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People living in tents after Harvey brace for freezing temperatures

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Some displaced storm victims and volunteers helping them are still living in tents and prepare for temperatures to drop. Some displaced storm victims and volunteers helping them are still living in tents and prepare for temperatures to drop.
People living in tents use heaters and many blankets to stay warm. People living in tents use heaters and many blankets to stay warm.
At Rockport Relief Camp displaced storm victims have moved out of tents and into RVs, but many other people displaced by Harvey remain in tents around the Coastal Bend. At Rockport Relief Camp displaced storm victims have moved out of tents and into RVs, but many other people displaced by Harvey remain in tents around the Coastal Bend.
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Hurricane Harvey displaced many Coastal Bend residents, and a blast of Arctic cold is now causing even more misery for those storm victims.

Temperatures are dipping and will reach freezing tonight, and some displaced storm victims, and the volunteers helping them, will have nothing but fabric to protect them from the elements. They will endure the cold in tents.

A small heater is a saving grace for two volunteers at Rockport Relief Camp, where people displaced by Hurricane Harvey are staying. 

"It's quite a bit warmer in here," Victor Todd, one volunteer standing by the heater, said. 

However the volunteers, who traveled in from out of state to help storm victims, cannot always sit by the fire.

"It's pretty cold, it's pretty cold!" Todd said. 

They will endure tonight's freezing temperatures in tents. 

"You better hope you've got a bunch of blankets!" Todd said. 

They are not the only ones protected from the elements by mere fabric. They say displaced storm victims are living in tents all around Rockport and Fulton.

That living situation causes health concerns. 

"I had a friend of mine have to go for pneumonia, and just getting sick, because it is cold out here," volunteer Chris Thomas said. 

There is some good news. Four months after Hurricane Harvey, most of the people still displaced at Rockport Relief Camp have moved out of tents and into RVs. 

We have made it to where everybody has a heater," Christy Combs, who was displaced by Harvey with her four children, said. 

Yet other displaced storm victims across the Coastal Bend still await a more permanent, and warm, home.

"There are still several people that are out there in tents. If you see a tent in a yard, somebody's living in it," Combs said. "It's heartbreaking. but it's the reality of continuing to go through life after a Category 4 hurricane."

The Long Term Recovery Team in Rockport has gone around Aransas County, trying to make sure storm victims are not staying in tents. They encourage people to find more secure shelter, but some people are living in tents off the beaten path, or choose to stay in tents on private property. 

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