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A Collective Sigh Of Relief As The 2017 Hurricane Season Ends

Potentially the worst hurricane season on record comes to a merciful close today.

Americans across the country, especially those in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, are breathing a sigh of relief as the 2017 hurricane season comes to an end today.

The three disastrous storms we faced this year, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, are estimated to cost more than $206 billion in economic impact. If this estimate holds true after the Federal Government’s tally, released early 2018, this will be the costliest hurricane season in history.

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  • Weather channel and NBC networks at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 26th, 2017 (Photo Credit: Don Geraci | Houston Public Media)
    Weather channel and NBC networks at Eleanor Tinsley Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 26th, 2017 (Photo Credit: Don Geraci | Houston Public Media)
  • A light rail train near the Theatre District in Houston sits in rainy weather on Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    A light rail train near the Theatre District in Houston sits in rainy weather on Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
  • Alan Turner takes his dog  Maggie (17-years old) for her morning walk on Sabine Street bridge, on Saturday.  Alan lives at Sabine Street lofts on Buffalo Bayou, on 3rd floor and is staying out. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    Alan Turner takes his dog Maggie (17-years old) for her morning walk on Sabine Street bridge, on Saturday. Alan lives at Sabine Street lofts on Buffalo Bayou, on 3rd floor and is staying out. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
  • Sabine Street bridge, Houston, on Saturday morning. Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    Sabine Street bridge, Houston, on Saturday morning. Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
  • Sabine Street bridge, Houston, on Saturday morning. Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    Sabine Street bridge, Houston, on Saturday morning. Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
  • Sabine Street bridge, Houston, on Saturday morning. Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    Sabine Street bridge, Houston, on Saturday morning. Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
  • Houston on Saturday morning, near the Hobby Center area. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    Houston on Saturday morning, near the Hobby Center area. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
  • Houston on Saturday morning, near the Hobby Center area. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    Houston on Saturday morning, near the Hobby Center area. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
  • Houston on Saturday morning, near the Hobby Center area. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
    Houston on Saturday morning, near the Hobby Center area. On Aug. 26th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Don Geraci)
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    Flooded apartment complex. (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
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  • Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: HPM)
    Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: HPM)
  • Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Christina Mandujuano)
    Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Christina Mandujuano)
  • Drainage ditches completely full just off Fountainview between Richmond and Westheimer. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Joshua Zinn)
    Drainage ditches completely full just off Fountainview between Richmond and Westheimer. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Joshua Zinn)
  • Drainage ditches completely full just off Fountainview between Richmond and Westheimer. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Joshua Zinn)
    Drainage ditches completely full just off Fountainview between Richmond and Westheimer. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Joshua Zinn)
  • Flooded garage near White Oak Bayou in Woodland Heights, Houston on Aug.27th, 2017. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media)
    Flooded garage near White Oak Bayou in Woodland Heights, Houston on Aug.27th, 2017. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter/Houston Public Media)
  • The Heights of Sabine near White Oak Bayou. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    The Heights of Sabine near White Oak Bayou. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  • Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Christina Mandujuano)
    Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Christina Mandujuano)
  • Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Christina Mandujuano)
    Studewood park in the heights. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Christina Mandujuano)
  • I-45 Northbound towards Main Street in Houston, on Aug. 27th, 2017. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
    I-45 Northbound towards Main Street in Houston, on Aug. 27th, 2017. Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter)
  •  Bear Creek area, NW Houston. Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings)
    Bear Creek area, NW Houston. Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings)
  •  Bear Creek area, NW Houston. Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings)
    Bear Creek area, NW Houston. Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings)
  • White Oak Bayou overflowing into streets. Houston, Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Maggie Martin)
    White Oak Bayou overflowing into streets. Houston, Sunday August 27, 2017. (Photo Credit: Maggie Martin)
  • Brays Bayou at Greens Road, in north Houston Sunday August 27, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)
    Brays Bayou at Greens Road, in north Houston Sunday August 27, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)
  • Brays Bayou at Greens Road, in north Houston Sunday August 27, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)
    Brays Bayou at Greens Road, in north Houston Sunday August 27, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz)
  • Emergency personnel working at the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center, located near the Conroe airport, Aug. 27th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
    Emergency personnel working at the Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center, located near the Conroe airport, Aug. 27th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
  • Flooding in a neighborhood near the Galleria, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon | Houston Public Media )
    Flooding in a neighborhood near the Galleria, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon | Houston Public Media )
  • Flooded parking garage at apartment complex near the Galleria, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon | Houston Public Media)
    Flooded parking garage at apartment complex near the Galleria, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon | Houston Public Media)
  • Volunteers launch a rescue boat on Houston Ave near White Oak Bayou, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
    Volunteers launch a rescue boat on Houston Ave near White Oak Bayou, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
  • Rescue boat at Woodland Park, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
    Rescue boat at Woodland Park, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
  • Flooding at Woodland Park, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017  (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
    Flooding at Woodland Park, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
  • Rescue boat in Woodland Heights. A stalled 18-wheeler is off in the distance, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    Rescue boat in Woodland Heights. A stalled 18-wheeler is off in the distance, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • Floodwaters bring up debris in Woodland Park, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
