The Most Destructive Hurricanes Are Hitting US More Often

The Most Destructive Hurricanes Are Hitting US More Often

Homes are surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Texas. Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the U.S. three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a new study. Experts generally measure a hurricane’s destruction by adding up how much damage it did to people and cities. That can overlook storms that are powerful, but that hit only sparsely…

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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher On How Houston Could Recover Quicker From Floods And Hurricanes

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher On How Houston Could Recover Quicker From Floods And Hurricanes

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher spoke on a wide range of issues during a visit to Houston Public Media. The Houston Democrat represents the 7th Congressional District in west Harris County. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/351412/351410″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> It’s been a long two years for many people who suffered losses when Harvey flooded Houston. Now, there are more people in need of assistance following the…

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Trump threatens to cut US funding for California wildfires

Trump threatens to cut US funding for California wildfires

Christopher Weber, Associated Press Updated 11:46 am CST, Sunday, November 3, 2019 President Donald Trump, center, listening during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. With Trump are Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right. less President Donald Trump, center, listening during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in…

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Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

HOUSTON — Rice University is fighting flooding by tracking Houston’s growth from outer space with a new tool researchers hope could make preparing for and recovering from a disaster easier. “Nothing like this had been done in Houston,” said Chris Hakkenberg, a postdoctoral research assistant at Northern Arizona University and Kinder Scholar at Rice University. Hakkenberg used an algorithm to compile images of the Houston area from multiple satellites flying 438 miles above, taken three…

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Fort Bend County Faces Flooding, Traffic Issues Like The Rest Of Greater Houston

Fort Bend County Faces Flooding, Traffic Issues Like The Rest Of Greater Houston

Fort Bend County Judge KP George with Craig Cohen in the Houston Matters studios. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/350219/350246″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> As Fort Bend County’s population continues to grow, local officials there find it increasingly challenging to make sure the infrastructure keeps up. Judge KP George, the county’s top elected official, says in the past 20 years traffic hasn’t gotten better — even…

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Tropical Storm Olga forms in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Olga forms in the Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON — The National Hurricane Center says a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico has now become Tropical Storm Olga. The storm, now with sustained winds at 40 MPH, is expected to weaken by the time it makes landfall.  As of Friday afternoon, the forecast cone projects Olga will make landfall along the central Louisiana coast, bring the threat of heavy rain to the state over the weekend. No coastal warnings have been issued….

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Tornado in north Dallas causing &#039;significant damage,&#039; meteorologists say

Tornado in north Dallas causing 'significant damage,' meteorologists say

A tornado watch remains in effect for north and central Texas through 2 a.m. A tornado watch remains in effect for north and central Texas through 2 a.m. Photo: National Weather Service Photo: National Weather Service Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A tornado watch remains in effect for north and central Texas through 2 a.m. A tornado watch remains in effect for north and central Texas through 2 a.m….

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Listen: Trump says Texas got rich off Hurricane Harvey, while Speaker Bonnen faces his own storm

Listen: Trump says Texas got rich off Hurricane Harvey, while Speaker Bonnen faces his own storm

Scott Braddock, The Quorum Report Updated 7:18 pm CDT, Friday, October 18, 2019 President Trump rallied his supporters in Dallas this week and took a swipe at Texans in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, joking about leaders in this state still calling him for money two years later. Meantime, the Texas House Republicans rebuffed the GOP Speaker of the House for his behavior in a secretly taped meeting in his office. They’re leaving open the possibility…

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Kingwood residents ask mayor what can be done to prevent flooding

Kingwood residents ask mayor what can be done to prevent flooding

KINGWOOD, Texas – Hundreds of residents attended Thursday night’s Kingwood town hall meeting. The crowd was anxious to hear what the city of Houston was doing to protect their homes from flooding. One of the biggest concerns was the Elm Groves neighborhood. “My residents are about one more rainstorm from being homeless,” one attendee said. Homeowners said their homes flooded twice this year. Once in May and a second time in September during Imelda. “A…

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Here’s How Houston City Council Candidates Say They Would Fight Flooding

