Motiva, the largest crude oil refinery in the United States, can be seen in the distance from Port Arthur on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Flood-damaged debris is piled outside of homes in the foreground.
Motiva, the largest crude oil refinery in the United States, can be seen in the distance from Port Arthur. Flood-damaged debris is piled outside of homes in the foreground. Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

In cities, small towns and rural communities throughout southeast Texas, the floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey have receded, but mountains of debris remain. One month after the storm, people are living in tents and trailers or sleeping on the couches of friends and family as they take stock of the damage to their homes and wait for promised help to arrive. After the Category 4 storm made landfall near Rockport on Aug. 25, it lingered inland over the Gulf Coast for four days, dropping almost 50 inches of rain in the Port Arthur-Beaumont area alone.

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Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in...

Michael Stravato

Michael Stravato

Michael Stravato is a photographer for the Texas Tribune.