INITIAL COVERAGE

Day 1: Here comes Harvey

Day 2: Brace yourself

Day 3: ‘Prayers protect us’

Day 4: ‘We thought we were going to die’

Day 5: ‘At least God let us live’

Day 6: ‘It’s the luck of the draw’

Day 7: ‘Everybody will pull together’

Day 8: Guadalupe floods parts of Victoria

Day 9: Texas Zoo evacuates animals (w/video)

Day 10: The Long Road Ahead (w/video)

Day 11: Residents rely on families to rebuild

Day 12: For some, normal still far away

Day 13: Church offers refuge for devastated town

Day 14: Victims find hardship, opportunity (w/video)

Day 15: FEMA frustrates Harvey victims

Day 16: Displaced and in disarray

Day 17: Disaster for humans means catastrophe for pets

Day 18: Nature interrupted (w/video)

Day 19: ‘It was like we had been bombed’

Day 20: Students returning to school feel weight of Harvey

Day 21: International Crane Foundation loses office after hurricane

Day 22: Ranching structures, cotton mostly damaged by Harvey

Day 23: Port Lavaca struggles back after Harvey

Day 24: Refugio: ‘We’re trying to get back to normal’

Day 25: Nonprofit leaves people lost after Harvey

Day 26: ‘We are human beings like everyone else’

Day 27: Refugio schools find way to reopen

Day 28: Bloomington schools begin year in different classroom setups

Day 29: Methodist church serves those in need after hurricane

Day 30: Scientists measure damage to endangered species’ habitat (w/video)

Day 31: Medical community feels impact of Harvey

Day 32: Harvey’s speed leaves many in harm’s way

Day 33: After Harvey, Seadrift couple forced out of home

Day 34: Bloomington Elementary School educates students in FEMA dome

Day 35: School districts share issues with state, US senator

Day 36: VISD students observe See You at the Pole

Day 37: Expectant family struggles after Harvey (w/video)

Day 38: Woodsboro pulls together after Harvey

Day 39: Housing options slim for displaced families

Day 40: SBA approves more than $500M in disaster loans

Day 41: Hunger greater in Crossroads post-Harvey

Day 42: ‘Harvey broke me’

Day 44: Goliad baby born as hurricane swirled toward Crossroads

Day 45: Mother recalls ‘scary’ birth during Harvey

Day 46: Harvey devastates homeowners without insurance

Day 47: Officials have no details on housing relief

Day 48: Harvey impacts couple’s 2 Victoria businesses, Rockport home

Day 49: Crews begin repair work on historic McFaddin church

Day 50: Hurricane, flood force Jaguars to make adjustments

Day 51: Texas Zoo thanks Vickers students for donation

Day 52: Seadrift women helping people affected by hurricane

Day 53: Mold creates big problem for homeowners

Day 54: Crossroads public agencies deal with FEMA challenges

Day 55: Special delivery

Day 56: Texas Gulf Coast mayors discuss Harvey aftermath

Day 57: Tenants sue after Harvey eviction

Day 58: Nonprofit directors face difficult fundraising decision after Harvey

Day 59: VISD applies for waivers to reduce Harvey burden

Day 60: Victoria’s relief efforts lacked coordination, leadership

Day 61: Popular restaurant battles back from Harvey

Day 62: City looks to buy sprinkler controls for $160K

Day 63: Housing after Harvey (w/video)

Day 64: City looks to help with hefty water bills

Day 65: Men’s shelter, soup kitchen closed because of Harvey

Day 66: Watt routes almost $1M to Crossroads’ hungry

Day 67: Recovery group seeks members, community leaders

Day 68: Habitat volunteers help Harvey victims rebuild

Day 69: Lawmakers, counties to discuss Harvey response

Day 70: Oyster season opens after Harvey; new rules adopted

Day 71: Crossroads leaders talk storm damage to lawmakers

Day 72: Symphony to open concert season after Harvey delay

Day 73: Harvey recovery group works to measure unmet needs

Day 74: City considers ways to shore up water system

Day 75: County officials: Mobile homes need more oversight

Day 76: Recipient of state honor persists despite Harvey setbacks

Day 77: Heroes, lessons emerge in Harvey’s wake

Day 78: Harvey, budget shortfalls challenge local leaders

Day 79: Salvation Army traditional holiday meal to continue

Day 80: City water had no bacteria despite Harvey outage

Day 81: Leaders still don’t have Harvey recovery details

Day 82: Devereux officials remain hopeful despite hurricane damage

Day 83: Bloomington students, district still feel impact of Harvey

Day 84: Officials consider waiving school accountability ratings

Day 85: FEMA center in Cuero to close Nov. 22

Day 86: Zoo to spread its wings again

Day 87: Recovery group urges residents to apply for FEMA

Day 88: Rural Victoria County fights for help after Harvey

Day 89: Council to revisit rules on temporary housing

Day 90: Customers, employees respond to Lacks, Harbor Freight reopenings

Day 91: State officials remove sunken damage along Texas coast

Day 92: Refugio couple lose roof, but not hope

Day 93: Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal a success

Day 94: Home improvement stores prosper on Black Friday

Day 95: ‘They are small, but their voices are loud’

Day 96: Harvey increases construction business, causes shortage of workers

Day 97: Tourists return to area ravaged by hurricane

Day 98: DeWitt County unveils drone program

Day 99: Awning on vacant theater suspected to be unsafe

Ongoing coverage

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REFUGIO - This has not been a normal season for Refugio by any stretch of the imagination.

