Port Aransas Residents Return to See Homes Destroyed by Harvey
PORT ARANSAS – Monday was the day many Port Aransas residents saw destruction for the first time.
The line of cars stretched for miles as families waited to see what was left after Hurricane Harvey made its way through their homes.
“I’m happy for everybody that got out, but sad for the community,” said one driver.
Boats were seen scattered in streets and front yards. The family we spoke and came into town with lost their roofs; others were not so lucky.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS witnessed when Port Aransas resident Tressy Merrill sifted through debris to help find memories for neighbors.
“I don’t know, I didn’t expect it to be this bad. I knew it was going to be bad, but just seeing it... The pictures are one thing, but live… It’s worse than I thought,” Merrill said.
Merrill stood in what looked like a warzone. Books, clothing, ports, everyday items were scattered across the RV park’s ground.
“OK, yes. I seen that with a car inside of it. I think that may be my trailer,” she said.
Merrill was sifting through rubble to recover mementos for her neighbors who couldn’t make it back yet.
The smell of raw sewage permeated the air as she walked through the park. She rummaged for hours without skipping a beat until she couldn’t find one of her neighbors’ RV trailer.
“I don’t see yours anywhere Bill, I’m sorry. Bye, I miss ya’ll. I love you. This is so sad. I’m so sorry guys,” she told her neighbor.
It’s a sense of the shredded but resilient spirit which remains in Port Aransas.
“I mean Harvey took so much from so many people here in Port Aransas, but I know we will rebuild,” she said.
Officials said curfew remains. People must check-in and check-out with police by 7 p.m.
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