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 email@example.com.
In Harvey's Wake
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Previous home damage doesn't impact someone's ability to file a claim post-Harvey. And just to be safe, both state and federal officials encourage anyone who sustained home damages during Hurricane Harvey to apply for aid.
As recovery efforts in southeast Texas continue after Hurricane Harvey, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Thursday released a list of Harvey-related topics for Texas Senate committees to look into ahead of the next legislative session.
During Tropical Storm Harvey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a torrent from Houston's two reservoirs, knowing it would flood properties downstream. Now, flooded property owners on both sides of the reservoirs are demanding compensation. Lawyers and legal experts are mixed in their forecasts of how the cases might play out.
How concerned is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the integrity of Addicks and Barker reservoirs? The agency has never answered the question clearly, but documents unearthed from an old lawsuit show that Corps officials worried about rain events much smaller than Harvey.
Houston has drawn most of the attention after Hurricane Harvey's epic rains caused historic flooding along the Gulf Coast. Reporter Morgan Smith and photographer Michael Stravato recently toured southeast Texas, visiting towns both large and small, to document Harvey's aftermath.
A university professor who studies natural hazards launched a flooding risk assessment tool for homes in Harris and Galveston counties. But after Hurricane Harvey, flooding risks are even harder to determine.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Texas Tribune about Houston's ongoing relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey, Mayor Sylvester Turner defended his proposed property tax hike, asked Gov. Greg Abbott to tap the Rainy Day Fund and lauded the resilience he said flood victims continue to show.
The governor said if the state needs to tap the Rainy Day Fund for Harvey recovery, it won't be until the next legislative session in 2019. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner asked Abbott to use the fund so the city wouldn't have to raise property taxes.
After back-and-forth sniping and a divided vote on a bill to help hurricane victims, the Texas delegation came together in a press conference and declared they're unified on helping Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. The bill also helps Americans affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
While several Texas officials have thrown support behind some expensive flood control projects, a Houston City Council meeting Monday highlighted the political and financial hurdles that may await such efforts.
In an interview with The Texas Tribune, Sylvester Turner also said fewer houses would have been damaged if federal officials had funded much-needed flood control projects. But he lauded how residents have risen to the challenge of recovering after Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called on state leaders to help the city rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, proposing a sales tax increase and saying infrastructure should be built to prevent the storm's destruction from recurring.
Even with help from the state and other Texas cities, Houston's massive post-Harvey debris piles will take months to remove, local officials say. There's plenty of room at the landfills, but long lines to dump the debris are slowing down progress.
The tempestuous president has been trumped by a tempest: Texas politics and government is all about Hurricane Harvey now, and Donald Trump might not be the most important outsider in the state's 2018 elections after all.
Two staffers for U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway and one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were sent to a hospital near El Campo on Thursday after a major car wreck. Conaway, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue were all unhurt.