Matt Largey

Managing Editor

Matt has been an editor and reporter at KUT off and on since 2006.  He came to Austin from Boston, then went back for a while--but couldn't stand to be away--so he came back to Austin.  Matt grew up in Maine (but hates lobster), and while it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

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Austin Price / KUT

The Austin City Council has scrapped plans for a mega-shelter at the Austin Convention Center to house evacuees from Hurricane Harvey. The council instead voted today on a lease for a vacant office building at 7000 Metropolis Drive in Southeast Austin to house evacuees.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

The city says more than 200 musicians have volunteered to play for evacuees at Austin shelters.

The Austin Music Office put out the call on social media yesterday. Since then, it has been overwhelmed with responses.

President Trump visited Corpus Christi to be briefed on damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey last week.
Martin do Nascimento / KUT

5:05 p.m. President Trump has left Austin after meeting with state officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

4:18 p.m. Trump again praised state relief efforts following Tropical Storm Harvey, according to pool reports. The president said the recovery is going to be long term, but that it would be a "costly proposition." 

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Harvey brought catastrophic flooding and damage to parts of Texas. Houston was especially hard hit, with rain totals estimated in excess of 50 inches. Thousands of homes have been damaged.

The devastation will leave many people in need of help rebuilding their lives, and in the meantime, many people will need help making it day-to-day. 

Here are some ideas for how you can help. 

Austin Disaster Relief Network

Martin do Nascimento / KUT

Austin's world-renowned Franklin Barbecue suffered $250,000 in damage due to a fire early Saturday.

The Austin Fire Department first reported the fire around 6 a.m.

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