Articles by Juan A. Lozano

11 Dead After Storms Sweep Southern U.S., Midwest

Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of …

U.S. Safety Board: No Alert System at Texas Petrochemical Facility Damaged by Fire

A company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility which burned for days in March didn’t have an alert system in place to warn of releases from its tanks, a federal agency investigating the blaze said Wednesday. The fire, which …

Flash Flooding in Texas Leaves 1 Dead in Austin

Recent heavy rains caused flash flooding in numerous parts of northern, central and western Texas, causing one death in Austin. The body of a man was recovered Wednesday afternoon from Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin about a half-hour after …

Trial to Determine Army Corps’ Liability for Harvey Flooding

Residents seeking compensation after their Houston-area homes and businesses were flooded by two federally owned reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey say authorities knew for decades that such an inundation was inevitable but did nothing to prevent it, an attorney for the …

Pollution Charges Filed Against Texas Petrochemical Facility That Burned

Water pollution charges have been filed against a company that owns a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility where a large fire that burned for days in March caused chemicals to flow into a nearby waterway. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office …

Environmental, Economic Damage a Concern Following Texas Petrochemical Fire

Businesses and residents expressed concern on March 25 about the environmental and economic fallout from a fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage farm that sent huge plumes into the air for days and prompted the partial closure of one of …

Post Harvey Flood Control Projects Underway in Houston Area

Crews are working on 134 flood control projects as parts of a $2.5 billion bond program approved by Houston-area voters last year in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, officials announced. Another 103 projects are on the drawing board — all …

Officials Propose Texas Coastal Protection Plan

State and federal officials on Oct. 26 recommended a plan to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes — particularly the Houston area — with a barrier system made up of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements that could cost up to …

Texas Survivor’s Lawsuit Accuses Facebook of Enabling Human Traffickers

A human trafficking survivor from Texas sued Facebook this week, alleging the social media platform provides human traffickers an unrestricted way to “stalk, exploit, recruit, groom … and extort children into the sex trade.” The lawsuit was filed Oct. 1 …

Houston-Area $2.5B Flood-Control Bond Measure Passes

Voters in Houston and its surrounding county marked the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore by approving the issuance of $2.5 billion in bonds to fund flood-control projects that might mitigate the damage caused by future storms. With nearly all …