Rockport still working on Hurricane Harvey recovery

- Saturday will mark one year since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast.

One of the hardest hit cities is Rockport in Aransas County just north of Corpus Christi along the coast. About 94 percent of homes in Rockport were damaged. Thirty percent of it was destroyed.  The government estimates nearly 15,000 structures were damaged.

Corpus Christi was spared the bulk of Harvey’s wrath. But in neighboring Rockport, folks weren’t so lucky.

Nearly one year later and many people are still waiting to rebuild.

A concrete slab is all that's left of Vicki Friesenhahn's vacation home. Her two-story water front property located in the Copano Ridge neighborhood of Rockport was wiped out by Hurricane Harvey last August.

“It was all over the place,” she recalled. “There was the back wall left. Nothing on the top floor at all. Furniture all over the place. Just nothing there.”

The Friesenhahns aren't alone. Nearly one year after the hurricane made landfall, many are still in need of resurrection. The city says roughly half of all hotels are still shutdown.

The Friesenhahns are finally meeting with their architect Wednesday to go over new renderings.

For now, they'll continue living in an RV and keeping an eye on the other properties in the neighborhood left in disrepair.

“Hopefully we can get something back,” Vicki said. “It’s just hard.”

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Rockport on Wednesday. He’ll meet with first responders and FEMA representatives to get an update on how the community is coping one year later.

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