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A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Poorest Neighborhoods Are Slowest to Recover

An hour outside Houston, how can ‘the forgotten city’ recover from Harvey? [Opinion]

If we judge the well-being of a community by the resilience of its most vulnerable members, then some some towns hit by Hurricane Harvey are wounded prey for the next disaster.

Just ask residents of Wharton’s West End, a neighborhood of approximately 460 homes that has flooded five times since 1991. Most recently, two times in April and May of 2016 and then 18 months later, most devastatingly, with Hurricane Harvey…

 

A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Poorest Neighborhoods Are Slowest to Recover

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Hurricane Harvey ruined the little house on Lufkin Street. And ruined it remains, one year later.

Vertical wooden beams for walls. Hard concrete for floors. Lawn mowers where furniture used to be. Holes where the ceiling used to be. Light from a lamp on a stool, and a barricaded window to keep out thieves. Even the twig-and-string angel decoration on the front door — “Home is where you rest your wings” — was askew.

Monika Houston walked around her family’s home and said nothing for a long time. Tears streamed down her cheeks. She and her relatives have been unable, in the wake of the powerful storm that drenched Texas last…

 

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