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Hurricane Harvey: Museums Take Stock, Recover

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on August 25, large swaths of the state have been battered by torrential downpours, leaving at least five people dead and many more injured. Homes and businesses across the region have been flooded by rains that could total up to 50 inches, a record for the state. Houston — the fourth-largest city in the United States — was hit particularly hard.

Flood threats are expected to continue over the next few days as heavy rainfall persists across Texas and Louisiana. Some cultural institutions will be unable to assess the extent of the damage until the rains subside, while others have miraculously managed to avoid the worst of the storm.

Others, however, have not been so lucky. The Rockport Center for the Arts, an art center and 10,000-square-foot sculpture park near Corpus Christi, has sustained “serious external damage,” wrote director Luis Purón in a Facebook message. “It remains unclear if all the sculptures in the Sculpture Garden collection survived the 130 miles-per-hour winds of Harvey’s category 4 direct impact.”

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This Quick Read was submitted by Dan Hounsell, editor-in-chief of Facility Maintenance Decisions, To read more about resources for flood recovery, visit For more on equipment rental considerations in preparing for flooding, visit


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