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Channelview Tornado Aftermath - November, 1992

Harris County Archives

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  •  Clean-up crew briefs residents 
  •  Bulldozer clears debris 
  •  Red Cross vehicle 
  •  Tree dismembered from cherry picker 
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On November 21, 1992, the Houston Metro area was hit by six tornadoes; at one point three were on the ground at the same time. Some of the worst damage was wrought by an F4 tornado that tore through the East Houston suburb of Channelview. This footage captures the reaction of Harris County Precinct Two personnel in the aftermath of the Channelview tornado. Footage includes Commissioner Jim Fonteno speaking to his constituents about the clean up process as well as images of crews working to clear debris.

Covering an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, Harris County is the most populous county in Texas and the third most populous in the United States. Founded as Harrisburg County in 1836, it was renamed Harris County in 1839. While much of Harris County is covered by the city of Houston, it includes many other municipalities, including: Baytown, Bellaire, Clear Lake City, Crosby, Deer Park, Friendswood, Humble, Katy, La Porte, Missouri City, Morgan's Point, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Seabrook, Spring Valley, Tomball, Waller, and Webster. The films in this collection come to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image courtesy of the Harris County Archives and reflect the range of activities and services that the county provides for its constituents.