Local officials are breathing a sigh of relief as the most destructive hurricane season on record ends.
Three major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, carved a path of destruction across southeast Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Central Texas Coast as a Category 4 storm late Friday, Aug. 25 and meandered east to Harris County, where it stalled. By then, the storm had downgraded to a tropical storm that brought more than 50 inches of rain, the highest amount in United States history, and catastrophic flooding across the region.
“A trillion gallons of water fell across Harris County over just four days – more than most cities get in a year,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “Clearly, this was the most destructive flood our area has ever experienced.”
The Harris County Office of Emergency Management (HCOEM) reports that Harvey caused 36 deaths and estimates that damages will most likely exceed the $160 billion caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
To date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that $675 million for household assistance has been approved in Harris County.
Hurricane season ended on Nov. 30, but residents are encouraged to stay informed and be prepared for emergencies throughout the year. For more information, visit www.readyharris.org to sign up for emergency alerts or download the ReadyHarris app.
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