Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith got a first-hand look at the devastation Hurricane Harvey wreaked on Southeast Texas and Houston with an aerial tour of flooded areas. He also met with troops called in to help with the recovery.

Flying out of Camp Mabry in Austin, Smith toured military facilities at Katy High School and George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. He met with reservists, many from out of state, to thank them for helping Texas get back on its feet.

“Seeing the flooding devastation first hand is truly heartbreaking,” Smith said. “However, having the opportunity to meet and speak with the military and state task force personnel who are at the ready and working tirelessly to help Texans is about the best experience imaginable.”

After leaving Houston, Smith flew over Beaumont and Port Arthur, seeing the floodwaters still inundating homes in Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties.

“The Texas tenacity that drives us to rise to face the challenges of life are already on full display as Texas rebuilds,” Smith said. “People need to know the HHS family will be here to help them in every way that we can.”

HHS is working with the federal government to secure benefits to help storm victims. For more information, see the HHS Disaster Assistance webpage.

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