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Hurricane Harvey Victims Turn to Social Media for Assistance

Hurricane Harvey Victims Turn to Social Media for Assistance

With local 911 systems choked by calls during Hurricane Harvey, many Houston residents tried going viral over Facebook and Twitter, one of the widest uses of social media in a natural disaster.

Published 4 months ago

Amid Harvey Flooding, Hospitals Offer ‘Islands of Humanity’

Amid Harvey Flooding, Hospitals Offer ‘Islands of Humanity’

Houston’s hospitals strained to deliver care as floodwaters thwarted cancer and kidney-dialysis treatment, stalled ambulance traffic and left officials worriedly monitoring dwindling supplies of food and medicines.

Published 4 months ago

In Releasing Water from Houston Dams, Army Corps Picks Least Bad Option

In Releasing Water from Houston Dams, Army Corps Picks Least Bad Option

Facing a dilemma as water volumes rose to perilous levels in its two reservoirs west of the city center, the Army Corps of Engineers ordered controlled releases, adding to flooding but heading off potentially worse damage.

Published 4 months ago

Hurricane Harvey Leaves Congress With a Pair of Financial Challenges

Hurricane Harvey Leaves Congress With a Pair of Financial Challenges

Congress will face two unexpected financial challenges next month from Hurricane Harvey: further shoring up a heavily indebted federal flood insurance program and providing emergency aid for uninsured damage.

Published 4 months ago

Most Houston Businesses Closed as Harvey’s Rains Continue

Most Houston Businesses Closed as Harvey’s Rains Continue

Most major businesses in and around Houston were shut on Monday, with many telling employees to stay home as they waited for floodwaters to recede and started collecting funds for disaster relief organizations.

Published 4 months ago

Schools Closed in Houston Area as Administrators Assess Harvey’s Toll

Schools Closed in Houston Area as Administrators Assess Harvey’s Toll

A new school year in the Houston area got off to a dramatic start, as administrators faced classrooms and facilities filling with water rather than with students amid unprecedented flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Published 4 months ago

Hurricane Harvey Will Cost Tens of Billions of Dollars

Hurricane Harvey Will Cost Tens of Billions of Dollars

Hurricane Harvey will take a financial toll on the nation’s economy, but how much of one depends on the extent of flooding in the coming days.

Published 4 months ago

Harvey’s Lessons for America’s Stretched Energy Infrastructure

Harvey’s Lessons for America’s Stretched Energy Infrastructure

The hurricane’s hitting the Gulf Coast of Texas highlights how the U.S. now relies on fewer refineries, run closer to their limits, to turn crude into fuel and get it to consumers.

Published 4 months ago

Harvey Hits Houston: Scenes From Before and After the Storm

Harvey Hits Houston: Scenes From Before and After the Storm

Thousands are rescued as waters rise to record levels across the region.

Published 4 months ago

Freight Companies Scramble to Reroute Goods in Wake of Harvey

Freight Companies Scramble to Reroute Goods in Wake of Harvey

Trucking fleets, railroads and shipping lines are working to reroute cargo and set up alternate supply lines as Tropical Storm Harvey promises to disrupt freight traffic across southeast Texas for days.

Published 4 months ago

Harvey Takes a Toll of Property-Insurance Stocks

Harvey Takes a Toll of Property-Insurance Stocks

Shares of property insurance companies are falling Monday, the first trading session after Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas.

Published 4 months ago

Houston’s Bush Airport Closed Until Thursday

Houston’s Bush Airport Closed Until Thursday

Houston’s main airport will remain closed until Thursday, extending a block on commercial flights to and from the city in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Published 4 months ago

Are Trump’s August Controversies Careless—Or Calculated?

Are Trump’s August Controversies Careless—Or Calculated?

There are two ways of looking at how President Trump spent August: He ruined the month by mindlessly picking fights with Republican leaders and the media. Or, he deliberately chose his issues and enemies to speak to middle America.

Published 4 months ago

Harvey to Hit Houston Again

Harvey to Hit Houston Again

Tropical Storm Harvey was poised to re-enter the Gulf of Mexico Monday and make another landfall closer to Houston roughly two days later, prolonging the slow-motion flooding disaster that has crippled one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

Published 4 months ago

Much of Houston’s Flood Damage Could Be Uninsured

Much of Houston’s Flood Damage Could Be Uninsured

More bad new for Houston: Many of the homes and businesses that have been inundated by Hurricane Harvey aren't insured for flooding.

Published 4 months ago