Houston Hurricane Harvey Recovery: Fifth Ward flood victim gets a new home years after the storm

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Every day for the past two months, Clara Logan has spent her evenings sitting in the church parking lot across from her Fifth Ward home.

It went from a pile of rubble to a clean slate and finally to a four bedroom, two bathroom house painted baby blue.

It took builders from the Texas General Land Office’s Harvey Restoration Program just two months to build the house, and during that time Logan wanted to get used to the feeling of entering it without her husband for the first time.

“Right now I just want to get used to being in the house. I have to adjust to the new house and just be here with me and my kids,” Logan told 13 Investigates.

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Logan and her husband Kenneth dreamed of rebuilding their home after Hurricane Harvey flooded it in 2017. They were among thousands who had applied to the city of Houston’s Harvey Homeowner Assistance Program.

But more than two years after the storm, the state GLO, which gave the city the ability to manage its own recovery program with federal funds, took over Houston’s program due to slow progress.

On April 22, 2020, the GLO sent a letter to the city saying it “can no longer allow the city to impede the progress of recovery efforts for Houston residents.”

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“It was heartbreaking because not only was it heartbreaking for me, it was heartbreaking for my husband and it kept his illness going and it just kept getting worse,” Logan said.

Logan’s husband died in 2020.

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After waiting years for help, Logan said she received an email on Jan. 28, 2021, saying her application had been forwarded to the GLO by the city of Houston. She said she was skeptical at first but wanted to fulfill her husband’s dream.

On January 14, Logan’s home was demolished so the GLO could build her a new, raised home to protect the home from future flooding.

“It’s fun, but it will take a while. It will take time to get used to,” Logan said. “We celebrate without the main character. We’re partying without him, so it’s going to be quite difficult.”

Though it was a bittersweet day, the nights Logan spent in the parking lot across the street prepared her for the emotions without moving her man in.

“I actually pictured him standing there when I opened that door. He stood on the inside. I saw that,” she said. “He’s in here, waiting for us to come home.”

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