Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public toldMarch 23, 2018 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — A toxic onslaught from the nation's petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property...
The Latest: Floodwaters rise in southwest Louisiana homesAugust 29, 2017 GMT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Harvey's effects in Louisiana (all times local):
Residents near Harvey-damaged chemical plant wary of waterMarch 22, 2018 GMT
CROSBY, Texas (AP) — The skeleton crew at Arkema's chemical plant knew it was time to go by the morning of Aug...
EPA orders more repairs at Texas toxic site following HarveyOctober 19, 2017 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency ordered two companies on Thursday to make more extensive repairs to stabilize the area around a Superfund toxic waste site near Houston following Hurricane Harvey...
US storm survivors: We need money faster, less red tapeOctober 29, 2022 GMT
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Survivors of storms that pounded several U.S. states say the nation's disaster aid system is broken and that they want reforms to get money into victims' hands faster, with less red tape.
Residents: Tests find toxic chemicals after Texas plant fireOctober 3, 2017 GMT
DALLAS (AP) — Tests detected toxic substances in soil, water and ash samples taken miles from a chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey, caught fire and partially exploded, nearly 20 Houston-area residents said Monday...
Texas county sues chemical plant owner over fires, blastsNovember 16, 2017 GMT
DALLAS (AP) — The county that's home to Houston has asked a state court to order safeguards and fine the owner of a chemical plant that partially exploded during Hurricane Harvey...
AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floodsSeptember 19, 2017 GMT
PASADENA, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped...
AP EXCLUSIVE: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston areaSeptember 3, 2017 GMT
HIGHLANDS, Texas (AP) — As Dwight Chandler sipped beer and swept out the thick muck caked inside his devastated home, he worried whether Harvey's floodwaters had also washed in pollution from the old acid pit just a couple blocks away...
Hurricane Ian gets nasty quickly, turbocharged by warm waterSeptember 27, 2022 GMT
Hurricane Ian is quickly gaining monstrous strength as it moves over oceans partly heated up by climate change, just like 30 other Atlantic tropical storms since 2017 that became much more powerful in less than a day.
Residents say tests find toxic chemicals after plant fireOctober 3, 2017 GMT
DALLAS (AP) — Tests detected toxic substances in soil, water and ash samples taken from residents' property miles away from a Houston-area chemical plant that flooded during Hurricane Harvey, caught fire and partially exploded, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday...
Fewer Harvey victims at shelters doesn’t end housing needsSeptember 5, 2017 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — One couple displaced by Harvey managed to get a hotel room, but got kicked out after one night for lacking state identification that was lost to the flooding...
Dutch queen learns about flood control during Houston visitSeptember 10, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — A visit to Houston on Friday by the Dutch queen highlighted a long friendship between Texas and the Netherlands that grew from their fight against a mutual enemy: flooding.
HUD, Texas at odds over flood relief discrimination claimAugust 27, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The faded and weathered construction permits still taped to Houston resident Mal Moses’ front door are reminders of the difficulties he faced in trying to get his mold-infested walls and leaky roof repaired after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risksJune 8, 2022 GMT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a record-setting Midwestern rainstorm that damaged thousands of homes and businesses, Stefanie Johnson’s farmhouse in Blandinsville, Illinois, didn’t have safe drinking water for nearly two months.
HUD says Texas agency discriminated in flood relief fundingMarch 9, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' administration of flood relief money from Hurricane Harvey broke federal law by discriminating against Black and Hispanic residents in the Houston area, according to a decision by the federal housing agency that could channel millions of dollars of aid to communities battered by the 2017 storm.
Federal funding halted for Hurricane Harvey assistanceJanuary 8, 2022 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development has halted the distribution of $1.95 billion that was approved for flood mitigation projects in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
Nicholas, now a tropical depression, still douses Gulf CoastSeptember 15, 2021 GMT
SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas continued weakening Tuesday night after being downgraded to a tropical depression and slowing to a crawl over southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, drenching both states with flooding rains.
Nicholas strengthens to hurricane ahead of Texas landfallSeptember 14, 2021 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Nicholas strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Monday as it headed toward landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast and it was expected to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas from Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana.
Houston furniture store’s new truck to help during floodingJune 5, 2021 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston furniture store owner who’s rescued and sheltered people at his business during past flooding events, including Hurricane Harvey, has some new equipment that'll let him help even more residents whenever the next big storm hits.
Houston seethes over being frozen out of federal flood fundsJune 1, 2021 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Residents of the East Aldine neighborhood of Houston are tired of their homes flooding during hurricanes and of worrying every time it rains because their streets and waterways don't drain well.
Houston area getting little of $1B in Harvey flood aidMay 21, 2021 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston area officials expressed shock and anger on Friday after learning that their communities, which suffered the brunt of damage from Hurricane Harvey, would be getting only a small part of the $1 billion that Texas is awarding as part of an initial distribution of federal funding given to the state for flood mitigation.