    Floodwaters bring up debris in Woodland Park, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
  • Neighbors put up a sign to warn of high water on Houston Ave at Woodland Park in Houston, Aug. 28th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    Neighbors put up a sign to warn of high water on Houston Ave at Woodland Park in Houston, Aug. 28th, 2017. (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • Intersection of Hardy Toll Rd. & FM 1960 is not passable, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
    Intersection of Hardy Toll Rd. & FM 1960 is not passable, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
  • Lake Houston flooding into a restaurant in Huffman, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
    Lake Houston flooding into a restaurant in Huffman, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
  • Home flooded by Lake Houston, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
    Home flooded by Lake Houston, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
  • Swimming pool taken over by Lake Houston, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017  (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media )
    Swimming pool taken over by Lake Houston, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media )
  • Flooding from a tributary of the San Jacinto river in Humble, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
    Flooding from a tributary of the San Jacinto river in Humble, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
  • Houston resident Tony Deouch has been rescuing some stranded residents from flooded homes at the Terranova West subdivision 
--located in north Houston-- using an inflatable kayak, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media )
    Houston resident Tony Deouch has been rescuing some stranded residents from flooded homes at the Terranova West subdivision --located in north Houston-- using an inflatable kayak, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media )
  • Down House in the Houston Heights, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Maggie Martin | Houston Public Media )
    Down House in the Houston Heights, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Maggie Martin | Houston Public Media )
  • Down House in the Houston Heights, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Maggie Martin | Houston Public Media )
    Down House in the Houston Heights, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Maggie Martin | Houston Public Media )
  • 30 minute line to get in the HEB in Atascocita, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017  (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
    30 minute line to get in the HEB in Atascocita, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
  • Submerged Jeep on I-45 at North St. with the windshield wipers still on, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
    Submerged Jeep on I-45 at North St. with the windshield wipers still on, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
  • Debris in HOV lane, I-45 North of downtown, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
    Debris in HOV lane, I-45 North of downtown, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media )
  • Bridges of Lake Houston neighborhood, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media )
    Bridges of Lake Houston neighborhood, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media )
  • Bridges of Lake Houston neighborhood, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
    Bridges of Lake Houston neighborhood, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media)
  • 59 underpass at Will Clayton, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media )
    59 underpass at Will Clayton, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laurie Johnson | Houston Public Media )
  • A rescue done by volunteers at the Lakewood Forest subdivision, located in northwest Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017. (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media )
    A rescue done by volunteers at the Lakewood Forest subdivision, located in northwest Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017. (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media )
  • Kayaker heading north on US 59, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public Media )
    Kayaker heading north on US 59, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public Media )
  • The shelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017  (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media )
    The shelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media )
  • The shelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media )
    The shelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media )
  • The shelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
    The shelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
  • Outside the GRB convention center turned shelter, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media )
    Outside the GRB convention center turned shelter, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media )
  • Houston evacuees line up for food as they arrive at GRB shelter, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017  (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media )
    Houston evacuees line up for food as they arrive at GRB shelter, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media )
  • What the Red Cross affectionately calls the "lounge" at the convention center turned shelter. Adults and kids can watch separate TV screens, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017  (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media )
    What the Red Cross affectionately calls the "lounge" at the convention center turned shelter. Adults and kids can watch separate TV screens, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media )
  • People arriving at the main staging area at the GRB, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media)
    People arriving at the main staging area at the GRB, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media)
  • Neighbors add flasher to their warning sign on Houston Ave, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    Neighbors add flasher to their warning sign on Houston Ave, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • 45 facing north at N Main, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017
    45 facing north at N Main, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017
  • 45 facing north at N Main, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017
    45 facing north at N Main, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017
  • Ford Mustang stranded near Cypress Creek, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017. (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz/Houston Public Media )
    Ford Mustang stranded near Cypress Creek, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017. (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz/Houston Public Media )
  • Rescue boat near Cypress Creek, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
    Rescue boat near Cypress Creek, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
  • Clothing for evacuees at George R Brown Convention Center, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    Clothing for evacuees at George R Brown Convention Center, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • Evacuees gathered outside shelter at George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
    Evacuees gathered outside shelter at George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media)
