Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey's Toxic Impact Wasn't Fully Disclosed

6 months later, only a few spills have been investigated by the feds: AP

(Newser) - More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, the extent of the resulting environmental assault is beginning to surface, while questions about the long-term consequences for human health remain unanswered. County, state, and federal records pieced together by the AP and Houston Chronicle reveal more than... More »

We Spent More Money Than Ever on Weather Disasters

Credit 3 hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes, and drought in 2017

(Newser) - With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes, and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. The US had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for... More »

He Fixed Flood-Soaked Homes Post-Harvey. Then, an Infection

Texas carpenter Josue Zurita died of necrotizing fasciitis 6 days after going to the hospital

(Newser) - A 31-year-old Texas man has died from flesh-eating bacteria, the third reported victim to be infected with the rare bug linked to Hurricane Harvey. Josue Zurita, a carpenter helping repair flooded homes, died on Oct. 16, six days after he went to the hospital with a serious infection to his... More »

Want Storm Relief in Texas Town? Pledge Fealty to Israel

ACLU isn't happy about requirement for applicants seeking Harvey aid in Texas

(Newser) - A tweet from the ACLU Thursday noted an oddity taking place in the Lone Star State. "The city of Dickinson, Texas is requiring people applying for Hurricane Harvey aid to promise not to boycott Israel," the tweet read, leaving many commenters puzzled as to how potential financial assistance... More »

Unemployment Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since 1973

Claims for jobless aid drop by 22K to 222K

(Newser) - The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president, the AP reports. The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid dropped by 22,000 to 222,000, the fewest since March 1973. The less volatile four-week average slid... More »

A Big Harvey Donation, From an Unexpected Source

More than 6,600 prisoners in Texas donated almost $54K

(Newser) - As Americans open their wallets to help victims of a recent rash of tragedies—beginning with Hurricane Harvey—a big donation comes from a group that managed the feat despite not having wallets to open. The Dallas News last week reported that more than 6,600 Texas inmates donated $53,... More »

Woman Dies of Flesh-Eating Bacteria From Harvey Floodwaters

Nancy Reed broke and cut her arm when she fell in her son's home

(Newser) - A Texas woman fell into Hurricane Harvey floodwaters at her son's home and ended up dead from flesh-eating bacteria. Nancy Reed, 77, is the second known person to contract flood-related necrotizing fasciitis after Harvey, the Houston Chronicle reports. She died Sept. 15, but the Harris County medical examiner's... More »

EPA Quietly Pulls Waste From Superfund Sites Hit by Harvey

Removed 517 containers of 'unidentified, potentially hazardous material'

(Newser) - The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not said which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not... More »

Air Force Battles a Post-Harvey Villain: Mosquitoes

They're a real nuisance

(Newser) - Texas has sicced the Air Force on a post-Hurricane Harvey enemy: mosquitoes. As of Tuesday, 1.85 million acres (that's about 1% of the state) had been coated with insecticides via Air Force C-130 cargo planes. The planes had at that point sprayed three eastern counties, with plans to... More »

Houston Floodwaters Are Full of Sewage: Report

Testing by 'NYT' shows E. coli is rampant

(Newser) - Houston's floodwaters are contaminated with dangerous bacteria likely responsible for an upswing in health issues, reports the New York Times . The Times organized a team of scientists from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University who tested floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods. In a family's living room at... More »

Giant Oil Spill in Texas After Harvey Flooding

Some of it went into the Houston Ship Channel

(Newser) - A petroleum company says Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters triggered a spill of almost a half-million gallons of gasoline from two storage tanks along the Houston Ship Channel, AP reports. The spill measured 10,988 barrels, which is more than 461,000 gallons. That marks the largest reported spill linked to... More »

Body of Missing Texas Realtor Found, Ex-Husband Charged

Crystal McDowell disappeared the day before Harvey hit

(Newser) - One day before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Crystal Seratte McDowell disappeared after leaving her boyfriend's house in Baytown in the eastern part of the state. On Saturday, the Chambers County Sheriff's Office says it found the remains of the 38-year-old real estate agent in a wooded area—and... More »

Report: Harvey Caused 145K Gallons of Fuel to Spill

Now all eyes are on Florida's petroleum storage facilities as Irma bears down

(Newser) - More than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline, and other contaminants ruptured or otherwise failed when Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, spilling at least 145,000 gallons of fuel and spewing toxic pollutants into the air, per an AP analysis of pollution reports submitted to state and... More »

Couple Married 75 Years Now Famous Due to Hurricanes

Harvey and Irma Schluter have the same first names as the 2 recent hurricanes

(Newser) - Some longtime married couples become famous for visiting Cracker Barrels ; others make headlines because they share names with back-to-back hurricanes. The latter is the case for Harvey and Irma Schluter, who've been wed for 75 years and were surprised to see Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma threatening to wreak... More »

They Fell 'Ill in Middle of Road' After Harvey and Are Suing

Police and medical workers got sick in wake of chemical plant fire

(Newser) - Seven sheriff's deputies and medical emergency responders who say they were sickened by a chemical fire at a plant outside Houston that flooded during Harvey sued the owner Thursday for gross negligence, seeking $1 million in damages, the AP reports. A state judge granted a temporary restraining order to... More »

Harvey Flooding Was So Bad Houston Sank by 2cm

But it should spring back once the waters dissipate

(Newser) - How serious was the flooding in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey? A geophysicist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the entire metro area is now 2 centimeters lower due to the weight of the water. The Houston Chronicle reports Chris Milliner used data from the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory... More »

Trump Sides With Democrats on Harvey Relief, Debt Ceiling

President overrules lawmakers from the GOP

(Newser) - President Trump overruled congressional Republicans and his own treasury secretary Wednesday and cut a deal with Democrats to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit for three months, all part of an agreement to speed money to Harvey relief. In the course of a relatively brief negotiating session... More »

Among Harvey's Victims: 6 Family Members of Selena

The Saldivar family's van sank in a flooded bayou

(Newser) - Six members of a Houston family who died when their van was swept into a flooded bayou were related to the late singer Selena. The Tejano star's father, Abraham Quintanilla, disclosed in an Aug. 28 Facebook post, since taken down, that he was related to the Saldivar family, whose... More »

AP Defends Itself From EPA Attacks After Harvey

The EPA attacks a journalist by name

(Newser) - Taking a page from the Donald Trump playbook, officials at the Environmental Protection Agency attacked a reporter by name for writing what they called an "incredibly misleading story" about the agency's efforts in Hurricane-ravaged Houston, Politico reports. The article, written Saturday for the AP by Michael Biesecker and... More »

Controlled Burn Carried Out at Texas Chemical Plant

All fires at flooded plant now out, authorities say

(Newser) - Authorities carried out a controlled burn Sunday at a chemical plant damaged by Harvey , sending small flames and gray smoke into the sky, after saying the highly unstable compounds that had caused previous explosions needed to be neutralized. Small flames burning in charred structures were seen, with a limited amount... More »

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