Rosharon Texas, a small farming town 30 miles south of Houston, was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Not only did its Cambodian-American residents lose their homes and businesses to floodwaters, but the town’s buildings became petri dishes of dangerous mold and bacteria.
The Town Hurricane Harvey Ruined
Published August 15, 2018
Onscreen: One of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey was Rosharon, Texas, a Cambodian farming town 30 miles south of Houston.
Vong can't swim, but he braved the bacteria-filled waters to find help.
Female Translator: So, they couldn’t wait for a boat because the water was getting higher and higher. He waded out himself and went to higher ground, so he could go call somebody for help. And when he waded out there, it went up to his neck.
Onscreen: Residents lost their homes and their business growing water spinach. The farms here supply Houston's biggest asian markets and restaurants. Harvey's toxic water made the crops inedible.
Female Translator: He has no income, he has no place to live, he is trying to survive hour by hour, not even day by day. He doesn’t know what is coming next, he’s just waiting for somebody to help.
Onscreen: Wet from flooding, homes here and throughout the region became petri dishes of dangerous mold and bacteria. Spores float into the air and into residents' lungs, caution serious health hazards. Months after Harvey, this village is still recovering.
- Produced and Directed by
- Liesl Clark
- Liesl Clark
- Edited by
- Jean Dunoyer and Arlo Perez
- © WGBH Educational Foundation 2018