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Galveston County
Galveston County Commissioners Court Special Meeting
by John David Suayan
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Galveston County Commissioners Court, in a special meeting held today, voted unanimously to continue the local disaster declaration for the county in light of Hurricane Harvey.

County Judge Mark Henry provided an update on the storm’s impact on the county. Listen (30:22)

“As of today, parts of Galveston County have received 41 inches of rain,” said Judge Henry. “Our annual rainfall averages are 49 inches of rain. We received just short of a year’s worth of rain in three days.”

Judge Henry reported that Harvey is moving on an eastward track.

He said the county sustained “significant, widespread” devastation.

“My best guess is that 40,000 residents have been displaced or will be displaced,” said the county judge. “That’s approximately 15 percent of the entire county.”

Judge Henry added that he took a tour of Dickinson by airboat, warning that parts of the city cannot be rebuilt.

“We were driving over the tops of vehicles,” he said.

He said parts of League City and smaller portions of Santa Fe were “forced out” by flooding.

The commissioners court voted unanimously to hold its regular meetings every other Monday at 9:30 a.m. A start date has not been determined.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously with all members present. Special Meeting Agenda

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