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Galveston County the Daily News (Newspaper) - September 18, 2017, Galveston, TexasMonday september 18,2017 a h 87 l 79 a a12 a $1government disability backlog tops 1 million thousands die on wait list a7 tows a a pm r a i bus Iii. Since 1842 a 175 years researcher bacteria Levels now Safe in Clear Lake a3 inside Small business administration Loans aim to help uninsured a3 a Harvey recovery Czar faces limits to future proofing Texas a9 Harvey recovery a this Nightmare is going to end league City mayor visits hard hit neighbors by Valerie Wells a league City mayor Pat Hallisey stopped his pickup truck Friday in Clear greek Village when he spotted one of his neighbors sorting through flood damaged belongings in her front Yard. A a were she said. She walked Over to the truck to Tel him How unbelievable the devastation of Hurricane Harvey a flooding had been. Her eyes filled with tears. Hallisey has spent his september visiting hard hit league City neighbourhoods a including his own a with a Mission to lift spirits. A this Nightmare is going to end a Hallisey said. A if you done to Tell them its going to be of they Are going to fall into despair Harvey made landfall aug. 25 in Rockport about 200 Miles South of league City but in the 72 or so hours that followed it dumped More than 50 inches of rain in some parts of the area swelling creeks and bayous and flooding 7,700 Homes in the Community. Those 7,700 flooded Homes represent about 23 percent of the City a residences. Assistant City manager to Bass said. Of the see mayor a a4 Stuart Villanueva league City mayor Pat Hallisey Speaks with resident Rusty Vidrine outside of his flood damaged House in league City on Friday. Harvey repairs Quot the Best estimate i be heard for drying out is two weeks then we can demo and begin on Melissa Tortorici Texas City Independent school District spokeswoman repairs underway at la Marque school displaced students beginning second week in new classrooms by Marissa Barnett the daily news a la Marque about 1,60 1 la Marque students Are starting their second week in makeshift classrooms As. Three schools in the District undergo repairs from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. A tilings Are going As Best As. They can a Texas City Independent school District spokeswoman Melissa Tortorici said. The Texas City school District annexed the la Marque Independent school District in 2016 by order of the state. Crews Are working on airing and drying out damaged schools and repairing buckled floors and coming tuesday do changes in the weather increase the risk of premature births Harvey Economy county will Bounce Back but How High by Matt Degrooot the daily news most business leaders and experts agree that Hurricane Harvey will cause an economic downturn in the Short term partly offset by recovery and rebuilding. The storm Vised businesses scattered employees greatly slowed tourism m a county that heavily depends pm it and left hundreds without Job or with shortened work w bed Ules a there will tie conferences and tourism that businesses miss out on said Michael Hicks the director of the Center for business and economic research at Ball state University in Indiana. See Economy a As inside see schools a As Stuart Villanueva Fie daily news a worker walks past temporary air ducts used to dry out water damage at la Marque Middle school in la Marque on wednesday. Emmy Quot big Little lies Quot Quot the handmaid s tale and Quot sol win big a a6 Harvey hotel occupancy tax Park Board hot tax exemption wont affect revenues for year by Samantha Ketterer the daily news a Galveston the Galveston Park Board of trustees Isnit expecting a drop in hotel occupancy tax collections for the year despite some temporary state exemptions to the Rule officials with the tourism group said. Gov. Greg Abbott suspended the hotel occupancy tax or hot collections through sept. 22 for people living in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey and for people involved in Harvey related Relief efforts. The City and state collect a 9 percent and 6 percent tax respectively each month from hotels motels and Short term rentals on the Island. Much of those taxes Are poured Back into efforts to promote tourism in Galveston. Still the exemption lower the amount of Money the City takes in from the tax Park Board executive director Kelly de Schaun said. A a this year will be another record breaking season in terms of the number of visitors and the amount of hot collected a de Schaun said. A the storm hit at the very end of our fiscal year. Its unfortunate however that it came on the heels of the last Long weekend of the tourism season labor Day weekend which is one of our busiest weekends of the Harvey made landfall aug. 25 in Rockport about 200 Miles South of the county but in the Days that followed it dumped More than 50 of rain in some parts of the area swelling see tax a a 4 Index abbya12 lottoa2 movies a2 0bitsb11 opiniona8 sportsb1 tv/comicsb6-7 a a vol. 175, no. 159 45485 "00100ilh 7

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