Here’s How Houston City Council Candidates Say They Would Fight Flooding

This photo from August 2017 shows a neighborhood near Houston’s Addicks Reservoir after it flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Houston residents ranked flooding as the most important problem facing the city and its neighborhoods — and more than a third said Houston is doing a poor job of addressing it, according to Houston Public Media/KHOU’s recent poll. To find out where candidates for Houston City Council stand on the issue, Houston Public Media invited all 111…

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Houston mayoral debate touches on flooding, budget issues and more

Houston mayoral debate touches on flooding, budget issues and more

HOUSTON – Four candidates vying to be the next mayor of Houston will take the stage Friday at Houston Baptist University to debate the issues. The debate begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KPRC 2 and streamed live at Click2Houston.com. To qualify for tonight’s debate, the candidates had to raise more than $50,000 in political contributions as of Oct. 7. Each of the candidates who met this criterion were invited to be a…

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WEATHER ALERT: Tornado warning canceled for Montgomery County

WEATHER ALERT: Tornado warning canceled for Montgomery County

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Montgomery County.  Here’s the latest information. Tornado Warning for…  Central Montgomery County in southeastern Texas… * Until 830 AM CDT. * At 754 AM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a  tornado was located just south of Lake Conroe Dam, or near Conroe,  moving east at 30 mph.   HAZARD…Tornado.   SOURCE…Radar indicated rotation.   IMPACT…Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without …

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Harris Co. urges residents to apply for FEMA

Harris Co. urges residents to apply for FEMA

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – If you flooded during Tropical Storm Imelda, you can now apply for FEMA assistance. Harris county Is alerting its residents on how to apply for the assistance after an estimated 2,615 homes and 66 businesses flooded during tropical storm Imelda.  In Huffman it’s going to take a lot of work to make homes livable again after flood waters from Luce Bayou devastated homes in the Lochshire Subdivision. “Every home in the…

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FEMA offering assistance to anyone affected by Tropical Storm Imelda

FEMA offering assistance to anyone affected by Tropical Storm Imelda

HOUSTON – FEMA is now offering assistance to anyone affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.  Homeowners, some renters and businesses are all eligible to apply. Applications will be available until Dec. 3. Reported damages require an onsite FEMA inspection and application will be contacted 10 days after submitting an application.  For those who qualify for a grant, FEMA will provide a check or a direct deposit and a letter explaining how to use the money. If…

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Monday’s Show: Kingwood Flooding, Comedian Lewis Black, And An Astros Playoff Update

Monday’s Show: Kingwood Flooding, Comedian Lewis Black, And An Astros Playoff Update

To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/348222/348041″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> On Monday’s Houston Matters: The City of Houston is investigating a storm water system in a Kingwood neighborhood that’s flooded twice this year, most recently during Imelda. City Council member Dave Martin explains why he believes developers are to blame for the frequent flooding there. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use…

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Federal disaster declared for 6 Texas counties

Federal disaster declared for 6 Texas counties

HOUSTON (AP) – Texas officials say a federal disaster declaration has been granted for six Southeast Texas counties that sustained severe flooding caused last month by the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda. Gov. Greg Abbott says the disaster declaration will help provide federal aid for residents in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange counties. The declaration means residents can apply for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Imelda’s remnants dumped more than…

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How to get money from FEMA after Imelda flooding

How to get money from FEMA after Imelda flooding

*EDITOR’S NOTE: The above video is about the Imedla Assistance Fund that was established to help flood victims with damaged homes in the Houston area.* FEMA funds are now available for people whose homes were damaged by the flooding from the remnants of Imelda.  Six Texas counties (Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange) received federal disaster declarations from President Trump on Friday, following Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s state-level declaration for 13 counties. More counties…

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Governor Abbott announces $4 billion flood plan

Governor Abbott announces $4 billion flood plan

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott announced on Friday Commissioner George P. Bush and the Texas General Land Office will lead a historic, comprehensive resiliency and disaster mitigation program, funded by more than $4 billion in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant for Mitigation (CDBG-MIT). The comprehensive program will prioritize large-scale, regional projects that increase the state’s resilience to disasters statewide, protect lives and mitigate against future hurricanes and other…

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Texas to get $4B to help prevent future flooding, but Houston won&#039;t be managing the money

Texas to get $4B to help prevent future flooding, but Houston won't be managing the money

