5 September 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
Following the devastating flood which struck Texas, United States of America, residents of the state returned to work on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Texas business owners and employers as well as university and transit services reopened for full service on Tuesday, some for the first time since Harvey rocked the state August 25.
Among the scores of Houston businesses that reopened their offices on Tuesday include Exxon Mobil, Halliburton and Chevron. Texas A & M University in Corpus Christi and the University of Houston also resumed classes on Tuesday.
However, Houston’s school district, the seventh largest in the nation, remains closed this week to repair flooded schools. The district has said about 75 of its 275 schools suffered extensive flood damage and will undergo major repairs before the district reopens.
Meanwhile, most roads have reopened but travel in some areas west of the city remains difficult as a result of the damage caused by the flood disaster.
Hurricane Harvey, the catastrophic storm that triggered severe flooding in Texas happened on Friday, August 25, 2017. Deadly floods devastated the Houston area, killed around 50 people, damaged properties worth billions of dollars and displaced tens of thousands of people who were hurried into emergency shelters.