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Port Aransas Nature Preserve begins Hurricane Harvey clean-up almost one year later

Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 19:57:38-04

Known as a popular place to bird watch or just enjoy the scenery, the Port Aransas Nature Preserve suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Colleen Simpson, Manager of the Nature Preserve said “We have over $3.5 million dollars worth of damage here that includes the break in the bulkhead and rock revetments and all of the board walks we lost. It’s an expensive recovery.”

Port Aransas Nature Preserve
Crews begin Hurricane Harvey clean-up at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve

Almost a year later, the cleanup is just beginning. That hold up? Waiting on funding which comes from FEMA, several grants and donations. Also, getting the proper permits and making sure the Preserve is taken care of.

Although the cleanup and construction will take several months, the Nature Preserve will be better than before for all of its guests equipped with an ADA accessible board walk and more resilient, if another storm were to come.

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