Hurricane Harvey News

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, …

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 …

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 …

Above Average 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Expected

After the costliest Atlantic hurricane season in history last year, early forecasts indicate 2018 will be above average. Look for 14 named storms, and there’s a greater than normal chance of a major system striking the U.S., according to Colorado …

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 …

Despite Upgrades, Flood Risk Still Exists for Some Houston Homes

Nearly 9,000 homes and other buildings will remain in the floodplains of four Houston-area waterways despite multimillion-dollar flood control projects. Momentum built last month to finish the projects on Brays, Hunting and White Oak bayous and Clear Creek after Congress …

Texas Homeowners Concerned About Zoning Changes After Harvey

Some Southeast Texas homeowners have raised concerns about houses in neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Harvey being changed from residential to commercial zones. Several displaced residents in Dickinson worry that businesses will buy flood-damaged homes and absorb older neighborhoods, The Galveston …

Historic Homes in Houston Decimated by Harvey Floods

On a recent Friday morning Sam Scott walked through his Texas house for the last time. The Houston Chronicle reports he grabbed a dust mask from his car and entered through the open garage. The door had buckled during Hurricane …

Texas Launches Tool to Track Harvey Recovery

Texas launched a public online tool to track incoming and outgoing funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery on Monday, six months after the storm hit and two months after The Associated Press reported that it did not have one. Gov. Greg …