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Aransas County seeks feedback on its Hurricane Harvey Long Term Recovery Plan

Aransas County leaders opened a public comment period this week to obtain feedback on their Hurricane Harvey Long Term Recovery Plan.

Two months after the deadly and devastating storm made landfall in the Rockport/Fulton area, county leaders formed the Long Term Recovery Team. In August, a year after Harvey’s landfall, that team posted its plan online. An organization called Texas Sea Grant contributed mightily to the writing and research duties.

“The long term recovery document, it’s a guide to help the community focus on what is important to them as they recover,” Ashley Bennis of Texas Sea Grant said.

Bennis says her organization joined the recovery planning efforts in Aransas County in January. Since then she interviewed storm victims and collected data before shifting her work to writing the actual plan. Now, she’s anxious to hear what the public thinks about it.

“We would love to know that the projects we thought of and everything we’ve identified, if they agree with us, and if they have any more thoughts of what else we’ve missed, because there’s always stuff you miss,” Bennis said.

You can read the full 143 page Aransas County Long Term Recovery Plan on the city of Rockport’s website, www.cityofrockport.com. If you’d like to leave comments for the recovery team, email team member William Whitson at wwhitson@aransascounty.org. The public comment period ends at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Seth Kovar

Seth Kovar

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