Articles by Juan A. Lozano

County Seeks Input Before Houston-Area Flood Control Bond Vote

Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey announced they will seek the public’s input before finalizing a list of critical flood-control projects voters will be asked to approve during an estimated $2.5 billion bond referendum. Harris County …

Texas-Based Karolyis, Others Sued by Gymnast Over Team Doctor’s Abuse

A former member of the U.S. national team on became the latest gymnast to file suit over sexual abuse by imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar’s, alleging USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the husband-and-wife duo who coached America’s …

Houston Approves New Post-Harvey Flood Construction Rule

Houston officials have 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 after Hurricane …

Houston-Area Officials Say They Didn’t Know About Reservoir Flood Risks Pre-Harvey

Houston-area officials said during a congressional hearing that they weren’t aware of forecasts by federal authorities regarding flooding risks from local reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes during Hurricane Harvey. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said …

More than $1B Sought by Houston-Area Leaders for Flood Control

Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey want to ask voters to approve up to $2 billion in bonds to fund critical flood-control projects, but worried Tuesday about potential roadblocks. Harris County, home to Houston, plans to …

Fate of Houston Flood-Control Projects Unclear 7 Months After Harvey

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 …

Corps Says Agency Did Work to Inform Public on Harvey Flood Risk

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Feb. 23 that leading up to and during Hurricane Harvey it “worked diligently” with officials to inform the public on flooding risks from Houston reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes. …

Foreclosure Fears Rise in Texas with Jump in Late Mortgages After Harvey

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.” …

Economist: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact Will Guide Future Development in Houston

A Houston business group said on Dec. 8 that Hurricane Harvey’s biggest long-term impact on the nation’s fourth-largest city likely will be on where and how new homes and structures are built. The results of Harvey’s flooding will likely guide …

Texas’ Harris County OKs Post-Harvey Flood Construction Rules

Officials in a Texas county devastated by Hurricane Harvey have approved new regulations on building construction in flood-prone locations, rules they touted as the nation’s toughest for a major metropolitan area. The rules taking effect Jan. 1 in unincorporated parts …