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Displaced Rockport mother searches for answers for her family after Hurricane Harvey

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A small army of local, state and federal workers is fighting to help victims of Hurricane Harvey rebuild their lives. But we found one Rockport woman who has been fighting a solitary battle, for her family's future.

Leslie Bradley's life, post-Hurricane Harvey is difficult. She is a mother of three children, who are staying at a motel room for two adults and is forced to use a car trunk as a closet for the past two and a half weeks.

She did have a home and a full-time job in Rockport. But since Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category Four Hurricane, both her family's home and place of employment are now gone.

After the historic storm hit, the young mother applied for housing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, while she was waiting out the storm in Gatesville, Texas.

The agency asked her to meet them back in Rockport, and then according to Bradley, unforeseen circumstances caused her to miss the meeting.

"My car broke down the night we were supposed to leave," Bradley says.

The situation forced her to miss the meeting with FEMA officials.

"And we were still waiting to hear from them," Bradley added.

A couple of days went by and Friday, Bradley was back to her former place of employment, picking up the pieces. Why?

Bradley wasn't there helping clean up because she knows she is going to get her old job back. Her old job position is gone. She's just looking to get enough money for one night in that motel room.

Representatives with FEMA showed up to help Bradley with her claim. But spokesman Paul Corah tells us he can't discuss her case specifically, and though he's not sure what happened in Bradley's case, Corah did say that human error causes many times delays.

"In most people's applications if they have to wait, in most cases there's something missing. Is their social security that's wrong? Is it how do we contact this person? Do they have a phone number? Where do they live?," Corah explained.

As for the moment, Bradley and her children are homeless.

As for where Bradley will go with her family Friday night, she didn't have an answer.  She says it's something she will have to face, night after night. 

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