Senator John Cornyn joined Governor Greg Abbott on a tour of the hard-hit area of Rockport on Monday and pledged the use of all resources to help the community.
Senator Cornyn and Governor Abbott surveyed the fury that Harvey unleashed on the coastal town. Cornyn mentioned that at this time, the need for patience while crews work to clean up the damage is necessary:
I think patience is going to be in short supply. The longer this lasts, the more people are out of their homes. They're tired now, but they're glad to be alive and they're welcoming the assistance they're seeing coming from all across the country. But, after the cameras go away, the problems are going to remain. And it's gonna be hard to keep your wits about you and keep patient. But that's going to be required.
Governor Abbott also went on to visit with city leaders in Corpus Christi. He mentioned that the top priority for now is getting power restored to the area. He also assured storm victims that assistance will be available:
Everyone needs to know this, because there are people out there who are desperately trying to get... lets say... funds they need to be able to stay in a hotel, because they have no place to reside. One of the places you can go is to disasterassistance.gov.
The 18 counties declared disaster areas include Nueces, Aransas, San Patricio, Refugio, Bee, Goliad, Kleberg, Calhoun and Victoria.
More counties could be added to the list at a later time.