Many residents of Texas and Louisiana now face the challenge of recovering from the enormous damage left by Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane was the strongest to hit the U.S. in 13 years when it plowed into the coast of Southeastern Texas on August 25. The storm then moved northeast over Louisiana and up toward Tennessee and Kentucky, causing widespread flooding and destruction across the Southeastern U.S. More than 60 people died during the storm.
Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., was one of the places hit hardest by the flooding. About 30,000 people were forced to flee their homes and move into shelters, which provided places to sleep and stay safe and dry. Many of them are just now returning to their homes to assess the damage.
However, many roads, homes, and businesses are still flooded and badly damaged. Thousands of homes have been completely destroyed, leaving many people without permanent housing. Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the storm has caused “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced.” He says the recovery could take years and cost up to $180 billion.