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Hurricane Harvey Slams Texas With Devastating -2-

27 Aug 2017 4:53 am

Charles Wagner, the Brazoria County sheriff, had a blunt warning for residents who disobeyed the orders: "You're on your own until after the storm is over with," he said. "I'm not going to risk the lives of my people to go in there for somebody that voluntarily stayed and then all of a sudden wants to come out."

In Corpus Christi, city officials had strongly encouraged people in low-lying areas to leave, but officials didn't issue a mandatory evacuation order. Mayor Joe McComb defended the city's decision not to order people out, saying he had consulted at length with local officials.

Rockport residents Carroll and Elaine Overturf weathered Harvey inland Friday night, at a hotel in Alice, Texas. On Saturday, they worried about the condition they would find their home in when they were able to return.

Their tan one-story house is close to a high school and an H-E-B grocery store that were reportedly damaged when the storm made landfall nearby.

"I'm very weepy," said Elaine Overturf, 79. "We just don't know." "We expect to hear the worst and kinda view today as the first day of recovery," Caroll Overturf, 82, added.

Bob Berg, a 78-year-old former federal prosecutor, was among those who stayed. Mr. Berg said he has lived in his Corpus Christi home for 35 years and never left for any of the previous storms that have hammered that part of Texas. He said he had no plans to leave now.

Mr. Berg, whose wife died 10 years ago, said his daughter, a doctor in Galveston, has called him to check in. But he laughed it off, instead giving her advice on how to keep his grandchildren safe during the storm.

"I wish it were a good day, so I could work on my boat," he said, gesturing toward a wooden boat he has been building. "What can we do? It's Mother Nature. We just wait it out until it's over with."

Erica E. Philips and Alexa Corse contributed reporting to this article.

Write to Dan Frosch at dan.frosch@wsj.com, Erin Ailworth at Erin.Ailworth@wsj.com and Russell Gold at russell.gold@wsj.com
 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 27, 2017 00:53 ET (04:53 GMT)

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