Rigors of recovery: Residents struggle to repair damaged homes

Recovery for homeowners and residents of Greater Port Arthur — some 80 percent of the city was flooded — seemingly has come at a snail’s pace, even for those with private insurance but especially for those who weren’t insured or were inadequately insured. Some beleaguered residents who needed immediate assistance were still awaiting it at 2018’s close.

There are reasons for that. Damage was pervasive along the coastal counties. Some residents left the area, making headcounts and needs uncertain.

Available work crews, even  for those who could afford their services, were too scarce. Myriad assistance programs had to be developed, each intended to meet needs of specific populations. Federal requests had to travel from the president to Congress and then through the federal bureaucracy before returning to Texas. Other deadly, destructive storms ravaged other parts of the U.S. during the year, making disaster funding here more problematic.

What happened for recovery over the course of the long 2018? A lot and not much.

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