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Ruling Reversed for Some New Orleans-Area Flood Victims

A Washington appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that held the federal government liable for some of the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other major storms – a ruling that could have resulted in damage payments for …

Residents Critical of State Program to Repair Harvey-Damaged Homes

Several Texas homeowners who have participated in a state-run, quick hit program to repair homes damaged during Hurricane Harvey said Wednesday their houses are worse off than before they were fixed because of incomplete or shoddy work. The program is …

Louisiana Recovery Group Marshals Cash, Volunteers to Help Flood Victims

Leslie Garon pressed her right hand to her chest and choked back tears as she addressed more than a dozen green-shirted volunteers in her living room earlier this month. “From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate every one of …

Hurricane Harvey Research Shows Most Fatalities Occurred Outside Flood Zones

A Dutch-Texan team found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, …

Houston-Area District Expects $155M in Damage Repairs From Harvey

The Houston-area flood control district has estimated needing $155 million to study and fix damaged infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey. Workers this week are assessing the storm’s destruction to the Harris County Flood Control District’s 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) of bayous, …

Forecasters Warn of Rare, Life-Threatening Oklahoma Wildfire Weather

Forecasters warned of dangerous, life-threatening wildfire conditions in parts of the Southwest and Southern Plains on Tuesday, as a forestry official warned firefighters battling a terrifying deadly blaze in Oklahoma that it would be a “historically critical day.” Gusty winds …

West Recovery Continues, 5 Years After Plant Blast

Head football coach David Woodard, like others in West, lost his home and his place of employment on a Wednesday evening five years ago, when an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant rocked the town, killed 15 and injured …

Fill Used for Flood Resilience Scrutinized Post-Harvey

Texas home developers’ practice of using dirt to raise homes above a flood plain is drawing increased scrutiny as experts question flood resilience measures after Hurricane Harvey. Some experts argued using dirt, or fill, reduces storage for stormwater and worsens …

Employer MSJ Affirmed in Louisiana Crash Involving Off-Duty Employee

A company is off the hook in a crash involving one of its employees, according to a recent ruling by a Louisiana Court of Appeals. According to court records, the case stems from a February 2015 crash in Louisiana where …

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas Face Double Spring Threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of year for tornadoes plus wildfire threats brought on by severe …

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