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Up to $1,080

I’m guessing that if you’re looking for a loan (up to $1,080), this place may not be able to help you, in spite of that sign.

(That rain coming down somehow made looking at hurricane damage from two years ago even more depressing.)

Refugio, Texas
photographed 5.7.2019

Cardboard and rain

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)

Refugio, Texas
photographed 5.7.2019

Exxon-no-more

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.

Woodsboro, Texas
photographed 5.7.2019

The hurricane took what it wanted

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.

Woodsboro, Texas
photographed 5.7.2019

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