Damage 'Devastating' on Corpus Christi Area Beach Towns

Aftermath Hurricane Harvey

Aftermath Hurricane Harvey

The devastation in Houston is overshadowing massive destruction caused by Harvey in the coastal communities around Corpus Christi, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"In a word, the city is hurting very bad," Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax told News Radio 1200 WOAI."

There are trees across streets, telephone poles, power lines down all over the community."

Some residents of Aransas Pass were allowed into the community briefly on Sunday to survey damage, and they found plenty of it.  Most of the buildings in Aransas Pass suffered damage, and many homes and businesses are destroyed.

Damage is also significant in Port Aransas.  Mayor Charles  Bujan says he is trying to work out a system where residents, who have a Port A address on their driver's license, will be allowed to temporarily enter the city to check on their property.  

Port Aransas currently has no public utilities at all, and a timetable for residents to be allowed back in for good has still to be determined.

In Corpus Christi, which skirted the storm, there is scattered major damage.  Several businesses, including H-E-B and Whataburger, are reopening in Corpus Christi today.

TXDOT says the ferry will resume limited operations tomorrow.About 220,000 American Electric Power customers remain without power in the Corpus Christi Victoria area.

"We issued a mandatory evacuation last week, and we estimate that as many as 30 to 40% of residents of our community actually remained behind," Wax said.

One person is reported dead in the Corpus Christi area due to Harvey.

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