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Cities hit by Harvey still struggling but finding normalcy

HOUSTON (AP) – Many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey, a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston.

But daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit-communities.

In the Houston area, the mountains of debris that lined streets after Harvey flooded more than 150,000 homes are gone.

FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey surround homes in Port Arthur, Texas. Many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey, a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston. But daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

In Rockport, where Harvey made landfall, the city had rebuilt enough by this summer to welcome back tourists.

Far up the coast in Port Arthur, where only 15 to 20 percent of residents had flood insurance, many remain in trailers but see hope in small victories.

Though it could take a decade to fully recover from Harvey, officials say Texas has made great strides. However, they acknowledge the process has been at times frustrating.

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Paul England Jr., right, helps Michael Brown move bedroom furniture floating in his flooded home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, in Port Arthur, Texas. Many families across Texas are still struggling a year after Hurricane Harvey's destructive winds and biblical rainfall. But daily life has for the most part returned to normal routines in many of the cities hit hardest by the storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, Paul England Jr., right, helps Michael Brown move bedroom furniture floating in his flooded home in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey, in Port Arthur, Texas. Many families across Texas are still struggling a year after Hurricane Harvey’s destructive winds and biblical rainfall. But daily life has for the most part returned to normal routines in many of the cities hit hardest by the storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, a man walks past debris from homes on his street damaged in flooding from Hurricane Harvey as an oil refinery stands in the background in Port Arthur, Texas. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo, a man walks past debris from homes on his street damaged in flooding from Hurricane Harvey as an oil refinery stands in the background in Port Arthur, Texas. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, flood damaged debris from homes lines the street in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. While it could take a decade to fully recover from Harvey, which came ashore Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, officials say Texas has already made great strides. However, they acknowledge that federal recovery funding has been slow in coming for some residents and that many are feeling frustrated and forgotten. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, flood damaged debris from homes lines the street in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. While it could take a decade to fully recover from Harvey, which came ashore Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, officials say Texas has already made great strides. However, they acknowledge that federal recovery funding has been slow in coming for some residents and that many are feeling frustrated and forgotten. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, a Texas flag hangs outside a home damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. While it could take a decade to fully recover from Harvey, which came ashore Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, officials say Texas has already made great strides. However, they acknowledge that federal recovery funding has been slow in coming for some residents and that many are feeling frustrated and forgotten. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, a Texas flag hangs outside a home damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. While it could take a decade to fully recover from Harvey, which came ashore Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, officials say Texas has already made great strides. However, they acknowledge that federal recovery funding has been slow in coming for some residents and that many are feeling frustrated and forgotten. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, volunteers Brock Warnick, right, and Colten Roberts remove drywall and insulation from a home which was damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, volunteers Brock Warnick, right, and Colten Roberts remove drywall and insulation from a home which was damaged by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, workers continue clearing debris from the home of Houston resident Chris Slaughter, whose house in the suburb of Kingwood was flooded by 5 1/2 feet of water during Harvey's torrential rainfall. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, workers continue clearing debris from the home of Houston resident Chris Slaughter, whose house in the suburb of Kingwood was flooded by 5 1/2 feet of water during Harvey’s torrential rainfall. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

FILE - This Oct. 19, 2017, file photo shows two workers removing equipment that is being used to clean up and dry the $13 million Harris County Jury Assembly Building in Houston, which is located underground and flooded during torrential rainfall after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and inundated the Houston-area as a tropical storm. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

FILE – This Oct. 19, 2017, file photo shows two workers removing equipment that is being used to clean up and dry the $13 million Harris County Jury Assembly Building in Houston, which is located underground and flooded during torrential rainfall after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas and inundated the Houston-area as a tropical storm. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, a stack of sheetrock sits in the living room of Mary and Paul Daulong's home in Houston as they continue rebuilding after it was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities.(AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, a stack of sheetrock sits in the living room of Mary and Paul Daulong’s home in Houston as they continue rebuilding after it was flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Although many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston, daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities.(AP Photo/Juan Lozano, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, workers pick up debris in a staircase of a four-story hotel exposed when the wall fell during Hurricane Harvey, in Rockport, Texas. While it could take a decade to fully recover from Harvey, which came ashore Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, officials say Texas has already made great strides. However, they acknowledge that federal recovery funding has been slow in coming for some residents and that many are feeling frustrated and forgotten. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2017, file photo, workers pick up debris in a staircase of a four-story hotel exposed when the wall fell during Hurricane Harvey, in Rockport, Texas. While it could take a decade to fully recover from Harvey, which came ashore Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, officials say Texas has already made great strides. However, they acknowledge that federal recovery funding has been slow in coming for some residents and that many are feeling frustrated and forgotten. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds up a t-shirt in Rockport, Texas, during a visit with individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey, a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston. But daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (Rachel Denny Clow/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holds up a t-shirt in Rockport, Texas, during a visit with individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many Texas families are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey, a year after it caused widespread damage and flooding along the Gulf Coast and in and around Houston. But daily life has mostly returned to normal in many of the hardest hit communities. (Rachel Denny Clow/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP, File)

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