Houston area flood control effort facing $1.4B shortfallMarch 10, 2021 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Flood control projects approved by Houston area voters in 2018 in response to Hurricane Harvey are facing a $1...
Most Oregonians who applied for disaster aid deniedFebruary 13, 2021 GMT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — More than 24,000 Oregonians applied for federal disaster assistance after the catastrophic 2020 wildfires and about 57% of them were denied...
Judge tosses case over chemical plant fire during HarveyOctober 1, 2020 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday dismissed the criminal case against a chemical manufacturer and one of its former employees over a fire at its plant near Houston during Hurricane Harvey, saying prosecutors failed to present sufficient evidence to support the charges...
3 years after Harvey, some in Houston still waiting for helpAugust 24, 2020 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Some Houston residents say they endured difficult, often hazardous living conditions while waiting months, even years for help from the city to fix flood-damaged homes after Hurricane Harvey...
‘They’re killing us,’ Texas residents say of Trump rollbacksApril 19, 2020 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Danielle Nelson’s best monitor for the emissions billowing out of the oil refineries and chemical plants surrounding her home: The heaving chest of her 9-year-old asthmatic son...
Houston area sees relief, rescues after Imelda leaves 4 deadSeptember 21, 2019 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Emergency workers used boats Friday to rescue about 60 residents of a Houston-area community still trapped in their homes by floodwaters following one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U...
Storm-scarred Texas coast picks up after lmelda’s delugeSeptember 20, 2019 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Kids were still in classrooms as roads around them became rivers. Drivers warned to stay off highways wound up abandoning their submerged cars...
2 dead as Imelda strands drivers, floods homes in TexasSeptember 20, 2019 GMT
CHINA, Texas (AP) — The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda flooded parts of Texas on Thursday, leaving at least two people dead and rescue crews with boats scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in their homes during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to Hurricane Harvey two years ago...
The Latest: In Houston, O’Rourke backs assault weapons banMarch 31, 2019 GMT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The latest on Beto O'Rourke official presidential campaign kickoff in Texas (all times local):
Beto O'Rourke has evoked a school shooting last year near Houston to call for banning assault weapons and points to that city's 2017 devastation during Hurricane Harvey to push for fighting climate change.
Never too soon to begin preparing for next natural disasterJanuary 12, 2019 GMT
Some of the recommendations to the Legislature from the governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas — to help the state prepare for catastrophic storms — come with hefty price tags. But they don’t all carry sticker shock.
Despite hurricane, at-risk Houston students made gainsOctober 2, 2018 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — In the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Principal Jonathan Trinh feared the worst for his Houston high school.
He took in a hundred new pupils displaced by the storm, his students' overwhelmingly low-income families were struggling with lost jobs and other distractions, and Trinh worried this would be the year that test scores sank enough to make his Wisdom High School a target for state intervention.
Placido Domingo reopens Houston venue after Harvey floodingSeptember 27, 2018 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Opera star Plácido Domingo took the stage for the gala reopening of a Houston venue that suffered about $100 million in Hurricane Harvey flood damage last year...
After Deadline: Whether or not you want it, the weather comesAugust 31, 2018 GMT
In my first month working full time at the Post Bulletin, I was sent out one day to get some man-on-the-street quotes about a snowstorm that had hit Rochester the night before.
Post-Harvey, Texas still unprepared for the next big oneAugust 25, 2018 GMT
1On Aug. 24, 2017, we all watched the radar screen on the news as the storm gained energy in the Gulf of Mexico and began making its way toward the Texas coast. No one understood the unprecedented rainfall that was about to hit portions of Texas and Louisiana over the next five days, nor the devastation that would be left in its wake.
Year after Harvey, poor having toughest time recoveringAugust 23, 2018 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Shirley Paley's life before Hurricane Harvey was already a struggle: The 61-year-old former postal worker was raising her 17-year-old autistic grandson while dealing with a workplace injury that left her legally blind, on disability and in need of three cornea transplants...
Harvey’s devastating flooding boosts insurance in TexasJuly 30, 2018 GMT
KATY, Texas (AP) — Little more than two months before Hurricane Harvey slammed the Gulf Coast of Texas, Alberto Castañeda let his home's flood insurance lapse...
Katy Memorial Pediatrics helps Puerto Rico’s hurricane survivorsJuly 6, 2018 GMT
As devastating footage of Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico first began to emerge last fall, people and organizations around the world responded by donating any assistance they had to the rescue and recovery effort.
McCaul says efforts need to be expedited to help storm survivorsJuly 3, 2018 GMT
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, whose 10th district includes Katy, said he is pleased that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved Texas’ $5 billion action plan for Hurricane Harvey relief.
Remember to read the fine print on your insuranceJune 27, 2018 GMT
Whether you already have flood insurance or are looking into getting a new policy, make sure it covers what you need, attorneys and experts advise.
