For many victims of Hurricane Harvey, the clean up is just beginning.
Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday a big change in how the state is handling the recovery efforts.
As soon as Harvey left, state and federal resources started pouring into the Coastal Bend. At a briefing in Corpus Christi this afternoon, Governor Abbott said the state's recovery effort is shifting into overdrive.
The Governor is establishing a commission to rebuild Texas. Now state reps for the Coastal Bend and county and city leaders have a direct pipeline to the Governor's office, and they can request action on things that need to get done. From there, they will quickly be connected with state agencies.
Many of those local leaders attended the Governor's update on emergency response and recovery efforts at the Nueces County Courthouse. Abbott also presented the person who will be the Commissioner for the task force: Chancellor John Sharp for the Texas A&M System.
His commission will focus on five main points. Those include coordinating state agencies, opening lines of communication with storm victims, and helping citizens understand and get access to all the state and federal resources available. The task force will also advocate for storm victims before Congress and the state legislature, and give storm victims access to expertise while they are rebuilding their communities.
The commission's mandate makes it clear that local officials will have direct contact with state agencies to expedite the issues that need to be taken care of.
At the briefing, local leaders expressed concerns about all the debris that needs to be removed and mosquitoes after the storm. The governor says solutions to both of those problems will be at the top of the list for the commission.
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