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AT&T helping Texas hurricane victims stay connected, waives wireless fees

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As Hurricane Harvey dumped feet of water on Houston last weekend, forcing thousands of people in southeast Texas to rooftops or higher ground, AT&T is helping those affected by the storm stay in contact.

“Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey and all of those who have friends and family there,” said AT&T representative Karen McAllister in a statement Monday. “Through at least Sept. 1, 2017, AT&T will issue credits to AT&T Wireless customers in impacted areas for additional data, voice and text charges, and AT&T PREPAID for additional voice and text charges.”

Credits will be issued to customers living in ZIP codes of the following Texas counties: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Wailer, Wharton and Wilson.

These counties are in the Texas Coastal Bend, which was hard hit by Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm but still expected to be a major rain event, dumping as much as 4 feet in some areas. As of Sunday, the storm — after making landfall between Houston and Corpus Christi — has killed at least two people and injured up to 14.

Authorities in Texas are not sure of the full scope of damage since weather conditions are preventing emergency crews from reaching the hardest-hit places. Meteorologists say Harvey could linger for days and unload another 40 inches of rain on the region, including flood-prone Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

AT&T will continue to monitor the storm’s impact throughout the week.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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