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VP Pence vows to rebuild Rockport, affected towns on anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

'There's still a lot of hopelessness and despair,' Rockport resident says

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.

Pence - Rockport Church

LIVE: Vice president Mike Pence is at the First Baptist Church of Rockport, which was badly damaged in Hurricane Harvey.

Posted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Wednesday, 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."

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-harvey

Posted by KSAT 12 & KSAT.com on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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