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Goliad in post Harvey recovery mode

County officials working to restore power and water service

GOLIAD – Goliad County is another South Texas community dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The county's 7,500 residents spent Monday cleaning up toppled trees and waiting for power and water to be restored.

The Lowe's Market, a local grocery store in Goliad, was the center of activity in town Monday as volunteers and store employees gave out free cases of bottled water to residents who've been without water and power since midnight Friday.

Linda Rodriguez was one of several Goliad residents waiting in line for the free water.

"That's good, very, very good. Everyone needs water," a relieved Rodriguez said. "We're going to Beeville to get ice because we're down to nothing."

Volunteers loaded up one pickup truck which was on its way to make deliveries to residents who were unable to make it into town on their own.

"We've got people here they don't drive. We have a lot of shut-ins. We're an elderly community and we have a lot of poor people and we're just trying to get out and get the word out," volunteer coordinator Robin Alanize said.

As teams cleared downed trees with chainsaws around town electric crews worked on restoring power to get critical services back on line.

"We're trying to get power to the nursing home, the sewer, water, and ultimately the gas stations and then everybody else after that," said Goliad County Judge Pat Calhoun.

Calhoun was overseeing the community's recovery from the emergency operations center which was being operated out of a trailer.

We checked out Harvey damage in Goliad today. County Judge Pat Calhoun says they've been without power and water since...

Posted by KSAT Tim Gerber on Monday, August 28, 2017

Calhoun said Harvey hit them hard Friday night with about 11 inches of rain and winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Surprisingly, the damage left behind was relatively minimal.

"There's some structural damage but we had no serious injuries and we had no fatalities," Calhoun said. "I know of three families that were displaced because they lost part of their house, roof or whatever."

With no power and water Goliad's historic downtown was a ghost town. Classes and all activities at local schools have been cancelled until next Monday.

Even so, Calhoun said compared to other communities in Harvey's path, Goliad weathered the storm quite well and the recovery process should be fairly quick.

"We're a self sufficient scrappy bunch and this isn't our first hurricane," Calhoun said.

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