I originally made a pledge not to show the personal devastation here in Port Aransas. I am keeping that pledge but feel compelled to show some of the effects of Hurricane Harvey on our three bird sanctuaries. This is a side of a disaster one normally does not see. Also, this is a side of a disaster which by necessity becomes a secondary priority to recovery. The city has been making repeated pleas to the state and the federal government to release disaster funds to restore basic services. So far, other larger cities have been granted aid while Port Aransas continues to struggle. You can draw a comparison to the city wide damage from these views of the birding centers.
Here is a photo that I took in the summer of the entrance to the Birding center
Here is what is left of the boardwalk
Here is a closer shot of the observation tower
I took this shot of the pier at Charle’s Pasture this summer.
Here is all that remains.
This sign shows the power of the wind
This is a photo looking back toward the pier. You can see the sidewalk is missing.
Here is a chalkboard picture I took a while ago at Paradise Pond.
A lone message remains.
I also took a picture of the beautiful pond teaming with life.
The way the pond is after the salt water incursion.
A previous picture of the Paradise Pond woods and attempts to save a tree taken before the hurricane.
Now all the trees are in danger.
I never got a photo of the new walkway at Paradise Pond but here is what it looks like today.
As you can imagine there is still a lot to do. Thanks for taking this tour. I know it wasn’t very pleasant but if anyone asks, tell them Port Aransas needs some attention from the government.