Port Mansfield rebuilds after storm ravaged city


PORT MANSFIELD, Texas (KVEO) — Hurricane Hanna ravaged through communities across the Rio Grande Valley, one of the hardest hit was Port Mansfield.

Powerful winds and heavy rain were too much for Midwest transplant Amanda Steffen.

“At nighttime, it got a little bit more nerve racking because it really picked up,” she said.

Last Saturday, category one Hurricane Hanna devastated the shoreline community and Steffen’s new property-The Sunset House Motel.

“We have probably about 50 percent of our roof left and we had 22 hotel rooms and we have nine that are still able to be rented and it took out all three of the apartments that we had here as well,” she said.

Since the storm, there are still RV’s overturned, fences destroyed and homes still significantly damaged, but neighbors are helping one another rebuild homes one by one.

“We had people drive by and help us with our trees, we offer to pay, they don’t want any money. They just want to be back to letting fishermen come here,” she said.

As roofs are repaired and the water recedes, she is grateful what was damaged can be replaced.

“Whatever needed the help, we just, it was literally back to business the next day everybody is out picking up their yards and doing what they had to do assessing the damage,” she said.

Willacy County officials said they are delivering water, ice and hot meals to the Port Mansfield Pavilion.

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