  • Hwy 6 North and Cairnway in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    Hwy 6 North and Cairnway in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • Hwy 6 North and Cairnway in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    Hwy 6 North and Cairnway in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • Citizens stranded at a Chase bank by hwy 6 north and Cairnway. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    Citizens stranded at a Chase bank by hwy 6 north and Cairnway. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • Rescue attempts by hwy 6 north and Cairnway. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    Rescue attempts by hwy 6 north and Cairnway. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • Citizens stranded at a Chase bank by hwy 6 north and Cairnway, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    Citizens stranded at a Chase bank by hwy 6 north and Cairnway, in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • Addicks satsuma and w. Little York. Outside of concord colony in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    Addicks satsuma and w. Little York. Outside of concord colony in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • Addicks satsuma and w. Little York. Outside of concord colony in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media )
    Addicks satsuma and w. Little York. Outside of concord colony in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media )
  • Addicks and w. Little York. Outside of concord colony in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    Addicks and w. Little York. Outside of concord colony in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017. (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • This is Sheila Hollie. She lives in Savannah estates, a neighborhood devastated by the flooding.  She believes water is about 8 feet up on her house. Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
    This is Sheila Hollie. She lives in Savannah estates, a neighborhood devastated by the flooding. She believes water is about 8 feet up on her house. Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Marissa Cummings | Houston Public Media)
  • Flooded truck in the way of Cypress Creek in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
    Flooded truck in the way of Cypress Creek in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media)
  • Flooding near Cypress Creek in Houston on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
    Flooding near Cypress Creek in Houston on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Al Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
  • Flooded street near Cypress Creek in Houston on Aug. 29, 2017. (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
    Flooded street near Cypress Creek in Houston on Aug. 29, 2017. (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
  • Car submerged in water near Cypress Creek in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
    Car submerged in water near Cypress Creek in Houston, on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz/Houston Public Media)
  • The sun coming out in the late afternoon in Richmond on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Don Geraci | Houston Public Media)
    The sun coming out in the late afternoon in Richmond on Aug. 29, 2017 (Photo Credit: Don Geraci | Houston Public Media)
  • The sun out over the city - the view from the Houston Public Media station on Aug. 30, 2017 (Photo Credit: Don Geraci | Houston Public Media)
    The sun out over the city - the view from the Houston Public Media station on Aug. 30, 2017 (Photo Credit: Don Geraci | Houston Public Media)
  • Things seem back to normal and then you turn a corner and find a river. This image is from Westheimer and Kirkwood in west Houston, on Aug. 30, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
    Things seem back to normal and then you turn a corner and find a river. This image is from Westheimer and Kirkwood in west Houston, on Aug. 30, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
  • Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center in Houston, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
    Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center in Houston, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
  • Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center in Houston, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
    Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center in Houston, on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
  • A pile of pet food donated for the cats and dogs of evacuees at NRG Center in Houston, on Aug. 31, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
    A pile of pet food donated for the cats and dogs of evacuees at NRG Center in Houston, on Aug. 31, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)
  • Fred Goodall, marketing director for BakerRipley, the nonprofit that spearheaded the shelter at NRG Center in Houston, on Aug. 31, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media )
    Fred Goodall, marketing director for BakerRipley, the nonprofit that spearheaded the shelter at NRG Center in Houston, on Aug. 31, 2017 (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media )
  • Volunteers get together donated food to take to the residents at 2100 Memorial. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
    Volunteers get together donated food to take to the residents at 2100 Memorial. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
  • Some of the supplies volunteers gathered at 2100 Memorial (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
    Some of the supplies volunteers gathered at 2100 Memorial (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
  • Volunteers coordinate the ongoing efforts at 2100 Memorial (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
    Volunteers coordinate the ongoing efforts at 2100 Memorial (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
  • Bottled water stacked in the parking garage at 2100 Memorial (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
    Bottled water stacked in the parking garage at 2100 Memorial (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
  • Affordable senior housing facility 2100 Memorial suffered damage from flooding during Harvey and has to be rebuilt. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin / Houston Public Media)
    Affordable senior housing facility 2100 Memorial suffered damage from flooding during Harvey and has to be rebuilt. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin / Houston Public Media)
  • Cars that were parked in the lower levels at 2100 Memorial were flooded on the weekend. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
    Cars that were parked in the lower levels at 2100 Memorial were flooded on the weekend. (Photo Credit: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media)
  • Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center on Thursday Aug.-31 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center on Thursday Aug.-31 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center on Thursday Aug.-31 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    Evacuees pick up supplies inside the shelter at NRG Center on Thursday Aug.-31 2017. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A pile of pet food donated for the cats and dogs of evacuees at NRG Center. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A pile of pet food donated for the cats and dogs of evacuees at NRG Center. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • A bunch of local restaurants are preparing thousands of meals for first responders hospitals and evacuees. (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon)
    A bunch of local restaurants are preparing thousands of meals for first responders hospitals and evacuees. (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon)
  • A bunch of local restaurants are preparing thousands of meals for first responders hospitals and evacuees. (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon)
    A bunch of local restaurants are preparing thousands of meals for first responders hospitals and evacuees. (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon)
  • A bunch of local restaurants are preparing thousands of meals for first responders hospitals and evacuees. (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon)
    A bunch of local restaurants are preparing thousands of meals for first responders hospitals and evacuees. (Photo Credit: Tomeka Weatherspoon)

