Hurricane Harvey News

Houston Residents Might Have to Raise Homes After Harvey

More than 1,600 Houston residents whose properties flooded during and after Hurricane Harvey may need to elevate their homes if they want to continue living there. The city’s Public Works Department is getting ready to notify property owners in floodplains …

Texas County Approves Post-Harvey Flood Construction Rules

Officials in a Texas county devastated by Hurricane Harvey approved new regulations Tuesday on building construction in flood-prone locations, rules they touted as the nation’s toughest for a major metropolitan area. The rules taking effect Jan. 1 in unincorporated parts …

Lloyd’s Reports $1.7B Paid for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

The Lloyd’s market has paid claims worth $1.7 billion so far in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Earlier this year Lloyd’s estimated a total commitment of $4.8 billion for the three storms. “With total net financial resources of …

FEMA’s Staff `Tapped Out’ After Mounting Disasters

The recent spate of natural disasters hitting the U.S. has left staff of the Federal Emergency Management Agency “tapped out” and the agency in an existential reckoning, FEMA‘s chief told a congressional panel. “It is time to question what is …

Advocates Accuses Texas of Exploiting Day Laborers After Harvey

Guillermo Miranda Vazquez starts his day in a parking lot near the Home Depot where he easily finds work alongside other day laborers who are cleaning up Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Some days, he clears rotted drywall and hauls out …

Researchers Tally Most Expensive U.S. Hurricane Season Ever

This year’s U.S. Atlantic hurricane season is officially the most expensive ever, racking up $202.6 billion in damages since the formal start on June 1. The costs tallied by disaster modelers Chuck Watson and Mark Johnson surpass anything they’ve seen …

Texas Governor Says Federal Disaster Aid Bill is Inadequate

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday criticized as “completely inadequate” the Trump administration’s $44 billion request to Congress for disaster relief in his hurricane-ravaged state and other areas hammered by storms. The White House shot back that Texas may …

Investigators Say Texas Chemical Plant Unprepared for Hurricane Harvey

Federal investigators said Wednesday 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. Much of Arkema Inc.’s facility in Crosby, just outside …

Texas Coastal Cities Conduct Post-Harvey Dune Restoration

The relaxation of state regulations after Hurricane Harvey has allowed Texas coastal communities to undertake nearly a dozen dune reconstruction projects. Galveston can authorize emergency beachfront repairs until at least Jan. 3, including for dunes damaged by the storm, the …

Prepare for the Storm of Construction Claims From the 2017 Hurricane Season

The aftermath of this year’s hurricanes includes massive reconstruction across the impacted areas, which in turn creates an increased possibility for construction defect claims that would affect the liability insurance market. When Hurricane Harvey swept over large portions of Texas, …