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TX - Texas prepares for hurricane season as lawmakers tout coastal protection plan

In the days after Hurricane Harvey tore the roof off their Rockport, Texas home in the summer of 2017, they immediately started picking up the pieces and began the rebuild.

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Bronson and Linda Hamilton are resilient.

In the days after Hurricane Harvey tore the roof off their Rockport, Texas home in the summer of 2017, they immediately started picking up the pieces and began the rebuild.

The Hamiltons, who teach at area schools, spent the next three years and thousands of dollars returning their coastal cavern back to ship shape.

“It’s going to take a long time, it’s going to take a lot of money, a lot of hard work,” Bronson Hamilton said in an interview in what was left of his kitchen a few days after Harvey hit. “But Rockport is going to survive.”

As the state’s coastal communities attempt to return to some kind of normal, state lawmakers attempt to help prevent future storms from causing similar devastation to Harvey, which caused upwards of $125 billion in damage— second only to Hurricane Katrina.

During the regular legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to create a Gulf Coast Protection District to take charge of planning for and constructing a coastal barrier to protect against storm surge. Senate Bill 1160 also creates framework for approval of coastal projects recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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