Federal investigators say they’ve seen no signs that a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded and partially exploded during Hurricane Harvey considered moving its highly unstable compounds offsite as a precaution.
The chances of a hurricane flooding parts of Texas, like Harvey did, have soared sixfold in just 25 years because of global warming and will likely triple once again before the end of the century, a new study says.
A temporary dumping ground used to sort moldy debris from buildings flooded after Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas was closed following a weeks-long campaign by the neighborhood’s predominantly elderly black homeowners complaining of potential health risks.
The Houston area should have a new reservoir, fix aging reservoirs and complete long-sought bayou and creek flood control projects as part of 15 recommendations from the top elected official in the county that includes Houston to prevent future flooding like Hurricane Harvey.
U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting sales.
Jefferson County, Texas, is among the low-lying coastal areas of America that could lose the most as the ice caps melt and the seas warm and rise. At the same time, it is more economically dependent on the petroleum industry and its emissions-spewing refineries than any other place in the U.S. Residents seemed to choose between the two last November, abandoning a four-decade-old pattern of voting Democratic in presidential elections to support Donald Trump.
The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists. It’s ordered two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may have spread dangerous levels of pollution during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.