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Hurricane Harvey: Rockport, Texas mayor Patrick Rios asks people to write names, details on bodies

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Rockport sits on the path of the powerful Hurricane Harvey. The city administration has asked the residents to vacate the city and shift to safer localities.

There have been warnings of major natural disasters as Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal areas of Texas. But before it hit Texas, the hurricane developed into a Category 4 storm with more than 200 kmp winds. Corpus Christi is among the first cities to have been hit by the powerful hurricane.

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Meanwhile Rockport mayor has asked the residents to evacuate to safer place. If the people don’t want to evacuate, he has advised them to jot down identifying information on their bodies.




On Friday, the mayor, Pro Tempore, Patrick Rios advised the resident of the city to either evacuate or make sure their remains can be identified.

While addressing a press conference he said, “We’re suggesting if people are going to stay here, mark their arm with a Sharpie pen with their name and Social Security number…We hate to talk about things like that…It’s not something we like to do, but it’s the reality, people don’t listen.”

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With an overwhelming white population, Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas with a population of around 8,766. Rockport is adjacent to the town of Fulton, and many refer to the combined communities as “Rockport-Fulton”; however, Rockport and Fulton are legally separate municipalities.

 

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