Resilience, rebuilding in Rockport in Harvey's wake

Rockport, Texas 

There was an uptick in recovery efforts in Rockport on Tuesday.

More and more people made their way back to their neighborhoods to begin rebuilding.

Despite the resilience displayed so many people, some are saying Rockport will never be the same.

The once stately streets in Key Allegro have been turned into scrapyards.

Dozens of homes there were reduced to rubble.

“I would probably call this ground zero,” David Foster, with the Key Allegro Homeowners Association, said.

The private coastal community in Rockport took a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey. As some residents try to fish boats out of the bay, others are trying to see if there’s anything left to salvage.

“My worry is that for people to reconstruct, it will be prohibitively expensive for people to replace what they had,” Forrest Word said.

Word lives is originally from San Antonio. He has had a second home in Key Allegro for more than a decade. He said his house remains mostly intact, while several of his neighbors suffered a total loss.

“The two across the street, the roofs lifted off of them and the second floor came off of the one across the street and hit my house,” Word said.

“I’m not an expert but I would guess 30 percent of the homes here are total loss or heavily damaged,” Foster said. “We have roofs that were torn off, walls that were breached.

In other parts of town, traffic is picking up as construction crews and insurance adjusters come into Rockport.

“I’ve seen floods and fires and as devastating as it is, it always restores your faith in humanity, watching people give of themselves. Give donations, clothes, water,” Wendy Ritchey, with Paul Davis restoration, said.

In front of a marine supply store, a banner reads “Make Rockport Great Again.” Inside, Terry Brader, the owner of Seaworthy Maine, knows it’s going to take time.

“It’s going to take years. It really is. Right now between my wife and I, what Texas has done has been pretty darn good,” Brader said.

Businesses along the waterfront are a total loss. The ones that survived are still waiting for power to be restored and that could take anywhere from two to four weeks.

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