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A year after the floods, Texas mulls lessons of Hurricane Harvey

by Andy Uhler Aug 24, 2018
Greater Houston area residents are voting on a bond to fund flood mitigation.
Residents evacuate an apartment complex in west Houston where high water coming from the Addicks Reservoir flooded the area after Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017.
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Investors flock to previously flooded Houston neighborhoods with hopes of big returns

by Andy Uhler Aug 22, 2018
Some homeowners are eager to sell, but officials fear new renters will be put in harm's way.
In the Meyerland neighborhood in southwest Houston, Texas, house debris is still being cleared a year after Hurricane Harvey.
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Disaster recovery starts with temporary housing, but many Texans remain displaced

by Andy Uhler Dec 13, 2017
Rockport residents are living in temporary housing miles away, hurting the city's workforce and tax base.
Hotel rooms are few and far between in Rockport, Texas. Many people who received FEMA money for housing are using it to rent homes or hotel rooms in Corpus Christi, 30 miles away.
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Harvey knocked out 80 percent of buildings in Aransas County, Texas, leaving little post-disaster housing

by Andy Uhler Dec 7, 2017
FEMA's bringing in manufactured units and recreational vehicles for temporary homes.
Rene Cartini and her husband, Bo, just moved into their FEMA manufactured housing unit last week. They plan to stay in it until they finish rebuilding their home.
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In Rockport, Texas, residents review Black Friday priorities

by Andy Uhler Nov 24, 2017
As many Americans try to make the most of retailers offering deals on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the 10,000 or so residents of Rockport, Texas, are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Many…

White House requests $44 billion in disaster aid from Congress. Now the negotiations begin

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 20, 2017
Texas, Florida, and especially Puerto Rico say they need tens of billions of more in funding to help recovery efforts. But how do economic cost estimates from a disaster get turned into legislation?
U.S. Army soldiers pass out food, provided by FEMA, to residents in a neighborhood without grid electricity or running water on October 17, 2017 in San Isidro, Puerto Rico.
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Economists look for leading indicators to rebound after storms

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 20, 2017
The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index fell in September, partly from the effects of hurricanes in Texas and Florida.
The economy added around 20,000 to 30,000 fewer jobs in December than experts had predicted.
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Hurricane recovery for an unauthorized immigrant in Houston has added obstacles

by Andy Uhler Oct 25, 2017
Challenges like housing, transportation and finances are especially difficult.
A truck drives through high water along a street in Orange, Texas, on Sept. 6, more than a week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.
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A long, winding path to hurricane recovery in Houston

by Andy Uhler Oct 24, 2017
As Texans wait to for relief funds and repairs post-Hurricane Harvey, the in-between life can be frustrating.
Discarded items sit outside of a flooded home in Orange as Texas slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Sept. 6, 2017.
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Undocumented residents not eligible for FEMA cash payments after disasters

by Andy Uhler Oct 17, 2017
After Hurricane Harvey, the hundreds of thousands of undocumented people living in the Houston area will have to find financial relief in other ways.
Flooded homes following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.
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