Harvey

From Texas Standard:

As the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey approaches, there are questions about whether the federal and state response to the storm will play a role in the midterm elections. In the first stages of recovery, state leaders and local officials in towns hit hard by the storm expressed anger over what they felt was a delayed response from federal and Texas officials. But as time goes by, and more people have gotten back to a new normal, and it may be that those sentiments are not as strong.

It’s been seven weeks since Harvey hit the Texas coast, and the small inland town of Refugio is still in recovery mode. The process has been slower than residents would like, but spirits are high.

“It’s been rough,” said florist Mary Rushing. “Of course, we closed down for two to three weeks, you know, mold and stinky and stuff like that.”

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

In Port Aransas, schools are out, but not for summer. Port Aransas ISD’s three schools are still closed due to damage from Hurricane Harvey, and students have to attend classes elsewhere. In the third part of our "Rebuilding After Harvey" series, we take a brief look at the Port Aransas school system and what administrators are doing to reopen it.

Carson Frame / TPR News

An Air Force reserve crew flew from JBSA-Lackland to Houston with relief supplies on Wednesday.  It was the first heavy cargo load to be airlifted to the flood-ravaged city.