As I write this, League City is recovering from one of the worst disasters in its history. Hurricane Harvey damaged more than 7,000 homes and flooded businesses. The fast-growing city is in recovery. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the people who have lost so much.

Mayor Pat Hallisey spent his September visiting hard-hit League City neighborhoods — including his own — to bolster spirits and remind people that “This nightmare is going to end.”

The storm changed a lot of things. As reported in this issue, intense debate ensued on Sept. 12 among League City council members squeezed between the disaster Hurricane Harvey wreaked at the end of August and the legal deadline to approve a budget by the end of September.

Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 in Rockport, about 200 miles south of League City, but in the 72 or so hours that followed, it dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some parts of the area, swelling creeks and bayous and flooding more than 20,000 homes in Galveston County.

League City Connection Associate Editor Valerie Wells, along with photographers, were committed to covering the crisis. And they’re committed to covering the recovery. League City Connection will be there throughout the long months ahead.

Wells’ commitment to League City coverage has earned her the new title of editor of this publication. I’ll continue in my role of overseeing the product and writing Biz Buzz, but I’m proud to announce that Wells is at the helm of this publication, the only one of its kind dedicated to League City. We plan to continue expanding our coverage of League City. We continue to seek input from readers. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Wells at valerie.wells@galvnews.com or laura.elder@galvnews.com. We both look forward to hearing from you.

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