Hurricane Harvey
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About the Storm


Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. Making landfall as a Category 4 on August 25, 2017, Harvey inflicted tremendous damage across the Gulf coast. Over a four-day period, areas in the storm’s path received more than 40 inches of rain as the system moved over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of more than 50 inches, Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.

Mangled metal and debris protrude from a damaged building at Aransas NWR. Hurricane damage. Credit: USFWS. Mangled metal and debris protrude from a damaged building at Aransas NWR. Hurricane damage. Credit: USFWS.
Collapsed storage tanks surrounded on all sides by flood waters. Hurricane Harvey damage. Credit: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS. Collapsed and twisted board walk is resulting damage of Hurricane Harvey's force. Hurricane Harvey damage at Aransas NWR. Credit: USFWS.

Check the Hurricane Harvey Flickr Album for additional photos of the storm and its damage.

In addition to the loss of life and extensive damage to livelihood and property, the region's natural areas were greatly impacted. A dozen National Wildlife Refuges—home to whooping cranes, sea turtles, ocelots, and a multitude of other plant, fish and wildlife species—were impacted by the storm.

About Our Work
Staff has been working on rapid assessments of areas impacted.  These efforts will inform the more thorough cost and damage assessments. It is important to have accurate information to inform restoration and recovery efforts, while being good stewards of taxpayer’s money.

Crews begin clean up of debris at refuge. Credit: USFWS.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Acting External Affairs
Assistant Regional Director

For all other inquires, please contact:
Beth Ullenberg
Regional Outreach Coordinator
(505) 248-6638

Hurricane Harevy Flicker Album
Hurricane Harvey Flickr

Hurricane harvey fact Sheet
Hurricane Harvey Response Fact Sheet

FEMA Federal Resource page for Hurricane Harvey
FEMA Federal Resources for Hurricane Harvey

Last updated: October 3, 2018