PORT ARTHUR, Tex. (KBTX) KBTX news anchor Rusty Surette was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. When Hurricane Harvey slammed into Southeast Texas it flooded the town of nearly 60,000 people and trapped his family inside their homes.
Rusty was finally able to make it into the heart of the city on Sunday to speak with his parents and sister, who was rescued by the Cajun Navy. He also spoke with a longtime family friend who described what it was like to survive the historic and deadly storm.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday 53,630 Texas residents displaced by Harvey are currently staying in government-funded hotel rooms.
FEMA spokesman Bob Howard said the temporary housing has been provided for 18,732 households. Once people are granted the assistance there is a minimum allotment of 14 days, but that can be extended on a case-by-case basis.
FEMA is currently using vacant hotel rooms to provide temporary housing, but officials also are weighing other options such as mobile homes should the need arise.
Under another FEMA program, displaced residents who are able to find their own apartment can receive two months of paid rent upfront and can qualify for more as needed.