The Texas coast took a brutal hit as hurricane Harvey unleashed his wrath. Among the rubble of what used to buildings and homes, there would deaths as well. Street signs and roofing material littered the roads and telephone poles were knocked flat.
People have begun returning to the place they call home and saw the heartbreaking destruction, but they have not lost their hope and have vowed to rebuild.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor at 10 p.m. Friday. Port Aransas and the nearby coastal town of Rockport looked eerily similar Saturday morning after the worst of the storm had cleared and the damage became visible.
It appeared strong wind gusts caused the most destruction.
On Route 35 between Port Aransas and Rockport there were homes and trailers destroyed. Nancy and George Collins stared in disbelief at their home, which had crumbled. They said they have no insurance and no way to rebuild.
Collins said, “We have a camper that survived it. At least we have something to live in. A lot of people don’t,” he continued, “It’s everything we had.”
Local business owner Tom Walker said, “The high winds took the roof right off of it,” talking about his auto parts store. He continued, “We’ll rebuild. It’ll take time, but we’ll get there.”
Walker said that many people did not think the storm was going to be quite so bad. He even stayed in his home for the raging storm, instead of evacuating as suggested. He said that next time, “If another storm comes I’ll get out of town.”