Corpus Christi's North Beach floods even without rain. Here's why it has drainage issues

Corpus Christi's North Beach floods even without rain. Here's why it has drainage issues

CLOSE Residents and business owners on North Beach spoke out in support and against a proposed $40 million canal project. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times CLOSE A task force believes its redevelopment plans will both draw visitors to North Beach and fix the neighborhood’s flooding and beach erosion problems. Kathryn Cargo, Corpus Christi Caller Times Kim Novak’s North Beach business often is surrounded by flooded streets.  The flooding makes it difficult for customers to…

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$9.5 million bond could fix major flooding issues in Robstown

$9.5 million bond could fix major flooding issues in Robstown

CLOSE Officials for the Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay hope the Robstown shopping center can bounce back after its 2019 foreclosure. Courtney Sacco and Chris Ramirez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times After a thunderstorm rolls through Robstown, vehicles stall out in standing water on State Highway 44.  Water surrounds Robstown High School and floods the Bluebonnet subdivision. This causes the school district to delay school start times.  The flooding happens because of an outdated drainage ditch that runs along…

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Aransas County officials want to build 'micro' hospital in hurricane-damaged Rockport

CLOSE Curtis and Cortny Robertson and their six children were welcomed into a furnished, decorated four-bedroom home Tuesday afternoon. David Silva Ramirez, Wochit The closest hospital to Rockport is more than 30 miles away, in another county. To get to the closest hospital — Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline in Corpus Christi — residents have to cross two bridges and weave through major road construction.  It also takes more than an hour for an ambulance to transport…

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Viral video shows tornado hitting North Texas home

Viral video shows tornado hitting North Texas home

CLOSE Here are some tips on what to do during a tornado. Alexandria Rodriguez/Caller-Times Editor’s Note: The videos below contains some use of profanity. We’re sharing them here because of their news value.  A North Texas man’s video of a tornado hitting his home on Sunday night has gone viral. Aamer Alasaad from Richardson, Texas, posted the video on Twitter after his home’s roof caved in. Alasaad is one of the many residents in North…

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Coastal Bend chambers protest potential Texas Windstorm Insurance Association rate hike

CLOSE Area chambers of commerce joined together for a second rally to say “no” to a proposed windstorm rate increase. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Some South Texas residents say windstorm insurance for their homes costs more than their property taxes. Dozens of Coastal Bend officials and business leaders gathered Monday morning at a press conference to protest a potential Texas Windstorm Association rate hike.  “My taxes are cheaper than my windstorm insurance,” Fulton Mayor…

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Can math alone decide a windstorm insurance rate hike for the Texas coast?

Can math alone decide a windstorm insurance rate hike for the Texas coast?

Corpus Christi business leaders are preparing for a big fight Thursday against windstorm insurance rate hikes. On that day, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s Actuarial & Underwriting Committee will meet in Austin. WHAT’S AN ACTUARIAL COMMITTEE It might help to know, first, what an “actuarial” is. The insurance industry employs people called “actuaries” who practice a discipline known as actuarial science. Actuaries are the people who tell insurers how much they need to charge you in…

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1919 Hurricane Demonstrates how Past Speaks to Present

1919 Hurricane Demonstrates how Past Speaks to Present

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – To commemorate the 1919 Hurricane that ravaged the coastal city of Corpus Christi and claimed as many as 1,000 lives, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Historical Forum along with the Mary and Jeff Bell Library hosted “100 Years After the Storm” on Friday, Sept. 13. The program, which was part of “Remember the Hurricane of 1919: 100 Year Anniversary,” featured guest speaker Mary Jo O’Rear, an Islander alumna, author, and historian…

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Tropical Storm Imelda: Here's the weather forecast for South Texas

Tropical Storm Imelda: Here's the weather forecast for South Texas

CLOSE The National Weather Service has operated an office in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1887. It moved to property at the international airport in 1995. Chris Ramirez/Caller-Times The National Hurricane Center is watching Tropical Storm Imelda moves over the western Gulf of Mexico this week.  The tropical storm warning remains in effect from Sargent to Port Bolivar, along the upper east coast and the storm is expected to move farther inland across eastern Texas tonight and Wednesday….

