Hurricane Harvey News

Bill Would Prevent Texans from Unknowingly Buying Homes in Flood-Prone Areas

State Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, has legislation that would require sellers of residential properties to notify buyers if a property is located in a flood-prone area — and whether it has previously flooded. Senate Bill 339 would change a provision …

Texas Insurance Department Recommends Flood Disclosure on Property Policies

In its 2018 Biennial Report, the Texas Department of Insurance made several recommendations to the legislature regarding issues the agency believes are worth looking at by lawmakers in the 2019 legislative session. One, at least partly in response to the …

Not all Texas Coastal Residents on Board with Proposed Storm Barrier

A proposed Texas coastal barrier is drawing backlash from some Gulf Coast residents and the state’s land commissioner wants more time for property owners to voice concerns. The plan is designed to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes with a …

Texas Senate Panel: Feds Paid Most of Harvey $2.7B Recovery Cost so Far

Hurricane Harvey recovery will end up costing the state as much as $2 billion, according to a report released Nov. 30 by the Texas Senate’s budget-writing panel, although it said costs may fluctuate based on how much help it receives …

Researchers: Houston Skyscrapers Slowed Hurricane Harvey, Causing More Rain

Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. Hurricane Harvey snagged on the skyscrapers of Houston, causing it to slow and dump more rain than it normally would, one study found. The …

Beach Town Developers Now Believe in Stronger Building Codes, Construction

Developer Jeff Lamkin knew the risks when he paid $250 million for 63 acres of an island off the Texas coast. But he saw only upside in the quaint little beach town of Port Aransas. Over the next 10 years …

Researchers Raise Concerns About Texas Coastal Barrier Plan

Rice University researchers are concerned about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office’s preferred $31 billion proposal to protect the Houston-Galveston region from devastating storm surge. A group of Rice professors plan to raise questions about …

Army Corps, Texas Officials Propose Sweeping Hurricane Protection Plan

Following years of research, studies and public debate, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — in partnership with the state’s General Land Office — has recommended a multi-billion-dollar project that would protect the Houston area and its massive industrial complex …

Study: Houston Needs $2B More in Federal Funds to Fix Harvey Housing Damage

An estimated 130,000 Houstonians affected by Harvey were overlooked in the city’s original housing needs assessment, according to the Houston Housing and Community Development Department. To fix the previously neglected damage, the city needs an extra $2 billion in federal …

Army Corps Preparing its Own Hurricane Protection Plan for Houston

Later this month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will recommend a multi-billion-dollar plan to help protect the Texas coast — the Houston area in particular — from hurricanes. When it will become a reality, however, is anyone’s guess. The …