Chapter 9: We’re Still Standing

Words from Survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Rockport


In this chapter, survivors of Hurricane Harvey share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Their words illustrate just how impactful tragic events can be and are offered as a show of support for others who have experienced similar crises.




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Five years ago on August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed into Rockport, Texas with Category 4 sustained winds of 130 miles per hour and gusts reaching much higher. Harvey destroyed homes, ruined businesses, and uprooted lives across the Coastal Bend of Texas.


Hurricanes are not new but a part of life in the Coastal Bend and the ways communities have rebuilt and recovered, as well as the harrowing stories of survival, are a part of the region’s heritage.


The opinions expressed in the video presentations and in the following chapters are solely those of the presenter(s) and not necessarily those of the Texas Historical Commission. This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat mental health conditions.



This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant number CAGML-247929-OMLS-20, in cooperation with the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.


Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, número de subvención federal CAGML-247929-OMLS-20, en cooperación con la Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.