It took a massive effort to deal with the flooding in the Houston, Texas, area due to Hurricane Harvey, and it is going to take the same to handle the recovery. It will take time.

The losses to public and private property are staggering. Some people lost everything. Their homes were destroyed. Others suffered major and minor damages to their property. Businesses that were flooded also face major recovery, along with infrastructure damage that the city and state face.

Higher gasoline prices already have resulted from damage to oil-refining facilities and pipelines.

The federal government has readied a $5.9 billion initial payment to help with the recovery. The Associated Press reported that the eventual Harvey recovery total may equal the $100 billion-plus in taxpayer-financed help for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Predictions are that the total aid needed may be as high as $150 billion.

It will take years before the recovery is completed in metro Houston. Some people may move to flood-safer locations. If you live in a flood-prone area, it will happen again. It’s just a matter of when. We know that in Missouri.

The outpouring of aid to Houston brought out the best in first responders and volunteers. Cooperation was outstanding among all of the first responder agencies and volunteers. Houston set an example for all Americans.

Will Houston ever be like it was before the hurricane hit?