HOUSTON — More than $4 billion in new federal flood prevention funding will be managed by the Texas General Land Office, not the city of Houston or Harris County, according Gov. Greg Abbott. “Houston and Harris County have proven that they are unable to ensure victims are receiving resources in a timely manner,” Abbott spokesman John Wittman said Friday. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant for Mitigation comprises more…

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Houston orders builders to stop discharges into storm sewer after Imelda flooding

Houston orders builders to stop discharges into storm sewer after Imelda flooding

HOUSTON — The City of Houston is ordering three major developers and contractors to immediate stop discharges of sediment, sand, silt and debris from a home development site near Kingwood. The city claims those discharges during Imelda damaged nearby homes and the city’s storm system. Many homes in the Elm Grove subdivision have flooded twice in 2019 despite never flooding before, not even during Harvey. “These folks have gone through Hell and back,” said Houston…

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Humble ISD principal sleeps on roof to raise funds

Humble ISD principal sleeps on roof to raise funds

HUMBLE, Texas – One Humble ISD principal is sleeping on the roof of his school Wednesday night as part of a deal to raise money for families affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.  The deal was that if the school could raise at least $5,000 for Creekwood Middle School families affected by Imelda, Principal Walt Winicki will sleep on the roof, two-stories up in the air. The kids were so determined to make that happen, they…

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Public welcome at fallen deputy's funeral services

Public welcome at fallen deputy's funeral services

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – Today thousands of people from across the city, state and country will pay tribute to Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, who was killed on duty on Friday during a routine traffic stop. The public is welcome at two ceremonies at the Berry Center in Cypress on Wednesday. A funeral procession will begin at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Following the procession, there will be a Sikh religious ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and a law enforcement ceremony at 11:30…

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Public invited to veteran's funeral in Sarasota

Public invited to veteran's funeral in Sarasota

89° × News Local News Texas News National News International News Isiah Factor Uncensored Entertainment The News Edge You Decide Featured Videos Decals honoring Deputy Dhaliwal raise money for family FDA cautions pet owners against dog food brand after sample shows salmonella and listeria Man accused of killing Deputy Dhaliwal had criminal past Send former President Jimmy Carter a birthday message as he turns 95 Most Recent Stories Decals honoring Deputy Dhaliwal raise money for…

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Dog found chained during Imelda flooding has been adopted

Dog found chained during Imelda flooding has been adopted

Editor’s note: The above video is from the original version of this story that aired Sept. 18 when this poor pup still needed a home. HOUSTON — Some happy news for your Sunday: “Cho-Larry,” the poor dog who was found chained up to a fence as Imedla flooded Houston, has a new home. The Houston SPCA on Sunday shared a photo of the kind woman giving Cho-Larry a second chance at life. Cho-Larry has a…

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U.S. Senate candidate Chris Bell

U.S. Senate candidate Chris Bell

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – He has served our community on Houston City Council and in the House of Representatives. Now former Congressman Chris Bell is aiming for a new job, representing all Texans in the United States Senate. What’s Your Point host Greg Groogan, talks with Chris Bell about why he’s running for Senate, and other topics including, immigration, asylum, flooding and climate change, and the prospect of Texas turning Blue in 2020.

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Public welcome at fallen deputy's funeral services

Public welcome at fallen deputy's funeral services

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – A public service will be held on Wednesday for fallen Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, who was killed on duty this week during a routine traffic stop by a fugitive. The funeral ceremony for Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal will be Wednesday 10/2 at the Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress. Sikh religious ceremony at 10:30 a.m., law enforcement ceremony at 11:30. Public welcome at both, space permitting. #hounews — HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) September 28, 2019 Sheriff Gonzalez described Dhaliwal, who…

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Remembering Dep. Dhiwali, Texas' first Sikh deputy

Remembering Dep. Dhiwali, Texas' first Sikh deputy

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, who died in the line of duty after being shot during a traffic stop, was more than just a deputy. MORE: Deputy dies after being shot from behind during traffic stop Sheriff Ed Gonzalez called him a trailblazer and a leader, who represented the true diversity of our community. Dhaliwal joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 as a detention officer. He grabbed the nation’s…

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Deputy dies after being shot during traffic stop

