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Catastrophic Hurricane Harvey drenches Texas


By Chris Edwards

CORRIGAN – A song by the great country-folk singer/songwriter Malcolm Holcombe asks the question "Don'tcha miss that water when it's gone?". It's safe to assume that no one who was in Hurricane Harvey's path will miss any of its water once it's gone. Since making landfall in Texas on Friday evening near Rockport, Harvey has continued to affect the entire southeastern quadrant of the state. As of press time, the rains continue to steadily fall in northern Polk County. It was the first Catergory 4 hurricane to make landfall in the state since 1961 when Hurricane Carla ravaged the coast. As Harvey dwindled into a tropical storm, the heavy rains continued, and as of this writing, nine trillion gallons of water have been dumped over southeast Texas. The images of the catastrophic flooding throughout the Houston area have been a constant on the radar screen that is national news media. As predicted initially, it wasn't so much the potential damage from Harvey's winds, but the rain, that was the primary concern. For the most part, the heavy rains and resultant flooding in lowlying areas are all that have been reported in Polk County, and the rain is expected to last throughout the week. Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Pitts said that he and his team are coordinating with all first responders in the county involved in relief and rescue efforts. Red Cross is in the process of setting up a shelter for people affected by the evacuation, according to Pitts. As of Tuesday morning, a mandatory evacuation was issued for residents in the unincorporated areas of Polk County below Lake Livingston Dam along the Trinity River. Shelter can be found in Livingston at the Dunbar Gymnasium (address: 1103 Dunbar, Livingston, TX 77351). Responding agencies are making final contact with residents needing to evacuate. Those who ignore the Mandatory Evacuation Order should not expect agency support in the designated area until conditions are safe and the Mandatory Order is lifted. Stay abreast of updates as they develop. We will post updates as we receive them to the Corrigan Times Facebook page and website (www.corrigantimes.com).


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