The GLO's Hurricane Task Force is ready to support our partners in Hurricane Harvey response efforts. We have coordinated all storm related operational functions so we can have boots on the ground assisting with response efforts including oil spill mitigation and debris removal. Additionally, my team is working with officials in communities in the storm's path to document damage in anticipation of long-term recovery efforts.
- Commissioner George P. Bush
For information about immediate recovery resources and efforts for Hurricane Harvey, please visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ and to find your local Red Cross Chapter visit http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter.
The GLO remains committed to long-term recovery and will update this page as additional CDBG-DR information becomes available.
Aerial photography and satellite imagery of Hurricane Harvey landfall and flood impacts can be accessed through the MOVES public website http://magic.csr.utexas.edu/public/views/. Chrome, Firefox, and other commonly used modern browsers are supported. For navigation assistance, click on the User Guide tab available at the top of the MOVES website.
Hurricanes have a destructive history along our Texas Coast. With 367 miles of Gulf beaches and more than 3,300 miles of bays and estuaries, Texas has one of the longest coastlines in the country.
GLO-CDR has been an active partner in long-term recovery projects for Texas communities following Hurricane Ike, Dolly and Rita. To date, the GLO has built or rehabilitated over 10,000 homes, completed over 770 miles of road improvements, constructed numerous emergency shelters, fire stations and vital infrastructure projects to help rebuild Texas stronger and smarter.
In addition, the Texas coast is home to some of the country’s busiest ports and is an economic engine. As the Texas population increases and coastal industries grow, the devastation potential of a hurricane is something the GLO will continue to prepare for. The GLO has prioritized efforts along the coast to develop a comprehensive, long-term planning framework to ensure a resilient ecologic and economic management of the Texas coast, To learn more visit: Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan.
Hurricane Ike devastated the upper coast of Texas in 2008, killing 74 people and causing $29.5 billion in damages, becoming the third most devastating hurricane in U.S. history. Hurricane Ike measured 900 miles wide and was a powerful and destructive Category 4 hurricane engulfing Galveston and other coastal areas, creating widespread damage and destruction. Hurricane Dolly was less damaging, but had already struck the Texas coastline as a Category 2 hurricane, making it the most destructive storm to hit the Rio Grande Valley in over four decades.
In total, Texas received $3.1 billion in vital CDBG-DR funds to aid in long-term recovery.
The 2005 hurricane season was one of the most extreme on record. The Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricane Katrina in August followed by Hurricane Rita that made landfall on the southeast Texas Gulf Coast. Texas was experiencing an influx of Katrina evacuees when Hurricane Rita hit the Texas coast on September 24, 2005. Rita made landfall as a Category III hurricane with sustained winds between 111 and 130mph, leaving extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. Texas received $503,394,849 in vital CDBG-DR funds. Since 2011, GLO-CDR has worked to administer the CDBG-DR funds providing for long-term recovery projects and housing.