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Local officials this week signed off on an agreement with the state, which means they can start managing Hurricane Harvey recovery programs ranging from repairing homes to giving families temporary housing in the form of mobile homes.

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No one knows the extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and how or when state and federal relief dollars will arrive.

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PORT LAVACA - After 11 straight days of serving and protecting during Harvey's aftermath, Chief Deputy John Krause learned his own house was damaged and uninsured - by no fault of his own.

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The sounds of singing echoed through the cinder block walls of a small Refugio church, offering no indication that just a half-dozen people were inside.

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Jade & Madalynn Bridal Boutique was closed for about two months and had to change locations after Hurricane Harvey struck.

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About six months following Terry Schneider's brain surgery, Hurricane Harvey struck Texas and damaged her home and business space.

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Do you have questions about rebuilding homes and businesses after Hurricane Harvey? Here's your chance to get answers from officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration. The Advocate will host a Facebook Live Q&A at noon Wednesday.

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Victorians can now paddle down the Guadalupe River again in Riverside Park with Gerry's Kayaks after the business reopened.

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Do you have questions about rebuilding homes and businesses after Hurricane Harvey? Here's your chance to get answers from officials from the FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The Advocate will host a Facebook Live Q&A at noon Wednesday. To watch, visit facebook.com/VictoriaAdvocate.

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The State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center in Victoria County is relocating less than two miles away from its current center.

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State law orders local communities to prepare an emergency plan aimed at keeping their residents safe in the event Texas is hit by a hurricane or attacked by terrorists,

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Snow melted off a bench outside the Walmart on North Navarro Street as Rudy Adames rang a Salvation Army bell with each hand Friday morning.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery center in Victoria closed Tuesday evening, an agency spokeswoman said.

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Sledge Engineering officials put pen to paper and calculated $99,500 to repair the Victoria school district after Hurricane Harvey.

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Some conversations grew tense Friday during a meeting of the Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group.

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In 46-degree constant chilling drizzle, Howell Middle School Resource Officer Alfred Garza, while on his way to work Dec. 6, saw a sixth-grader walking without a jacket.

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The cold, rainy weather was no match for the sunny disposition of 3-year-old Lea Marin. Her brown curls bounced as she approached her grandfather, Adan Martinez, Saturday at a playground in Riverside Park.

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Goliad Mayor Trudia Preston won't continue an interlocal agreement for shared emergency management with the county despite her praise for work done during Hurricane Harvey.

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Volunteers rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey could soon get help with hauling soaked drywall and construction materials to the dump.

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Victoria officials are expected to release the city and county's emergency plan, a document they formerly said should be kept from the public.

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Here's our Hurricane Harvey long-term recovery Q&A with John Oliver Frederick of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Q&A begins around 12 minutes into the video. Need help recovering from Harvey? Click here to fill out our survery.

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Bootfest 2017 saw a drop in attendance, but was otherwise successful despite being held just more than a month after Hurricane Harvey, city officials said.

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Specifically, the appraisal district asked for date-stamped photos of the damage with one photo being the outside of the property for verification purposes.

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City and county officials didn't know how Hurricane Harvey would impact their sales tax revenues, but to their surprise, the recovery phase continued the nine-month positive trend the receipts were on.

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It's difficult to speak of property value when your property has a gaping hole in the roof left by a Category 4 storm.

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Volunteers with the Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group have worked tirelessly for the past 20 weeks in an effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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BLOOMINGTON - Every Thursday evening, the home of Eva and Daniel Ortiz was filled with a variety of food and family members.

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One only needs to look at re-roofing permits issued throughout Victoria to see that Hurricane Harvey didn't discriminate.

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County commissioners approved a plan that lists ways Victoria can better protect itself against disasters and ranges from expanding drainage ditches to equipping important buildings with shatter-proof glass.

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Victoria's disaster recovery center is scheduled to close temporarily during the weekend, according to a federal news release.

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Aurora Uvalle Nickerson hoped the magnetic card Motel 6 had issued her would still work after she took her two dogs outside to relieve themselves.

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After almost five months of waiting and dealing with complicated paperwork to get financial help, families who lost mobile homes during Hurricane Harvey could soon have a chance at getting new ones.

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The Victoria Independent School District is requesting waivers from the Texas Education Agency to avoid losing more than $118,000 in state funds for low attendance days in January.

