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September 13, 2013

5 years after Ike slammed coast, rebuilding of lives, communities continue

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Lessons learned

Prince said there are still reminders of Ike — even a few remaining blue tarps placed on Ike-damaged rooftops in the storm’s immediate aftermath.

“We still have individuals working with insurance companies. Some did not have insurance, and we had homes abandoned so the city had to take them over.

Citizens are still applying for housing through the SETRPC, and the city of Port Arthur has a lot of demolition, infrastructure repairs and roads to resurface, all damaged from Ike, and to be funded with Round II dollars.

Still, Prince said she is glad to see all that has been accomplished, but hopes Ike taught a lesson.

“I am hoping we have learned if there is a hurricane out there, and an evacuation is called, I am praying that people now understand the need to leave the city,” Prince said.

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Mary Meaux contributed to this story.

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