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It seems intuitive that people who have less money or fewer social privileges can’t recover from major fires as easily. But most people aren’t aware of the extent and nature of the damages.
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Recovery in rural areas and small towns like Tivoli, Bayside and Austwell is vastly different from cities like Houston, where public and private funding flooded the city as quickly as Harvey’s rains did.
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After learning about a Vietnam veteran who moved into his car after Hurricane Harvey, volunteers from the Texas Gulf Coast jumped in to help him clean up his home.
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The problems that come with wealth inequality are long-entrenched in the Texas Gulf Coast, where people like Angelica Castaneda are struggling to rebuild.
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One year later, residents fear those in power may forget the unincorporated town of Bloomington, Texas, where there isn’t a local government to fight for grant money or resources to rebuild.
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Houstonians may experience a public health crisis many orders of magnitude worse than the aftermath of other major storms.

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