Hurricane Harvey: Living in the Aftermath

Hurricane Harvey: Living in the Aftermath

By Kathi Bliss



Across Caldwell County, residents are picking up the pieces – as well as the limbs and debris, after Hurricane Harvey plowed ashore last Friday, devastating communities across the Coastal Bend and Southeast Texas.

Though Caldwell County fared better, in the long term, than other communities, the area suffered significant damage. Roads were destroyed, homes flooded and battered by the winds, lives forever changed by a three-day tropical storm event that dumped up to 30 inches of rain and saw sustained winds that topped out in excess of 60 mph. At the height of the storm, nearly every rural road in Caldwell County was closed to traffic, more than 140 closings altogether.

“Preliminary surveys show the road network suffered more damage than the Halloween Flood of 2013, Memorial Day Flood of 2015, All Saints Day Flood of 2015 and the June flood of 2016 combined,” Emergency Management Coordinator Martin Ritchey told the Caldwell County Commissioners on Monday. “Even during the height of our emergency response to Hurricane Harvey we had begun planning for the ‘post Harvey Caldwell County.’ Words are hard to come by to describe the damage to critical county infrastructure.”

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