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Hurricane Harvey

Five Months After Harvey, Port Aransas Is Still Rebuilding, But With An Eye Toward Tourists

Harvey came ashore just north of Port Aransas, Texas, as a Category 4 hurricane on Aug. 25. It caused widespread damage to the coastal community of 3,800

A house in Port Aransas gets a new roof and siding on Sept. 30, about a month after Hurricane Harvey hit.

Today marks five months since Hurricane Harvey hit Port Aransas, and while there’s been real progress on the cleanup, the island town still has a ways to go.

Just a few days after the storm, home inspector James Pate was optimistic about his hometown's future.

"We're in good shape," he said in August while cleaning his lawn. "It's just going to be a long process. And if everybody works together, we'll make this town stronger than it ever was."

Making the drive Wednesday into Port Aransas from Corpus Christi, he gives the rundown of the overall recovery effort.

Home inspector James Pate was optimistic back in August about Port Aransas’ recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

"They installed new power lines," he says. "There are still a lot of homes on one part of the island that haven't been repaired. People are in litigation with insurance companies, stuff like that. Several rental properties are back open. We don't have any souvenir shops open yet, but I would say 80 percent of the restaurants are back open. For the most part, I think Port Aransas has done phenomenal."

Pate's optimism hasn't wavered, but it is tinged with five months of realism.

"I don't hear anybody whining about what happened," he says. "The biggest complaint now is why insurance isn't paying.” He says he can think of 80 people whose houses are still in disrepair.