A week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, the Texas Coastal Bend is just beginning to assess the massive damage and devastating losses to agricultural crops and infrastructures. Cotton fields are denuded, flooded, and covered in mud and debris. Cotton gins have been severely damaged and many will be out of service for the remainder of the 2017 ginning season. Cotton modules have been ripped apart, ruined by water and blown away. Cattle are scattered.
Many farm families in the Hurricane's path have lost homes. "Some have nothing left but the clothes they had on when the storm hit," says one farmer who had some damage to property and some crop loss, but considered himself fortunate compared to some of his neighbors. He was also buoyed by the response of volunteers who showed up with chainsaws, front end loaders and little more than work gloves to begin the long, arduous process of cleaning up and starting over.
These photos, from various sources in the area hit by the storm show some of the damage. Based on reports from the field, these, dramatic as they are, can't come close to presenting the staggering loss the region has suffered.