What happened during Ben Carson, state leaders' storm damage tour in Port Arthur?

By Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter

HOUSTON - This morning in Port Arthur, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas land commissioner George P. Bush toured three Port Arthur housing developments that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

This is Carson's third visit. 

On Friday, he was asking developers where the red tape is; looking for ways to accelerate the recovery.

"The other thing we're doing is learning from things that have happened in the past so that as new things are built and as remediation is done, we build on the knowledge that we have to get us more protection next time," Carson said.

Out of the three housing developments in Port Arthur, Bellbrook Estates Housing Development has 100 single-family affordable homes that were all destroyed by Harvey. These homes were built with funds from Hurricane Ike recovery. Now the development is providing families with containers so they can relocate again.

Abbott earned a round of applause for the check he presented them worth $2.6 million.

Meanwhile, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner just told KPRC2 that a looming tax hike depends on Houston getting state dollars.

"Of course it's up to city officials to make those decisions, it's not up to the state to tell him what to do or not to do. As the mayor knows, we are with them; working with them. I gave the mayor a check for almost $100 million to help pay for it, and there's more where that came from," Abbott said.

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