ARANSAS PASS, Texas (KETK) - On Tuesday, the Aransas Pass Police Department went all in on the Washington Post following a recent article about the city recovering from Harvey.
The article titled, "'Nowhere else to go': Small Texas towns decimated by hurricane struggle to rebuild amid poverty," was published on Sunday by author Mary Lee Grant.
On Facebook, the APPD shot back at the outlet stating, "Sadly, the writer wasn't well informed and used the power of the pen to inaccurately sensationalize her report about AP. Unfortunately, #FakeNews seems to attract more these days than factually based news. Therefore, allow me to differentiate between fact and fiction…"
Chief Eric Blanchard with the APPD looked to clear up what he calls #FakeNews Grant published about the city:
FAKE: ARANSAS PASS is a shrimping and tourist town of about 3,000.
FACT: ARANSAS PASS has a population of more than 8000. Aransas Pass was once homeport to the largest shrimp boat fleet in the USA but that fazed out in the 80's because of the cost of diesel, TEDS, and other factors. The Shrimping industry will always be part of our heritage here in Aransas Pass, and we celebrate that heritage every year at our annual Shrimporee Festival (https://www.aransaspass.org/shrimporee/). The current economic make up of Aransas Pass is well balanced and includes retail, industry, and tourism.
FAKE: Schools have shut down for the year.
FACT: APISD hired a contractor on August 31st and stated that their goal is to have all campuses up and running on October 16. The crews have been working around the clock and APISD posts daily updates on the progress through their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Aransas-Pass-ISD-1791534157743798/). As of today, many of their sports teams have resumed practices.
FAKE: The only hospital in the area serving 90,000 has been shut down indefinitely.
FACT: The hospital is working to rebuild. In fact, we just toured it today to learn first-hand the truth about its future. Maybe the Washington Post should have done the same. Additionally, there are 4 minor emergency clinics at an average of 12 miles away. Aransas Pass is a 20 mile drive from Corpus Christi that has a population of over 300,000 and has 7 major hospitals and numerous other medical facilities to suit the temporary needs of our community.
FACT: Aransas Pass is a small caring community actively rebuilding and planning to bounce back better than ever. About 25% of small businesses are already back up and running, 95% of the electric service has been restored throughout the community and water service is almost at 100%. The truth is, Aransas Pass is a resilient community comprised of neighbors helping neighbors. We have had about 5000 volunteers coming through our community since Harvey's destruction hit, and progress has been nothing short of amazing!
- Chief Blanchard
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