The Wings Rescue Hotline phone rang...
Act I Boy meets girl then disaster A young blonde woman from England, named Suzy, was a front desk manager at the Tres Rios Resort in Glen Rose, Texas. Russ Walker was providing internet technology services and Tres Rios was one of the companies he serviced. She kept breaking the internet, computers and phones and things so Russ had to visit the resort and repair them.
The rocking chairs on the front porch of the Aransas County History Center bring to mind prior days when people strolled along the sidewalks while greeting neighbors on pleasant evenings. This is the kind of friendly welcome visitors can expect as they enter the front door of the frame house which withstood Harvey and other hurricanes including the one in 1919. Used as a temporary courtroom following the destruction of the Aransas County Courthouse on August 25, 2017, the History Center reopened on February 24, 2018, with a special Living History Exhibit, “Aransas County Strong: From Debris to Creativity & Hope”.
August 24, 4:34 p.m.(daughter) "What have you decided to do? It’s headed right for you!" 6:12 p.m. (mom) "I’ve been packing. We are going to ride it out in Gary’s house in Ingleside on the Bay." 6:14 p.m. (daughter) "K, let us know when you are there." August 25, 12:36 p.m. (mom) "We are in IOB. First rain bands have reached us."
As the Winter Texans pulled their rigs through the front gate of the Palms RV Park, there were sighs of relief. There were no piles of debris, no overturned trailers or fifth=wheels and the palm trees stood straight and tall. Their winter home looked the same as it did when they left in the spring.
Three months ago, residents of My Coastal World ventured out to see the destruction left behind by Hurricane Harvey. Today they spent the last day of a Thanksgiving weekend under sunny skies with a mild breeze. Some were fishing. Some were shopping. Some were saying goodbye to family and friends. Many had much to be thankful for while some continue to make hard decisions.
Hurricane Harvey brought tremendous winds, rain and storm surge which destroyed infrastructure, homes and businesses, both large and small. Life as we knew it in My Coastal World changed overnight. As residents were still reeling from the shock of the devastation around them, they were also amazed as assistance and relief from throughout the State of Texas and beyond began arriving.
The devastation by Hurricane Harvey touched all My Coastal World, the North Bay area, even if unequally. Portland and Gregory, at the southern end, received less wind and storm surge than the communities slightly to their north. Rockport and Fulton experienced the eye wall of Harvey with Category 4 winds on August 25.
At the corner of Live Oak and Laurel in Rockport is an unassuming, wood sided house with large red, white and blue wreaths along the side facing Live Oak. The center of the wreaths identifies this as the Veterans’ Outreach Center
A new retail store in Aransas Pass has brought another alternative to the area