The aftermath of Harvey: One month later

Published: Sep. 22, 2017 at 4:11 PM EDT
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Michelle Frankfort has a Texas-sized problem sitting on her front lawn.

"It's not acceptable we are trying to move forward as a city and this to meet causes a health hazard."

One month after Harvey hit and 3 weeks after she cleared out her home, she's still looking at mountains of molding memories, complete with horseflies and a constant smell of mildew.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is helping lead recovery efforts in southeast Texas.

"There's been some hiccups, and there's a limited number."

Household debris ends up in larger piles like this one. Trucks have only removed about 5% of Harvey's wreckage.

In southeast Texas, close to 800,000 people have applied for FEMA assistance.The agency has already paid out more than five-hundred $70 million to individuals for temporary housing, cars and cash for immediate needs.

The Insurance Council of Texas estimates there are about a quarter million flooded cars and trucks.Thousands are parked at a Houston-area speedway.

Insurance companies have already taken care of a billion dollars worth in claims and that number is expected to triple.

On top of that, at least 2,000 people remain in shelters and many schools have not yet started. Local officials say they're looking at revamping old floodplain maps to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"We have to make sure people no longer build in areas that can't be protected from flooding," Harris says.

For Michelle Frankfort, she can't even think about the future until the past is carted away, and that could take 6 months.