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Study: FEMA’s Houston flood maps outdated long before Harvey

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plain maps for parts of southeastern Houston were woefully out-of-date long before Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, a new study suggests.

FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than …

Evidence of spills during floods at toxic site

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston’s dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial …

Union: Thousands of firefighters didn’t work during Harvey

Thousands of Houston firefighters were told to stay home at the height of Harvey’s flooding even as calls for help overwhelmed 911 dispatchers, the president of the city’s firefighters union …

FEMA auctioned disaster trailers before Harvey made landfall

The federal government auctioned off disaster-response trailers at fire-sale prices just before Harvey devastated southeast Texas, reducing an already diminished supply of mobile homes ahead of what could become the …

Florida took wise storm precautions

True, destruction was not as dire as predicted, but better to prepare for the worst than gamble with the lives of residents and visitors and those charged with protecting them.

Hurricane victims facing a long road to home reconstruction

With floodwaters nearing knee height, Arlene Estle fled to the upstairs of the Houston house where she’s lived for 50 years and raised four children. It was many hours later …

Stars turn out to push for donations for hurricane relief

Urged on by dozens of stars who turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims in a one-hour televised benefit, organizers said more than $44 …

Mexico rescinds its offer to help U.S. recover from Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey was still pummeling Houston, Mexico reached out with an offer of help.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017

Thousands of students return to school in storm-ravaged Houston

Tens of thousands of children are returning to school Monday in Houston, two weeks after Hurricane Harvey battered the city, flooding homes, sweeping away uniforms and school supplies, and shuttering …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Deniers place big wager against science

No one had trouble accepting science as authoritative last month when it predicted to the very minute a solar eclipse that darkened a great swath of America.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017

FEMA sees trailers only as last resort after Harvey, Irma

In a 2017 hurricane season that has already seen two monster storms, Harvey and Irma, manufactured homes are turning out to be just a small fraction of the federal government’s …

NCAA OKs request by Houston coach for aid to Harvey victims

The NCAA is signing off on a request for aid for Hurricane Harvey victims that began with a tweet from Houston basketball coach Kelvin Sampson.

Texans’ chance to show Houston was knocked down but not out

Memories won’t feed a family or rebuild their house, which is why the first thing J.J. Watt brought back to his adopted hometown in the wake of Hurricane Harvey was …

Storms raging in the Carribean, Spokane’s own Harvey and Irma are still in love after 75 years

Last weekend Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas with several feet of rainfall and this weekend Hurricane Irma is taking dead aim at Florida. Harvey and Irma are also in Spokane, but …

Hurricane puts Hall induction in perspective for Tracy McGrady, Rebecca Lobo, Mannie Jackson

Tracy McGrady says the celebration of his induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has been muted by the impact of Hurricane Harvey on his family and neighbors …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Congress sends aid bill, debt hike to Trump

Congress on Friday sent President Donald Trump a massive package of $15.3 billion in disaster aid linked to an increase in the nation’s borrowing authority that angered conservative Republicans who …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Harvey’s floodwaters give way to steaming piles of garbage

Roiling waters in the streets have given way to steaming piles of garbage on the curbs.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Former U.S. presidents raising money for hurricane relief

The five living former U.S. presidents said Thursday they would team up to create the “One America Appeal” to raise money for storm recovery as Texas and Louisiana seek to …

Demi Lovato working to help those affected by DACA, Harvey

Demi Lovato says she’s reached out to the nonprofit organization Voto Latino to find out how she can help after President Donald Trump said he’s rescinding a program that allows …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Hurricane aid measure grows to $15 billion as Irma bears down

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $15.3 billion aid package for victims of Harvey, nearly doubling President Donald Trump’s emergency request, and adding a deal between Trump and Democrats …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017

Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma

French, British and Dutch rescuers rushed aid to a heavily damaged string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least seven people dead and thousands homeless as it …

FEMA still focused on responding to Harvey as Irma looms

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is ramping up preparations for Hurricane Irma as it barrels toward the Florida coast, even as the agency continues the massive recovery effort in storm-battered …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

House overwhelmingly passes $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed $7.9 billion in Hurricane Harvey disaster relief as warring Republicans and Democrats united behind help for victims of that storm as an ever more …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

Congress to speed up Harvey aid, tackle debt limit

Lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful …

Immigrants are sought for labor shortage in Harvey recovery

With Harvey’s recovery underway, day laborers are in high demand – many of them immigrants and many in the country illegally.

Beyonce, Streisand to headline Harvey relief telethon

Sept. 12 event will benefit several organizations, including United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey …

‘Build the wall’ takes back seat to rebuilding after Harvey

The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to …

After Harvey, insurance drones take to the Texas skies

WINDSOR, Conn. – Insurance adjusters are bringing more drones with them than ever before as they head to Texas to assess the damage from Harvey. Companies are using them on …