Hurricane Harvey News

New Texas Law Requires Home Sellers to Reveal More About Flood History, Risks

When Hurricane Harvey’s devastating rains began overwhelming the Houston area, Donna and George Duggan didn’t immediately evacuate their Katy home. After all, the Duggans, both 62, had lived there for the better part of 20 years and the house had …

2 Years After Harvey, Houston Getting Initial Millions for Flood Control

Houston will receive more than $7 million in grants as initial funding for a pair of flood control projects nearly two years after rain from Hurricane Harvey swamped parts of the city. Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday announced the Federal …

Texas Windstorm Insurer: Rate Inadequacy Up Year Over Year

In advance of its Aug. 6 board meeting in Galveston, the insurer of last resort for wind and hail in counties along the Texas coast said it has determined its residential coverage rates are inadequate by 41.7 percent and its …

Post-Harvey Flood Mitigation Effort Ongoing in Dickinson, Texas

Crews are working to unclog tributaries and bayous snaking through Dickinson to reduce the risk of flooding nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey caused significant damage to the Houston suburb. The August 2017 storm dumped about 50 inches of rain …

Texas Windstorm Insurer Funded at $4.2 Billion for 2019 Hurricane Season

Texas’ insurer of last resort for properties in counties along the state’s coastline says it has $4.2 billion in available funds as this year’s hurricane season gets underway. By comparison, at the start of the hurricane season in 2017 the …

Ghost of Harvey Looms Large as 2019 Hurricane Season Gets Underway

Compared with 2017, last year’s hurricane season was a relatively quiet one for the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Texas, with major U.S. storm systems such as Hurricanes Michael and Florence staying well to the east, impacting Florida and …

Texas Windstorm Insurer Withdraws 10% Rate Increase Filing

Texas’ property insurer of last resort for wind and hail along the Texas coast voted at a May 24, 2019, meeting of its board of directors to withdraw a 10% rate increase filed last year that was subsequently put on …

Cost of Flood-Prone Home Buyouts in Missouri, Elsewhere: $5B and Rising

The residents of the small riverside town of Mosby, Missouri, have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and television. He’s …

Testimony Ends in Texas Suit over Harvey-Related Overflow Dams, Floods

Testimony has ended in the lawsuit by some Texas residents seeking U.S. government compensation after their land flooded when two federally owned reservoirs overflowed during Hurricane Harvey. Testimony wrapped up Friday in Houston, and Judge Charles Lettow of the U.S. …

Texas House OKs Bill to Spend More Than $3B for Flood Control Projects

Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the Texas House approved legislation that would pull more than $3 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to help pay for flood control projects statewide. The House version of …