Deputy dies after being shot during traffic stop

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – A Harris County deputy has passed away after being shot in the line of duty. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was shot while conducting a traffic stop on Friday afternoon. The shooting occurred on Willancy Court near West Road in northwest Harris County around 1 p.m.  Sheriff Gonzalez says a male suspect approached the 10-year veteran from behind and shot him a couple of times. I’m sad to share…

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2 teens shot while being chased in east Houston

2 teens shot while being chased in east Houston

80° × News Local News Texas News National News International News Isiah Factor Uncensored Entertainment The News Edge You Decide Featured Videos Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo kicks off with parade Friday Football Fever Klein Oak Panthers and Jack Yates Lions show their pride! Friday Football Fever – Jack Yate HS and Klein Oak showing their school spirit Baby on board: Airline introduces child seat map to allow passengers to avoid sitting next to…

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League City residents collect donations for Winnie

League City residents collect donations for Winnie

LEAGUE CITY, Texas – League City residents are rallying to help flood victims in Winnie by paying it forward after their city flooded during Hurricane Harvey. League City dodged a bullet this time around when Imelda hit, but residents who flooded during Hurricane Harvey said they’ll never forget how outsiders helped them. Now they are collecting donations for those devastated by flooding in Winnie. “We just kicked into high gear right away,” Janice Hallisey, the…

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Houston SPCA heads to Bahamas to aid animal victims of Hurricane Dorian

Houston SPCA heads to Bahamas to aid animal victims of Hurricane Dorian

PHOTOS: Hurricane Dorian wreaks havoc on BahamasHumans are not the only victims of Hurricane Dorian. Thousands of stray animals were left to their own devices, while others were displaced from their owners after they sought refuge.>>>See more for photos of the devastation from Hurricane Dorian… less PHOTOS: Hurricane Dorian wreaks havoc on BahamasHumans are not the only victims of Hurricane Dorian. Thousands of stray animals were left to their own devices, while others were displaced…

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Big rig hits cow, loses load of plywood on US-90

Big rig hits cow, loses load of plywood on US-90

85° × News Local News Texas News National News International News Isiah Factor Uncensored Entertainment The News Edge You Decide Featured Videos Puppies dance while drinking mom’s milk in adorable video Released memo shows Trump prodded Ukraine to probe Biden HPD: Driver ran away after running over homeless man & woman under bridge 28 wild horses killed in Hurricane Dorian ‘mini tsunami’ off North Carolina coast Most Recent Stories Puppies dance while drinking mom’s milk…

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Chambers County surveys damage, begins recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Imelda

Chambers County surveys damage, begins recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Imelda

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Texas – Officials with the Chambers County Emergency Management announced its plans to begin its recovery efforts after Tropical Storm Imelda’s flooding.  To better assess the damage and provide assistance in the most efficient way, officials are asking Chamber County residents affected by Imelda to complete the Imelda Damage Survey on the Chamber’s County Website.  The objective to the survey is to: assess and identify damages and needs in the community, allocate money,…

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Flooding, proposed tax hike discussed at Commissioners Court

Flooding, proposed tax hike discussed at Commissioners Court

HOUSTON – Harris County Commissioners Court held its first meeting since Tropical Storm Imelda hit the area less than a week ago. On Tuesday, flooding, along with a proposed tax hike, were the two hot topics of the day inside the court.  County Judge Lina Hidalgo said according to county engineers, so far, they have counted 741 homes that flooded in the unincorporated areas of Harris County. This doesn’t include the city of Houston or other…

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EPA gauging damage from San Jacinto barge crash

EPA gauging damage from San Jacinto barge crash

HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS – Four and a half years ago, Sherry Griggs saw the risk of breakaway barges on the San Jacinto River. She raised the alarm and no one with any power listened. “I know that sooner or later I’m afraid one of them is going to hit that cap,” Griggs said. “We are going to back to day one as far as what we’ve been fighting for, getting this river cleaned up.” Griggs’…

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Update on Tropical Storm Imelda&#039;s impact on USPS

Update on Tropical Storm Imelda's impact on USPS

HOUSTON – What happened Many Houstonians haven’t received mail since Wednesday as a result of Tropical Imelda Storm’s impact on several post offices east of Houston and near Beaumont. What’s new Officials with the U.S. Postal Service still won’t tell KPRC 2 if the roof collapse at the nation’s largest processing and distribution center in north Houston had anything to do with delays in deliveries. All they could tell us Tuesday is that customers should start…

