The town of Refugio was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey, and as with Woodsboro, there is still plenty of visible damage. Scenes like this – with remnants of what used to be piled up – are repeated over and over. That it was raining the day I was there made it somehow much worse to think about.
“We didn’t have a loss of life so I’ll save using the word devastating, but it was close to it,” said Refugio County Judge Robert Blaschke, who also serves as the county’s emergency director. “Especially for property owners, it will sting for a long time.” (from the Austin American-Statesman, December 11, 2018)
Here’s another view of the hurricane-damaged gas station from yesterday’s post.
At this point, almost two years later, it’s hard to imagine this place will ever be repaired.
On August 26, 2017, about 25 miles from right here, Hurricane Harvey made landfall. It was a Category 4 storm, and is tied with Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record.
And here we are, closing in on two years after the storm, and damage is still visible across a wide swath of South Texas.