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Texas, the Netherlands Form Partnership Against Flooding

A visit to Houston last week by the Dutch queen highlighted a long friendship between Texas and the Netherlands that grew from their fight against a mutual enemy: flooding. While meeting with Houston’s mayor, Queen Maxima learned how the Netherlands …

Louisiana, Texas Brace for More Heavy Rain and Flooding

Heavy rain across the eastern Texas and western Louisiana Gulf Coasts may bring more flooding on Friday, the National Weather Service said, with rainfall-related deaths rising to five in Louisiana. Of the five deaths, four involved people driving into high …

Imelda Brings Flooding, Disaster Declaration to Southeast Texas

Flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda on Thursday left hundreds of people trapped in their homes and cars; led to water rescues, a hospital evacuation and power outages; and closed entire school districts, according to officials and local media. The flooding …

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, …