Houston flooding News

Texas Suffers 5 Deaths, Widespread Damage from Tropical Cyclone Imelda

The widespread damage brought to the Houston area by one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history came into broader view Saturday, as floodwaters receded to reveal the exhausting cleanup effort that lies ahead for many communities and homeowners. …

Weakened Imelda Aims Foot or More of Rain at Flood-Prone Houston

Imelda has lost some of its wind power, but continues to pour rain down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, with 12 to 15 inches already recorded and flood-prone Houston in its path. Imelda is now a tropical depression, with winds …

Trial to Determine if Government Liable for Harvey Flooding

HOUSTON — Residents seeking compensation after their Houston-area homes and businesses were flooded by two federally owned reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey say authorities knew for decades that such an inundation was inevitable but did nothing to prevent it, an attorney …

Harvey Recovery Will Include Dredging of Parts of San Jacinto River

Anglers at Kingwood’s River Grove Park couldn’t see the opposite bank of the San Jacinto River as they cast their lines into its murky water one recent morning. The view was obscured by a wall of sand pushed into the …

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, …

Houston Approves Post-Harvey Flood Construction Rule

Houston, Texas, officials on Wednesday approved a rule for new homes and other buildings in the city’s flood plains that will require them to be elevated higher off the ground to avoid floodwaters. The regulation comes more than seven months …

Harvey-Related Flood Control Projects’ Fate Remains Unclear

Large-scale projects long considered essential to easing Houston’s flooding woes went to the top of the area’s to-do list after Hurricane Harvey inundated large swaths of the nation’s fourth-largest city. Seven months later, local officials are still looking for funding …

Researchers Say Harvey’s Deluge Three Times More Likely Due to Global Warming

Global warming’s fingerprints were all over the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey this year, confirming what scientists suspected, according to new research. While scientists say man-made climate change didn’t trigger Harvey, new studies calculate that a warmer, wetter world made …

Houston Eyes Flood Control Projects During Harvey Recovery

Houston officials said Saturday that they’re already thinking about how to build and fund projects that will lessen the blow of the next storm, even as the nation’s fourth-largest city continues to recover from Harvey’s devastating floodwaters. Leaders with the …

Harvey Recovery Czar Faces Limits in Texas Disaster Mitigation

The man tasked with overseeing Texas’ Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as “future-proofing” before the next disaster, but he isn’t empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the state’s vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by …