ROCKPORT, Texas – As towns along the Texas Coastal Bend relive the horror of Hurricane Harvey one year later, Vice President Mike Pence is pushing community members to stay the course of rebuilding and to keep their faith.
Pence arrived in Texas on Wednesday and traveled to Rockport where Harvey first made landfall Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane.
The vice president was joined by city leaders, residents, and disaster relief volunteers at the First Baptist Church of Rockport to learn about the recovery efforts in the area.
With not an empty seat inside the church, Pence addressed hundreds of people with words of encouragement, vowing to always offer a helping hand in rebuilding Rockport.
"I know I speak for the president and I know I speak for (the) governor when I say, 'We are more proud than any other aspect by the volunteer effort of the good and caring and faithful led people of Texas,'" Pence said.
Arrived in Corpus Christi today to tour the recovery efforts in Texas nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey. Thanks for the warm greeting from @GovAbbott, Rep. Michael Cloud, Mayor Joe McComb, and the GREAT people of the Lone Star State. pic.twitter.com/QTLCkmfaDU— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 22, 2018
Pence's visit marked his the second time in Rockport after touring the small town of more 10,000 people just a week after Harvey's deadly destruction.
"I'm glad to see that the vice president came back a year later to follow up with what had happened," Chris Ray, who lives in Rockport, said. "We are still recovering and there's still a lot of hopelessness and despair."
.@VP Mike Pence will be arriving soon at the First Baptist Church of Rockport to speak with the community just days from the one year anniversary mark of Hurricane Harvey. This is how the church looked after Harvey made landfall & how it looks today #KSATnews #RockportStrong pic.twitter.com/UQzZOn1Q9Z— Adrian Garcia (@adrianrolgarcia) August 22, 2018
Dora Cantu, who now lives in San Antonio, said there is still hope in rebuilding her Rockport home that was destroyed by Harvey.
"It's hard. It's very hard you lose everything. Be grateful for what you have because you never know," Cantu said.
The vice president pledged to people in attendance that the government will continue providing aid for those affected by Harvey, saying Texas will be bigger and better than ever before.
Mike Pence in Rockport
LIVE LOOK: Vice President Mike Pence is in Rockport visiting the First Baptist Church of Rockport, which was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. STORY: https://www.ksat.com/weather/hurricane-harvey/rockport-recovery/vp-pence-to-visit-rockport-wednesday-pay-tribute-to-anniversary-of-hurricane-harveyPosted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Wednesday, August 22, 2018