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Port Aransas asks for help from state after Harvey

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It's been 11 weeks since hurricane Harvey hit the Coastal Bend. In areas like Port Aransas, you can still see its aftermath with piles of debris and trash lining the streets. But volunteer groups and work crews that were helping in the month following the storm, are no longer there.

Since then, Mayor Charles Bujan has asked the state for more help. Yesterday, he voiced his concerns about assistance at a legislative meeting.

Cyndi Christenson lives in Port Aransas and agrees that the town still needs more helping hands.

"I agree with him wholeheartedly," Christenson said. "What we have been lacking is any help from the federal government or the state government."

Mayor Bujan's efforts may have paid off. Today he announced on social media that the state would pay for 10% of debris removal. For a town that witnessed a category five hurricane just over two months ago, a little help can go a long way.

"It's almost like we were the first hit, and the first forgotten," Christenson said. "If we didn't have ourselves to rely on, we would still be like it was on August the 26th."

People in Port Aransas have since been hard at work removing storm debris and fixing their home. But many feel like the process could go smoother with a little more help.

"If we don't get help to rebuild our businesses, and to rebuild our families, we just will cease to exist," Christenson said.

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