvey's wrath, people from across the state love the Texas Coast. Many have family there, and it's where many families spend their spring breaks and summers.