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New Flooding in Parts of South Texas Still Recovering From Harvey

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Areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey last year are now under flood waters as heavy rains along the Texas coast have battered parts of South Texas. A representative of the National Weather Service told local media that since Tuesday, rain in amounts of 5 to 10 inches was extensive along the Texas coastline, with some isolated areas receiving close to 15 inches. Port Aransas, which was one of the hardest-hit when Harvey made landfall less than a year ago, is among those cities that have been flooded.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs stated “just about every street in town was flooded at some point” by the morning of Wednesday, June 20. Although he reported that there had been instances of water getting into some homes, thankfully no “major incidents” had occurred. Burroughs noted that Port Aransas is still in the “beginning stages” of its recovery following Harvey.

Parts of South Texas Still Recovering From Harvey Get Flooded in Slow-Moving Storm

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“Hopefully none of the progress that has occurred already was re-damaged,” Burroughs noted, adding, “This was kind of a walk in the park compared to Harvey.” This weather has also resulted in flooding in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area this week, with the National Weather Service stating that one airport situated between the two cities reported 11 inches of rain since Sunday, June 17.