It is also important to know what constitutes catastrophic damage when a disaster hits, they said.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s tale of Texas hurricane gawkersJune 7, 2018 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump is mischaracterizing the thousands of water rescues in Texas last year during Hurricane Harvey by saying "people went out in their boats to watch" the deadly Category 4 storm...
Unhurried hurricanes: Study says tropical cyclones slowingJune 6, 2018 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tropical cyclones around the world are moving slightly slower over land and water, dumping more rain as they stall, just as Hurricane Harvey did last year, a new study found...
Report confirms record scope of Harvey’s impactJune 6, 2018 GMT
In the weeks and months after Hurricane Harvey, the evidence of its historic scope and intensity trickled out bit by bit: Record rainfall totals. Record reservoir levels. Record destruction.
Centers look to new Facebook tools for help during disastersMay 11, 2018 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Community health centers in Texas that helped thousands of people during and after Hurricane Harvey have new crisis-response tools from Facebook that could enhance their ability to reach victims when a hurricane hits.
HomeAid initiative, BuildAid brings hope to homeownersMay 4, 2018 GMT
HomeAid Houston's Hurricane Harvey rebuild initiative, BuildAid is providing assistance to homeowners whose homes were devastated by the floods. Once pre-qualified through an online form on the BuildAid website, www.buildaidhouston.org, these homeowners will be matched with experienced builders, members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) who will walk them through a finish selection process and the actual remodeling.
City stages storm preparedness meetingsMay 2, 2018 GMT
Friendswood city officials are planning meetings to inform residents what they need to know to prepare for the first hurricane season since the trauma of Hurricane Harvey last year.
Harvey recovery funds may prioritize wealthy, advocates sayApril 27, 2018 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Advocacy groups said Friday that Texas is poised to unfairly distribute billions in federal funding provided for housing repairs following Hurricane Harvey's devastation — prioritizing wealthy homeowners over poorer victims in ways that could constitute racial discrimination...
Sen. Cruz introduces Missouri City Mayor Owen in Commerce Committee hearing on hurricane preparednessApril 17, 2018 GMT
Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen joined U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing last week entitled: “Are We Ready for the Next Hurricane Season?
Updating the list of storm namesApril 16, 2018 GMT
What's in a name? When it comes to hurricanes, quite a lot — respect, for one. The World Meteorological Organization has decided that naming some tropical storm Harvey five years from now when it's barely holding itself together out in the open Atlantic would show a lack of respect to those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey last year.
Just Ask Us: How do hurricanes get their names?April 15, 2018 GMT
Q: How do hurricanes get their names?
A: Names used to identify tropical stories and hurricanes aren’t arbitrary. They’re named by the World Meteorological Organization using a list of 21 names in alphabetical order that aren’t repeated for six years.
Bursting at the seams with felony detainees awaiting trial, the overcrowded Harris County jail is poised to ask the state for permission to house extra inmates in portable bunks, a request spurred at least in part by a court backlog and a loss of jail bedspace in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
7 months after Harvey, flood-control projects’ fate unclearMarch 24, 2018 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — 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...
Harvey spurs interest in drainage district electionMarch 15, 2018 GMT
Against the backdrop of lingering effects from Hurricane Harvey, Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District is staging the first election in its 16-year history to feature contested races.
The board president faces two challengers - both who say they were prompted to run because of the storm's devastation in the area.
GOP candidates for Galveston County judge talk about storm protectionFebruary 28, 2018 GMT
Economic development, the tax rate and the proposed coastal barrier are issues in the Republican primary race for Galveston county judge, which pits incumbent Mark Henry against 56th District Court Judge Lonnie Cox.
Disaster relief back on the table as part of budget deal in CongressFebruary 8, 2018 GMT
WASHINGTON – A major budget deal brokered by Senate leaders Wednesday was a long time coming, but it could sweeten the pot for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters.
The Senate agreement could provide nearly $90 billion in aid for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other states and territories hit by storms and wildfires.
Jump in late mortgages after Harvey sparks foreclosure fearsJanuary 27, 2018 GMT
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (AP) — As Jacob Lerma surveyed the skeletal beams of his suburban Houston home that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey, he kept muttering three words as he wondered if his family would ever be able to move back in: "I don't know...
Texas towns hit hard by Hurricane Harvey work to recoverJanuary 15, 2018 GMT
ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Some Texas coastal towns where Hurricane Harvey made landfall are working to restore tourism and other economic attractions nearly five months after the storm.
Houston braces for more flooding, chemical plant fires outSeptember 4, 2017 GMT
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities carried out a controlled burn Sunday at a chemical plant damaged by Harvey, sending small flames and gray smoke into the sky, after saying the highly unstable compounds that had caused previous explosions needed to be neutralized...
Want to help after Harvey? A guide to donationsSeptember 2, 2017 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — The recovery from Harvey will be long and expensive. Want to help? Local and national charities are asking for donations after the Hurricane Texas and Louisiana, leaving countless residents — and pets — displaced from their homes...