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Bus drivers criticize HISD after working during Imelda&#039;s flooding event

Bus drivers criticize HISD after working during Imelda's flooding event

HOUSTON – Houston Educational Support Personnel Officials and bus drivers for Houston Independent School District want answers from the district about its decision to keep its schools open during dangerous weather conditions. HESP President Wretha Thomas said Tuesday the decision endangered the lives of its employees, students and bus drivers. Thomas wants answers from the district about its decision to not cancel classes. “I sent a letter to the superintendent and asked her why they didn’t close the…

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Houston School Bus Drivers Say District Made Them Drive In Floods ‘Like An Ocean’

Houston School Bus Drivers Say District Made Them Drive In Floods ‘Like An Ocean’

Houston bus driver Cloria Witherspoon said she faced flooding “like an ocean” during her route last Thursday. Houston Educational Support Personnel, the local union for bus drivers and other school workers, said the Houston Independent School District should act faster when flooding hits, citing treacherous conditions for bus drivers last Thursday. “Just when Mayor Turner said ‘everybody stay put’, HISD was sending our bus drivers and our bus aids out on this dangerous journey to…

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How Texas A&M vets helped save 100 animals after Tropical Storm Imelda

How Texas A&M vets helped save 100 animals after Tropical Storm Imelda

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) has spent the last two weeks helping treat hundreds of animals including more than 200 malnourished animals found at a warehouse in Texas as well as nearly 100 cattle and other animals that are still wading through Imelda’s floodwaters in Jefferson and Chambers counties. less The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) has spent the last two weeks helping treat hundreds of animals including more than 200 malnourished…

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Deshaun Watson invites Aldine player who saved mom, toddler from Imelda&#039;s floods to Texans game

Deshaun Watson invites Aldine player who saved mom, toddler from Imelda's floods to Texans game

HOUSTON — The Aldine High School football player who is credited with saving a mom and her kid from Imelda’s floodwaters last week has been invited to a Texans’ game by none other than Deshaun Watson himself! The quarterback called the Jayden Payne “a real-life hero” and invited him to this Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Vinitta Williams got trapped in the flooding rain Thursday while trying to get her 2-year-old daughter, Ava, home from…

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Five Rules For Employers During the Next Flooding Event

Five Rules For Employers During the Next Flooding Event

We don’t know when it will happen, but it will. In four of the last five years, we have had major flood events, two of which were tropical in nature. And that excludes a couple other storm-ridden days other parts of the country would consider flooding that we just refer to as a “Texas thunderstorm.” Most recently, many were taken by surprise when Tropical Storm Imelda inundated portions of our area with as much as…

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More than 10,000 vehicle flood claims filed in SE Texas due to Imelda flooding

More than 10,000 vehicle flood claims filed in SE Texas due to Imelda flooding

As of Monday morning, more than 10,000 vehicle flood claims have been filed in southeast Texas due to flooding from Imelda. This number comes from the Insurance Council of Texas who said as many as 80 percent of these vehicles will end up being totaled out. Insurance companies have deployed claims teams to severely damaged areas to help customers through the claims process. ICT didn’t give an estimate on the number of claims filed from…

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San Jacinto River Bridge closure creating backups

San Jacinto River Bridge closure creating backups

HOUSTON (FOX 26) – From Channelview to Baytown, the complete closure of I-10 has been a nightmare for both the morning and evening rush hour. As we recover from Tropical Storm Imelda, one of the headaches she left us with is that closure at the San Jacinto River Bridge. A commute of 5-6 miles in this area typically takes a few minutes, but now it’s taking hours. “Oh yeah, it took about two hours we…

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Deshaun Watson invites football star who saved mom, toddler from Imelda&#039;s floods to Texans game

Deshaun Watson invites football star who saved mom, toddler from Imelda's floods to Texans game

HOUSTON — The Aldine High School football player who is credited with saving a mom and her kid from Imelda’s floodwaters last week has been invited to a Texans’ game by none other than Deshaun Watson himself! The quarterback called the Jayden Payne “a real-life hero” and invited him to this Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Vinitta Williams got trapped in the flooding rain Thursday while trying to get her 2-year-old daughter, Ava, home from…

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