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South Texas weather: Disturbance in Gulf of Mexico becomes Tropical Storm

South Texas weather: Disturbance in Gulf of Mexico becomes Tropical Storm

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about South Texas weather: Disturbance in Gulf of Mexico becomes Tropical Storm The National Hurricane Center is watching Tropical Storm Imelda over the Gulf of Mexico. Here’s what that could mean for South Texas. Post to Facebook Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. CLOSE The National…

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See Corpus Christi before and after 1919 hurricane at Nueces County Courthouse exhibit

CLOSE A Category 3 hurricane made landfall near Corpus Christi on Sept. 14, 1919. The city’s downtown and North Beach were decimated. Allison Ehrlich, Corpus Christi Caller-Times The hurricane that swept through the Coastal Bend 100 years ago forever changed the face of Corpus Christi. As many as 800 people were killed, and monetary losses totaled nearly $300 million in today’s dollars. But it also ushered in a new era for the city by finally…

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Corpus Christi's 1919 hurricane brought destruction, but reshaped the city for the future

Corpus Christi's 1919 hurricane brought destruction, but reshaped the city for the future

Share This Story Sometimes it takes a hurricane to blow the winds of change into a city. Such was the case in Corpus Christi, where the seawall, Shoreline Boulevard and even the Port of Corpus Christi owe their existence to the devastating storm that smashed into the city Sunday, Sept. 14, 1919.  The hurricane made landfall 25 miles south of Corpus Christi, packing 115 mph winds and a storm surge that reached up to 16…

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#TBT: Survivor of Corpus Christi's 1919 hurricane created Saffir-Simpson scale

#TBT: Survivor of Corpus Christi's 1919 hurricane created Saffir-Simpson scale

CLOSE A Category 3 hurricane made landfall near Corpus Christi on Sept. 14, 1919. The city’s downtown and North Beach were decimated. Allison Ehrlich, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Clyde Simpson pushed through waist-high water in downtown Corpus Christi Sept. 14, 1919, carrying his 6-year-old son, Robert, in his arms.  A 16-foot storm surge was being pushed ahead of a Category 3 hurricane bearing down on the city. Buy Photo The Old Nueces County Courthouse after 1914…

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THROWBACK: Survivor of Corpus Christi's 1919 hurricane created Saffir-Simpson scale

THROWBACK: Survivor of Corpus Christi's 1919 hurricane created Saffir-Simpson scale

CLOSE A Category 3 hurricane made landfall near Corpus Christi on Sept. 14, 1919. The city’s downtown and North Beach were decimated. Allison Ehrlich, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Clyde Simpson pushed through waist-high water in downtown Corpus Christi Sept. 14, 1919, carrying his 6-year-old son, Robert, in his arms.  A 16-foot storm surge was being pushed ahead of a Category 3 hurricane bearing down on the city. Buy Photo The Old Nueces County Courthouse after 1914…

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RETREET providing free trees to Aransas Country residents affected by Hurricane Harvey

CLOSE Certified arborists from Austin gathered at Goose Island State Park in Rockport to tend to Big Tree and give treat it with the best possible care on Friday. RETREET, a non-profit organization redefining disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees, will lead volunteers in planting up to 150 native trees, free of charge, at the homes of residents of Aransas County affected by Hurricane Harvey. On Saturday, Nov. 16, volunteers from all over the…

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'100 Years After the Storm,' Island University Hosts Forum to Remember the 1919 Hurricane

'100 Years After the Storm,' Island University Hosts Forum to Remember the 1919 Hurricane

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two years after Hurricane Harvey and in the midst of the 2019 hurricane season, the Coastal Bend community knows all too well that while skies may be clear today, history reminds us that life on the coast requires a sense of constant vigilance. On Sept. 14, 1919, a massive hurricane struck Corpus Christi Bay, burying downtown under 10 feet of debris and claiming as many as 1,000 lives. Prior to the…

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Tropical Storm Fernand will bring rain to South Texas

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times As Tropical Storm Fernand moves west toward the northeast coast of Mexico, it is expected to impact South Texas.  A Tropical Storm Warning was issued Tuesday for areas northeast of Mexico. “The local impacts across South Texas include increased rain chances, increased swells and a higher risk for rip currents,” a weather statement reads. Tropical Storm Fernand was moving west…

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott visits Fulton in honor of the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Harvey

