Aransas Pass residents talk Harvey recovery at town hall meeting

During the town hall meeting different city departments and agencies repeatedly told citizens they are workign to get everything back to normal. The major concern raised by residents at the meeting is housing.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Residents were in attendance at Thursday nights town hall meeting in Aransas Pass with the topic of, how the recovery is going from Hurricane Harvey.
    
Aransas Pass City manager Gary Edwards said that recovery is a long an painful process, but the community has come a long way since day one. 

On Aug. 25 Harvey left Aransas Pass and other Coastal Bend communities in shambles. The emergency management officials said from the start of Harvey till now over 475,000 cubic yards of debris have been cleaned from the city, which is not including what TxDot had picked up from roadways.

During the town hall meeting, different city departments and agencies repeatedly told citizens they are working to get everything back to normal. The primary concern raised by residents at the meeting is housing.

Dec. 4 the Aransas Pass City Council will discuss legislation that will suspend zoning regulations, so temporary housing can go up where possible. 

"The apartment complexes. Most are empty, so that means people have no place to stay. So that temporary housing solution is so critical for us. We wish it would go faster," City manager Gary Edwards said.

Another update at the meeting was that it could take eight months before the Regional Medical Care Center is entirely running. Currently, 80% of businesses in Aransas Pass are back open. 

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