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The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Jay Smith, Editor

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From August 25 to September 2, Southeastern Texas and Louisiana were devastated by one of the most deadliest hurricane to hit the United States since 2005. While the winds itself were already destructive enough, the majority of the damage came from the flooding, which came from the 40-52 inches of rainfall. As of September 6, around 70 people were dead and many more are either injured, homeless, or both. After this devastation, the citizens of Houston are joining together to fix their city with the aid of presidents and a strong community.

After a few days of constant raining and winds, Houston is on a path of recovery. Public transportations, universities, and other major institutions or transits are starting to reopen their services. Even their football games are resuming with their opening game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Volunteers also played a major role in reconstructing the affected area. They gathered over $31 million dollars to help shelter many of the homeless people. However, due to the immense damage, many of the people are now debating on what to do from now on.

With a major devastation like this, it’s only natural that people argue over what to do. Politics are also being inevitably involved. While there were rough patches here and there, the American people are slowly being more united as they rebuild the area. Mexico sent some volunteers to help out the American people around the affected area, but made the statement that they will not support the current president Donald Trump and his plan to build a wall.

This statement caused some controversy among the people, but words and political statements didn’t change the people’s openness to help. “I think actions are better than words,” said Cole Davis (11). With people joining together to help, the United States is starting to head towards to a more united society.

Despite all of this attention and recovery efforts, the affected areas are still in shambles and in need of help. Houses are damaged, electricity has been off, and many people are homeless because of the flooding. With hurricanes like Katrina, you can still see its effects as you drive past New Orleans and the surrounding area.

Even our Lenoir City students are personally affected by the hurricane. “Hurricane Harvey destroyed some of my family’s house so I personally believe Harvey’s effects are drastic”, Andrew Brewer (12) says commenting on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Hopefully, the affected areas can quickly recover and prosper even further.

 

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