CLOSE Students from across Texas are helping homeowners dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and learning vital and handy skills themselves. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times More than a hundred Fulton residents stood silent as they watched Texas Gov. Greg Abbott publicly sign two bills that could help Texans in the future affected by a natural disaster. The bills, known officially as House Bill 6 and Senate Bill 6, will improve emergency management, response…

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South Texas communities will mark second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey at these events

CLOSE Curtis and Cortny Robertson and their six children were welcomed into a furnished, decorated four-bedroom home Tuesday afternoon. David Silva Ramirez, Wochit Hurricane Harvey roared into the Coastal Bend on Aug. 25, 2017, devastating communities along the South Texas coast. The Category 4 storm packed winds up to 152 mph and a storm surge between five to 12 feet. Among the hardest hit were cities like Rockport/Fulton in Aransas County and Port Aransas in…

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Why is it so hot? Hurricane Barry to blame for high temperatures in South Texas

Why is it so hot? Hurricane Barry to blame for high temperatures in South Texas

CLOSE Summer is finally here and so is the heat. Here are 5 tips on how you can beat the heat and stay cool this summer. Meagan Falcon/Caller-Times Temperatures have reached an all-time high this week — some have even broke past 100 degrees. And we can blame Hurricane Barry for it, officials with the National Weather Service Corpus Christi said. Penny Harness, a meteorologist with the weather service said Hurricane Barry, which made landfall in Louisiana early…

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120 Texas students spend week helping in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

120 Texas students spend week helping in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

CLOSE Students from across Texas are helping homeowners dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and learning vital and handy skills themselves. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times A summer retreat doesn’t typically involve repainting strangers’ homes, cutting wood for someone’s house siding or helping clear out a demolition-bound trailer.  But for one week, students from across Texas came together to help residents still affected by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey nearly two years ago. Roughly 120 students arrived Monday at First…

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How can a canal full of water reduce flooding on Corpus Christi's North Beach? Let's see

How can a canal full of water reduce flooding on Corpus Christi's North Beach? Let's see

CLOSE A task force believes its redevelopment plans will both draw visitors to North Beach and fix the neighborhood’s flooding and beach erosion problems. Kathryn Cargo, Corpus Christi Caller Times It’s easy for Corpus Christi residents to forget about North Beach unless they live there or work at the Texas State Aquarium or Lexington Museum. But the entire city has a big stake in North Beach, not only because of those two major visitor attractions,…

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South Texas may be clear of tropical storm Barry, expected to become a hurricane

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about South Texas may be clear of tropical storm Barry, expected to become a hurricane The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Barry in the northern Gulf of Mexico which is expected to become a hurricane. Post to Facebook Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed….

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Hurricane evacuation: After Hurricane Harvey here's what could happen with the next storm

Hurricane evacuation: After Hurricane Harvey here's what could happen with the next storm

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times It’s always the big question when a hurricane approaches: hunker down or get out of dodge? That’s exactly what academics and local officials want to know about a post-Harvey Coastal Bend — who left before the storm, who didn’t, why and if they would make the same decision again. Earlier this month, Texas A&M University researchers sent…

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says Harvey lessons in play as hurricane preparedness plans launch

CLOSE Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the state’s emergency management center, July 10, 2019. John C Moritz, USA Today Network A tropical storm could develop in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says. AUSTIN  — With the makings of a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday put state search and rescue teams on standby and began identifying potential sites to shelter Texans who may have…

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to outline hurricane preparedness as storm brews in Gulf

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to outline hurricane preparedness as storm brews in Gulf

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times A tropical storm could develop in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says. AUSTIN  — With the makings of a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico,Gov. Greg Abbott is planning Texas’ response and is expected to offer details at a news conference on Wednesday. Abbott will be in the state’s Emergency…

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Rockport family receives a new home nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey

CLOSE A C-130 touched down at Corpus Christi International Airport as a part of an evacuation drill to prepare for severe weather. David Silva Ramirez, Wochit Almost two years after Hurricane Harvey tore down their Rockport home, the eight-member Robertson family received a new one big enough to accommodate them. Curtis and Cortny Robertson and their six children were welcomed into their furnished, decorated four-bedroom home Tuesday afternoon. The construction of the residence was a part of a collaboration…

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Blucher Institute Partners with Colorado State Researchers to Study Hurricane Harvey

