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BLOOMINGTON – When Nora Martinez pulled up to her family’s mobile home just days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall three years ago, she was hopeful. Unlike many whose homes were damaged beyond repair, she believed her family of six could do the best with what they had.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, (AP) — From the Rio Grande Valley to San Antonio to her current home in Cuero, Jeanette Smith has witnessed hurricanes over the decades but thinks 2020 has something big in store.

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PORT LAVACA – The Indianola Fishing Marina received severe damage after floodwaters caused an electrical fire that burned the building’s roof and bait room as Hurricane Hanna made landfall on Saturday.

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A coastal flood advisory is in effect late Thursday night for beaches along and to the south of Port Aransas as Tropical Storm Cristobal continues to move north through the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Weather Service.

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The fast approaching Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be busier than usual, according to an outlook released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.

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More than $28 million in Hurricane Harvey recovery money is headed to the Crossroads for projects approved this week by the Texas General Land Office.

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PORT LAVACA – Formosa Plastics Corp. USA President Jaing-Nan “Jason” Lin walked the recently reopened Formosa Wetlands Walkway at Lighthouse Beach on Friday afternoon, stopping to take photos as the sun began to set on Lavaca Bay.

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REFUGIO – “We nominated you the bravest woman in Refugio County for taking on that job,” Angel Kelley said her friends told her when they heard she was taking a job as apartment manager for the Refugio Apartments.

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BLOOMINGTON – Aubrey Delagarza tumbles out of bed wearing Christmas pajamas that are striped red and white with green trimming. The 5-year-old brings a book to her mom. It’s an illustrated version of “The Night Before Christmas,” the famous poem heralding Santa’s visit.

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State Rep. Geanie Morrison opposed a proposed 5% rate increase in premiums for residential and commercial policies at the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association board meeting Tuesday, according to a news release from Morrison’s office.

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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Saturday, was marked by tropical activity that churned busily from mid-August through October.

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Significant steps toward recovery have been made in the two years since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, but the most expensive hurricane to strike Texas is still at the forefront of an annual tour organized by the Insurance Council of Texas.

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Two years ago this date, we were preparing for Hurricane Harvey to come ashore. We didn’t know where it would hit or how badly it would destroy our homes, businesses, communities and lives.

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Since Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, the Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group has received two grants from the American Red Cross to assist with recovery efforts in Victoria County, said Rick Villa, development coordinator for the group.

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Mustang Island State Park will reopen for overnight camping almost two years after storm damage from Hurricane Harvey delayed a project on the campgrounds, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife news release.

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The Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group will host a neighborhood meeting for Bloomington, Placedo and DaCosta residents still struggling with damages caused by Hurricane Harvey. The come-and-go meeting is 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the Legacy Room at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.

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Members of the state House had a news conference in Rockport on Thursday to discuss the House’s efforts that led to the passage of significant Hurricane Harvey recovery and disaster preparedness legislation in the 86th Legislature.

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Community members still struggling to recuperate after Hurricane Harvey are invited to a come-and-go neighborhood meeting at Templo San Juan 3:16 at 304 E. Water St. from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

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