ROCKPORT, Texas – The town of Rockport has made tremendous strides in the year since Hurricane Harvey clawed its way over the Texas coast, but the recovery is not complete. Many business owners struggle to get their businesses back up to financial strength, while others struggle to make it back into their homes.
Gone are the massive piles of debris that once lined many streets in the coastal community, but the signs and sounds of construction remain.
“It's been a little rough, but making it,” said Chris Chriswisser.
The lingering effects of Harvey cut both ways for Chriswisser, a local contractor. Chriswisser said he was laid off from his refinery job due to damage at the plant, but he soon found plenty of work helping repair damaged homes in Rockport and Fulton.
However, this has left him little time to repair his own hurricane-battered home.
“I have a camper I've been having to live in with my wife and kids. It’s been challenging,” he said. “Really all we can do is one day at a time. When we do get money, then we go and work on our house a little bit.”
Some of the hotels and townhomes that took a beating during several hours of hurricane-force winds are also still not yet open. Many believe seeing these businesses reopen is key to the area’s full recovery, since tourists are crucial to the economy.
Some smaller businesses have returned, while others couldn't weather the financial losses.