Blucher Institute Partners with Colorado State Researchers to Study Hurricane Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – During the month of June 2019, the Conrad Blucher Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi acted as home base for a group of students from Colorado State University as they completed a four-week immersion program called the Ethnographic Field School for Risk and Disaster. The program marks the first collaboration between the Blucher Institute and Colorado State and is the first field school of its kind in the U.S., program officials…

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What to do when a hurricane is headed your way

What to do when a hurricane is headed your way

CLOSE Corpus Christi is preparing hurricane evacuation for those without reliable transportation. David Silva Ramirez and Courtney M Sacco, Wochit In the midst of hurricane season, state and local agencies are preparing for the worst. Evacuation drills have commenced throughout Corpus Christi, including an airlift drill on June 12 and a bus evacuation exercise Friday. When it comes to hurricane season, personal preparation is also key. But what should you do once hurricane landfall is imminent? This guide covers…

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Hurricane Harvey recovery: Del Mar College offers free carpentry training to meet demands

Hurricane Harvey recovery: Del Mar College offers free carpentry training to meet demands

CLOSE One Rockport business still recovering from Hurricane Harvey was shocked as they discovered a foot of water in storage units. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Rockport resident Terry Roller has been retired for 13 years. But he jumped at the opportunity to give back to his community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Roller, 69, has been involved in disaster relief work after the 2017 storm ravaged homes, businesses and other buildings in…

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State defense groups run hurricane evacuation drill at Corpus Christi's airport

CLOSE A C-130 touched down at Corpus Christi International Airport as a part of an evacuation drill to prepare for severe weather. David Silva Ramirez, Wochit The Corpus Christi International Airport saw the arrival of military aircraft and mock hurricane patients Wednesday as a part of an evacuation drill. The drill was the result of a partnership between groups that included the airport, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard and the Texas Military Department Patient…

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Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; high winds, rain cause damage

Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; high winds, rain cause damage

CLOSE The National Weather Service has operated an office in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1887. It moved to property at the international airport in 1995. Chris Ramirez/Caller-Times Thousands of Kingsville residents awoke Friday morning to widespread damage and power outages after a storm moved through the area. At its peak more than 9,600 residents in the Kingsville area were without power after the storm hit Thursday night. According to American Electric Power Texas officials, the…

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Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; reported tornado causes damage

Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; reported tornado causes damage

CLOSE The National Weather Service has operated an office in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1887. It moved to property at the international airport in 1995. Chris Ramirez/Caller-Times Thousands of Kingsville residents awoke Friday morning to widespread damage and power outages after a storm moved through the area. At its peak more than 9,600 residents in the Kingsville area were without power after the storm hit Thursday night. According to American Electric Power Texas officials, the…

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Hurricane prep: Here's how Corpus Christi businesses can become disaster-ready

Hurricane prep: Here's how Corpus Christi businesses can become disaster-ready

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times Preparing your business for a disaster or emergency is a lot like preparing your family.  About 50 business and agency leaders from Nueces County gathered Monday to hear from Corpus Christi’s Emergency Management Office about preparing their families and operations for disasters.  Seconds count when a storm approaches.  The message from emergency officials on Monday was…

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City of Corpus Christi offering free sandbags to residents during hurricane season

City of Corpus Christi offering free sandbags to residents during hurricane season

CLOSE The City of Corpus Christi unveiled its Sandbagger machine. The machine lets residents fill up to six sandbags for free. Alexandria Rodriguez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Need sandbags? Now’s your chance to get them — for free. Solid Waste Services is offering free sandbags to residents, according to a news release from the city of Corpus Christi.  The Sandbagger machine will be available for residents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the JC…

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NOAA: Don't be fooled by 'near-normal' hurricane predictions for South Texas

NOAA: Don't be fooled by 'near-normal' hurricane predictions for South Texas

CLOSE Rockport celebrated how far they have come since Hurricane Harvey devastated the area a year ago on Aug. 25, 2017. Alexandria Rodriguez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times June 1 typically marks the start of hurricane season. Residents living on the storm-prone Texas coast shouldn’t get caught off guard by any “normal” predictions.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.  “We don’t want people to be distracted by predictions,”…

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Here's how to watch out for storms during hurricane season

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times The Atlantic side of the U.S. will most likely see a near-normal hurricane season with nine to 15 named storms, according to a new federal report. Under that forecast, four to eight systems would become hurricanes, and two to four of those major, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. Buy Photo A sign over S….

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