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Texas Developers’ Use of Fill for Flood Resilience Scrutinized Post-Harvey

Texas home developers’ practice of using dirt to raise homes above a flood plain is drawing increased scrutiny as experts question flood resilience measures after Hurricane Harvey. Some experts argued using dirt, or fill, reduces storage for stormwater and worsens …

U.S. Flood Insurance Program Expects $11B in Texas Flood Payouts

U.S. officials estimate the FEMA-run National Flood Insurance Program will make $11 billion in payments for flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey, the program’s administrator Roy Wright said. Additionally, in an attempt to make those payments more quickly, homeowners …

Texas GOP Leaders Push for Expensive, Long-Delayed Flood Infrastructure Projects

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is calling for the construction of flood control infrastructure in the Houston area — things he said should have been built “decades and decades ago” — including a coastal …

Texas Governor Adds More Counties to Disaster Declaration, Requests Federal Aid

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has added Brown, Caldwell, Callahan, Clay, Comanche, Eastland, Falls, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Madison, Somervell, Stephens, Travis and Trinity to the list of counties declared disaster areas following recent severe weather and flooding in the state. Previously, …

Rain Slows, But Flooding Continues in Southeast Texas

The heavy rain that’s been hovering over parts of southeast and central Texas and caused deadly flooding began to lift on Saturday, June 4, but officials said the flooding emergency near the Gulf Coast was worsening and Army officials kept …

‘100-Year Floods’ Happen More Often Than People Think

Eleven months ago, Houston had a deadly flood. This week, the city had another. Events like these are often called “100-year floods,” and that can be misleading. The U.S. government began using the term in the 1960s to describe a …

Texas Inundated as Storms Dump More than a Foot of Rain

A slow moving weather system has dumped up to 20 inches of rainfall west and northwest of Houston causing flooding and travel cancellations, the Insurance Council of Texas reports. Heavy rain primarily east of Austin has sent the Colorado River …

Weather-Related Property Claims Mount in Texas

Severe weather in all regions of the state this year has resulted in high numbers of insurance claims from property and auto losses in Texas, according to an insurance company trade group. The Insurance Council of Texas reported that paid …

Hurricane Patricia Takes It Relatively Easy on Texas

Drenching storms that the remnants of Hurricane Patricia dragged into Texas finally cleared on Oct. 25 without leaving behind the death or devastation of torrential rain and floods that hit the state earlier in the year. Some parts of Texas …

ICT: Less than 25% of Texas Homeowners Carry Flood Insurance

Most Texas homeowners are unprotected when it comes to flood damage, a state insurance trade group says. Less than 25 percent of Texas homeowners carry flood insurance despite the risks of massive downpours that could occur in certain flood prone …