Hurricane Harvey News

Climate Change: The Already Present, Next Great Risk to Munis

When Miami Beach borrowed $162 million from Wall Street this week, it wanted investors to know rising seas and extreme weather are a real risk to the city and that it’s doing something about it. An increasing number of states …

Work Starts on 134 Houston-Area Flood-Control Projects after Harvey

Crews are working on 134 flood control projects as parts of a $2.5 billion bond program approved by Houston-area voters last year in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, officials announced Thursday. Another 103 projects are on the drawing board _ …

Some Texas Coastal Residents Oppose Proposed Storm Barrier

A proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state’s land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns. The plan is designed to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes with a …

‘Changing Climate’ Intensifying Disasters Per Texas Report

Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey‘s deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism …

Harvey-Damaged Houston Mural Repairs on Hold Due to Roof Work

Restoration work on a Houston, Texas, mural that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey have been put on hold because the building’s roof needs repairs. John Biggers’ “Contribution of Negro Women To American Life and Education” mural won’t be able to …

Studies Find Houston Skyscrapers Slowed Hurricane Harvey, Causing More Rain

Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The …

Officials Develop Multi-Prong Approach to Protect Texas From Hurricanes

State and federal officials on Friday recommended a plan to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes – particularly the Houston area – with a barrier system made up of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements that could cost up to $31 …

Study: Offshore Wind Farms Can Reduce Hurricane Precipitation

With the United States being pummeled over the last couple of years with several high-category, high-damage hurricanes, the University of Delaware’s Cristina Archer recently published a paper that discovered an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: they lessen the …

Contractors Prey on Hurricane, Wildfire Victims After Disasters

The news that Florida’s Disaster Fraud Action Strike Team (DFAST) has been activated in response to Hurricane Michael is a reminder that after a devastating hurricane or wildfire, homeowners may be victimized a second time – by unscrupulous contractors. Recent …

Study: Warm Waters Boosted 2017 Major Hurricane Tally

The Atlantic’s warmer waters triggered the unusual number of major hurricanes last year, according to a new study that predicts the region could see a couple of extra whopper storms each year by the end of the century. Six major …