2017 had already been marred by costly weather disasters before the season even started, and the recovery effort is still ongoing.

Thursday was the deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA, which so far has paid out more than $2 billion in disaster assistance. The National Flood Insurance Program has paid out more than $6.3 billion.

Now Congress is discussing supplemental allocations for long-term recovery. Kyle Shelton is with Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

“And that’ll be things like community development block grant disaster recovery funding from the Housing and Urban Development. It is the $61 billion ‘ask’ that will be to things like the U.S. Corps of Engineers — systemic requests for larger projects like infrastructure. And then FEMA and SBA really do deal a lot with individuals.”

Shelton told “Houston Matters” that aid also comes from local and philanthropic sources.

“We saw the City of Houston use its contingency fund for some of the debris cleanup, and then once you get through all of the public funding, that’s where philanthropy really comes into play as well, because you can start to see where there had been gaps.”

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has given $36 million in donations to 90 non-profit organizations helping flood victims in Harris County.

 

2017 ties the record year of 2011 for the most (15) billion-dollar disasters for the year to date.
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2017)

2017 ties the record year of 2011 for the most (15) billion-dollar disasters for the year to date.

The record number of billion-dollar disasters for an entire calendar year is 16 events set in 2011. The 2017 events include two floods, a freeze, seven severe storms, three tropical cyclones, a drought and wildfire – collectively causing 282 fatalities going beyond just the hurricane season.