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Texas Water Board: Cost to Curb Flooding over 10 Years — $31.5B

The cost to curtail damaging flooding across Texas over the next 10 years is more than $31.5 billion and state officials are urging lawmakers to adopt legislation meant to end a cycle of “repairing and rebuilding,” according to a series …

With Central, South Texas Awash in Water Governor Issues Disaster Declaration

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a State Disaster Declaration for 18 Texas counties impacted by recent severe weather and flooding that has caused widespread property damage and threatened loss of life. The governor’s declaration comes as rain continues to …

Heavy Rains Bring Flooding to Harvey-Impacted Areas in Texas

Heavy rains along the Texas coast have caused flooding in areas that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey less than a year ago. National Weather Service meteorologist Tyler Castillo said Wednesday that since Tuesday, rain of 5 to 10 inches …

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 …