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Lessons from a Storm

“Harvey’s not over”: School’s about to start — but the trauma from Hurricane Harvey lingers

Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey submerged Port Arthur, students are still fighting its effects as they return to school.

Darby Dugay, 17, sits for a portrait in the bedroom of her FEMA mobile home after Hurricane Harvey flooded her family's house in Port Arthur, TX. Dugay has focused much of her energy into sports and marching band as her family continues to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.

Lessons from a Storm

When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast last year, it upended the lives of the state’s teachers and students — in the classroom and at home. 

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"Where else are they going to go?"

Camper trailers and storage containers are a common sight in the front yards of many Port Arthur residents as people try to repair their Harvey-damaged homes.
Repairs continue to be made at the Arthur Square Apartment Complex after Harvey rains flooded the first story units in Port Arthur, TX.

Senior year starts, but friends missing

Dabry Dugay, 17, holds her doll Austina that was salvaged from Hurricane Harvey wreckage. Dugay, an athlete and musician in school, lost a grand piano, several keyboards and a guitar during the flood.

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