Disaster Recovery by the Numbers, 1 Year After Hurricane Harvey

Harris County reports on how funding is being used to address the ongoing Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery effort and support housing needs. Government is also partnering on disaster case management.


It's been one year since Hurricane Harvey hovered over the Houston region and rained a deluge of more than 50 inches in four days, causing a chaos for emergency management.

The storm that killed 36 people was unusual -- it was trapped between two masses of high pressure that held it in place over the region. According to meteorologist Jeff Masters, interviewed by Scientific American as the storm continued, Hurricane Harvey was dropping so much water on southeastern Texas that the storm actually pulled that water back up into itself, and dumped it again. He said that the only other storm like this that he could recall was Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed 7,000 people in Honduras.

The heroics of many first responders, the Coast Guard, citizens with makeshift rescue tools and others kept the death toll surprisingly low for the epic, unexpected flooding. However, thousands are still struggling in the aftermath.

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The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management recently released a statement that Hurricane Harvey was the most extreme rain event in U.S. history with more than 300,000 vehicles and upwards of 160,000 homes and businesses damaged at a cost, based on current projections, to exceed $125 billion.

The numbers associated with public health and medical services for Hurricane Harvey by the responding Texas Department of State Health Services were recently released -- $34.8 million:

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