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Grayson County adopts hard-hit Gulf Coast community

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- Grayson County's Office of Emergency Management is putting boots to the ground to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The OEM held a meeting last month to share the idea of adopting one Texas Gulf Coast county to better address specific needs.

At the group's second Harvey recovery meeting Thursday morning, they decided to focus on Aransas County. Rockport, the county seat, took a direct hit from the full force of the Category 4 storm.

Hurricane Harvey damage in Rockport, Texas
Rockport, Texas, was extensively damaged by Hurricane Harvey. (KRIS)

Right now, the Grayson County contingent plans on helping the area with transporting inmates to court, because the Aransas County Courthouse was destroyed.

Grayson County OEM Director Sarah Somers said after speaking with Aransas County Judge C.H. Mills Jr., their needs truly tugged at her heart.

"His response was, 'Well, we'll adopt you right back!'" Somers said. "This is the way we hope a lot of communities can do things like this. It's going to take years for Aransas County and other counties in Texas to recover."

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office also attended the meeting, and said they plan on sending five deputies down to Aransas County by Tuesday.

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