Hurricane Harvey: Two years later
VICTORIA, Texas — So many families were displaced by what is now considered the costliest hurricane in Texas. But, some families are finally starting to go back to normal before Harvey marked their lives forever.
“We were scared, I was very scared. We didn’t think it would ever get that bad,” expresses Andrea Clay.
Both Andrea Clay and her husband George Clay recall the night, 2 years ago, when they stayed in their home of 19 years to bear the storm, a storm that soon became a never-ending nightmare.
“It was one of those things that I wish we hadn’t [done], because the walls in our old house began to go in and out.” explains Mr. Clay.
Their house, highly damaged, was not just a house, says Mrs. Clay. She adds, “our daughter basically grew up in that home there was even little markers on the wall where we had her height..”
Fast forward to this day, with the help of the Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group, they sit in their brand new, fully reconstructed home.
“There’s always a light in the darkness, just gotta wait for it to shine through, and for me, this is the light that came out of this darkness.” says Mr. Clay.
Federally, Hurricane Harvey is the costliest hurricane in Texas history. Emergency Management Coordinator Rick McBrayer says, “I had about 17 projects the largest being debris management and that came in a little over 3 million dollars. What is unique about debris management that 9% of the 3 million was paid by the federal government.”
Slowly federal grants have been dispersed to counties to help families like the Clay’s. Project after project Victoria is hoping to check off every task.
“Once we get all the projects complete done we’ll have a final close out with FEMA… to make sure all our checks and balances were there.” adds McBrayer.
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