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Aransas Pass apartment complex reopens after Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 18:53:02-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It’s been a slow come back for many since Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 winds and heavy rains pounded Aransas Pass, while damaging 90 percent of its buildings.

Almost three years after Hurricane Harvey, there are people who still haven’t moved back to Aransas Pass, mainly because of the lack of housing.

Many of the apartment complexes in Aransas Pass were left unlivable after Harvey made landfall in nearby Rockport.

“It was heartbreaking to see part of the roofs all over the place. Some of the windows were broken. There was water damage to the units. I was able to walk some of the units, and there was water damage, mold growing overnight. I came on Saturday morning, and by Monday morning, the units were full of mold,” said Apartment Manager Nora Garcia.

Hurricane Harvey flooding in Aransas Pass left countless properties water-damaged and forced people to evacuate their homes. After more than two and a half years, the St. Laurent apartment complex has reopened its doors to a community that felt like a ghost town at one time.

“It was, for awhile it was, now we are getting families to come in. I have had families apply that I have never seen before; they are new to the community, and they are looking for a home,” said Garcia.

Apartment Manager Nora Garcia said they still have a ways to go, but they are moving in the right direction when it comes to building up their community and their schools.

Hurricane Harvey caused about $125 billion in damage. Harvey ranks as the second-most costly hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since 1900.