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Local government officials from coastal communities battered by Hurricane Harvey voiced anxieties and frustrations about the recovery process - and the fact that hurricane season is only three months away - to a Texas House subcommittee Tuesday.

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Six months after Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas Gulf Coast, Victoria County commissioners are planning to discuss how many buildings were damaged and the cost to repair them. Multiple county buildings still haven’t been repaired, County Judge Ben Zeller said. The hurricane caused million…

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After Hurricane Harvey damaged about 70 Victoria County buildings, officials are still pursuing grant money and figuring out which ones to rebuild — hopefully in ways that will outlast the next hurricane.

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With the feeling of homecoming week’s rush and roar, University of Houston-Victoria senior Olajumoke Jumie Awe ended her homecoming queen candidate speech with a “vote for me” free-style rap.

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Bloomington school district Superintendent Abbie Barnett said hearing from other school leaders who have gone through the disaster recovery process put into perspective what his district went through after Hurricane Harvey.

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In the months after Hurricane Harvey tore into town, the focus has been on finding a way to make homeowners whole again. Charitable groups with hundreds of volunteers picked up the slack when homeowners needed help gutting and tarping their storm-damaged homes. The nonprofits and religious g…

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Hurricane Harvey has created employment opportunities for qualified job seekers. But at least 20 disaster-related positions in Victoria remain vacant.

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REFUGIO — Words of worship and praise resonated throughout the renovated walls of a Refugio church as the congregation sang, “Don’t give up on God, because he won’t give up on you.”

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REFUGIO — Drivers passing through Refugio down U.S. 77 may not have given a second thought to the tall, shadowy live oak trees that separate the north and southbound lanes just south of the town. Those trees, though, highlight a significant and strategic location during the Texas Revolution …

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After Hurricane Harvey shut down the city’s water system and left residents to boil water before drinking for more than a week, the City Council is weighing whether to hire an engineer to study how to protect parts of the water system.

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To thank volunteers rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, Victoria County set aside March 17 as a day to celebrate the Mennonite Disaster Service.

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SEADRIFT — Julian Martinez crawled out of a hole in the debris that used to be his small mobile home, which was destroyed early Thursday by a tornado that slammed into the coastal town.

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At some point within the next two weeks, some Victoria residents may be getting a knock on their door – one they’ll want to answer if they’re struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

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Seven months after Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion in damage, only about 6,600 households statewide qualified for state-run temporary housing programs. That represents only 2 percent of almost 372,000 who were deemed eligible for some sort of help from FEMA. 

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As part of a plan to distribute $5 billion in federal grant money to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, the Texas General Land Office is planning to set aside about $110 million for the Crossroads, the agency’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Middle School principal Terry Young saw the 5,000-pound burdens of a devastating past be picked up and carried away.

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Instead of finely polished oak pews, it’s metal tables covered in zebra-striped tableclothes. Instead of spare Bibles and hymn books, it’s bottles of Louisiana hot sauce, salt and pepper.

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Q: Another hurricane season will be here before we know it, and I want to make sure that my family and I are fully prepared and informed. Can you provide some hurricane preparation tips so we can be ready?

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H-E-B plus opened two days after Hurricane Harvey. The store donated three trailers full of water and two trailers of ice to the community. Employees also assisted with the mobile kitchen at the Rio Grande location and served more than 6,000 meals. 

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After Hurricane Harvey shut down the city’s water system and left residents to boil water before drinking for more than a week, the City Council is weighing whether to hire an engineer to study how to protect parts of the water system.

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To thank volunteers rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, Victoria County set aside March 17 as a day to celebrate the Mennonite Disaster Service.

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SEADRIFT — Julian Martinez crawled out of a hole in the debris that used to be his small mobile home, which was destroyed early Thursday by a tornado that slammed into the coastal town.

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At some point within the next two weeks, some Victoria residents may be getting a knock on their door – one they’ll want to answer if they’re struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey.

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Seven months after Harvey caused an estimated $180 billion in damage, only about 6,600 households statewide qualified for state-run temporary housing programs. That represents only 2 percent of almost 372,000 who were deemed eligible for some sort of help from FEMA. 

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As part of a plan to distribute $5 billion in federal grant money to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, the Texas General Land Office is planning to set aside about $110 million for the Crossroads, the agency’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Middle School principal Terry Young saw the 5,000-pound burdens of a devastating past be picked up and carried away.

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Instead of finely polished oak pews, it’s metal tables covered in zebra-striped tableclothes. Instead of spare Bibles and hymn books, it’s bottles of Louisiana hot sauce, salt and pepper.

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Q: Another hurricane season will be here before we know it, and I want to make sure that my family and I are fully prepared and informed. Can you provide some hurricane preparation tips so we can be ready?

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H-E-B plus opened two days after Hurricane Harvey. The store donated three trailers full of water and two trailers of ice to the community. Employees also assisted with the mobile kitchen at the Rio Grande location and served more than 6,000 meals. 

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