Coastal Bend leaders talk disaster funding

Among many topics discussed housing was a significant debate.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Local leaders met Wednesday morning with the members of the Texas House to talk about government funding following Hurricane Harvey.
 
The public hearing was held at Del Mar College's Center for Economic Development and was a chance for several area mayors to let the legislators know what challenges the Coastal Bend still faces.
 
"They should hear from our folks on how impacted they've been, " Representative Todd Hunter said. 
 
At a town hall meeting in Rockport, Hunter assured resident's he will make sure the Coastal Bend is a priority.
  
"We're a wind zone, we've been the first forgotten. So I'd like to make sure that we get our just do in money's allocated," Hunter said. 
 
Earlier local officials including Hunter, Judge Loyd Neal, and Mayors across the region shared the devastation that still plagues their communities.
 
"$47 million in damages to just city facilities alone," Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan.
 
 Disaster Impact and Recovery Subcommittee on Appropriations heard all the comments. 
 
"They were very interested, very engaged. Our folks did great, but the biggest thing is we got the message," Hunter said.
 
Among many topics, discussed housing was a significant debate.
 
"You can't rebuild a community if your citizens don't have a place to live and our citizens don't have a place to live. In Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Refugio right up to Rockport, " Neal said.
 
The committee will have two or more hearings, and then they will make recommendations on state funding.
 
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