Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the Texas Coast, dumping more than 50 inches of rain in parts of the Houston area, flooding thousands of homes and killing more than 80 people. The devastation was swift, and the recovery is far from over. The Texas Tribune has assigned a team to examine Harvey's aftermath, including rebuilding efforts, the government's response, and what Texas is doing to prepare for future storms. You can help by sending story tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under a new mental health task force, three state agencies will help connect public schools and universities with counselors, funding and training as students and staff work to overcome the traumatic effects of Hurricane Harvey.
Hurricane Harvey probably won't wallop Texas’ economy in the long run, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. But the state’s response to the storm could ultimately mean a multibillion-dollar hit to the state budget.
The Texas Education Agency is offering state funding to as many as 157 school districts and charter schools that saw lower attendance or closed facilities due to the storm, which could ultimately cost the state an estimated $400 million.
Southeast Texas leaders told state lawmakers on Wednesday that they don't have enough money to carry out major flood control projects on their own. They also advocated for a collaborative, regional approach to flood control.
by Justin Elliott, Jessica Huseman and Decca Muldowney, ProPublica
According to emails obtained by ProPublica, officials in several counties were extremely critical of the Red Cross' response to Hurricane Harvey, saying the organization communicated poorly and didn't bring in supplies as expected.
It could be months, if not years, before southeast Texans receive federal funds to pay for the long-term rebuilding and recovery of homes and communities battered by Hurricane Harvey’s epic rains, officials told legislators Monday.
Dozens of experienced senior staff members have left Texas' health and human services agency, saying morale has sunk under the new executive director, and critics say it's hampered the state's ability to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that rains from Hurricane Harvey damaged a temporary protective cap on a pit of toxic sludge along the San Jacinto River east of Houston, exposing “underlying waste material.”