Hurricane Recovery in Texas

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the U.S. on August 25, 2017. That probably seems like ancient history to many Americans who live outside the area. The storm has certainly dropped out of the national media. It’s not easy to find information about how storm recovery is proceeding. But here’s where I could find. Let’s start by recalling the storm’s impact. Before it was over, Harvey had caused at least 68 deaths and $152 billion dollars in damage in the United States. Some parts of Houston received over 50 inches of rain, more than its average yearly rainfall, in a few short days. The hurricane caused major damage or destruction to 40,000 homes. Much of the area flooded was outside even the 500-year floodplain. As of mid-January, there were 47,000 flood insurance claims, and almost $3 billion had been paid out. The number may have doubled by now. Recovery seems to be slowest in smaller coastal towns that were hit the most heavily and people feel as if…

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