Series: Rebuilding After Harvey

Hurricane Harvey left the Texas Gulf Coast in ruins. One month after the storm made landfall, Texas Public Radio is bringing stories on recovery from the coastal city of Port Aransas. The small city has 3,800 residents but more than five million people visit the community and its beaches. The economy is 100 percent dependent on tourism, and it's expected to take years to recover. 

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

It’s June, and that means Hurricane Season is officially upon us. Residents along the Texas coast are keeping an eye on the open waters, preparing for whatever named storms 2018 may bring.


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Tourism is the heart of the Port Aransas economy. But after Hurricane Harvey, the town was essentially shut down right before the usually bustling Labor Day weekend. Since then, business owners have been scrambling to reopen before the season many depend on for their income: summer.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

School’s out in Texas, and it’s hot. That’s got many people heading for their nearest pool, or, if you’re more ambitious, the Gulf.

But one of the state’s most beloved beach getaway destinations, Port Aransas, took almost a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey back in August, and the town’s still bouncing back.

Hurricane Harvey left Port Aransas and its marina in shambles. Some boats capsized. Others crashed into docks. Now, the marina serves as a distribution center for donations of food, clothing, water, even tools. In the fifth part of our "Rebuilding After Harvey" series, we explore how the marina has been transformed into what looks like temporary grocery store.

It’s been just over a month since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast. In the storm’s wake, residents of Port Aransas were down but not defeated. People in the small island city banded together to patch up buildings, remove literally tons of debris and feed each other. Today, as we continue our "Rebuilding After Harvey" series, we visited some of the few places providing free hot meals to residents and relief volunteers.

It’s lunchtime, and a line fifty people deep stretches down the sidewalk in a baseball field near the center of Port Aransas.