How a CAT 4 impacted a city

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas town of Rockport as a powerful Category 4 storm, destroying 80 % of the structures, leaving homes destroyed and without power for the foreseeable future.  Then, in unprecedented fashion, this storm circled back out into the Gulf of Mexico to gather strength, and move to the Houston area, where she pounded 51 inches of rain into the city.

Streets, homes, businesses flooded.  Boot evacuations were the norm for 3 days, as water rose throughout Harris county.  Roads closed, for weeks.  And in an unprecedented move, in order to protect the integrity of the Baker and Addicks reservoirs, a controlled release of water flooded a large section of the Westside community.

In the following series of stories, the new Howler News staff reports on the impact of Hurricane Harvey and the new school year, specifically Westside.