Katy begins to clean up after the storm

By Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor, Sofia Ojeda - Anchor/Reporter

KATY, Texas - Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as the first major hurricane to make landfall since 2005. It came in as a Category 4 hurricane, then sat over the Houston area as a tropical storm for several days dumping massive amounts of rain.

Several communities were left under water in Katy and many areas were forced to evacuate. Emergency responders including national guardsmen had to use high water rescue vehicles, and boats to pull people from their homes.

Dozens of National Guard troops slept on the floor in the hallway of Katy High School so evacuees could have a more comfortable place to sleep.

After being out in the high water rescuing people for hours, the tweet posted by Katy football included a line that said, "Thank you for all that you do."

As floodwaters recede in many parts of the Houston area, cleanup also begins.

In one Katy neighborhood, residents are hoping to get their homes back in order and return to some sense of normalcy.

Huge piles of debris lined the streets of Blue Bonnet Lane near Katy High School. Damaged furniture, carpet, drywall and wooden frames all ruined by floodwaters sat in front of almost every home on the street.

There is no date when debris pickup will begin. City of Katy officials said everyone affected should start cleaning now and put debris on the curb. Residents will  be notified when pickup will begin.

The city is also asking for those who suffered damage to their homes from storm flooding to fill out a damage report.

Because the number of schools in area that are still under water and the number of people at Katy Independent School District shelters, classes are not scheduled to resume until Sept. 11.

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