Grass fires burn more homes in drought-ravaged North Texas

Grass fires burn more homes in drought-ravaged North Texas

A grass fire spread to at least nine homes in a rural North Texas subdivision Tuesday, marking the second such damaging grass fire spread in the drought-ravaged region in as many days. The fire in the rural Rendon community, 11 miles (17 kilometers) southeast of Fort Worth, came one day after a grass fire spread into a subdivision in Balch Springs, a Dallas suburb. The Rendon fire was reported about 7 p.m. Tuesday when a…

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26 homes damaged after grass fire that quickly spread to Balch Springs neighborhood

26 homes damaged after grass fire that quickly spread to Balch Springs neighborhood

BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Balch Springs Fire Department has released more information about the grass fire that caught several homes on fire Monday afternoon. The grass fire was first reported to officials at 3:17 p.m. Monday. When fire officials responded, there were three acres on fire and winds were gusting between 15 and 20 MPH, causing the fire to spread quickly. Balch Springs Fire Marshal Sean Davis said they believe a lawn crew…

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New book ‘More City Than Water’ maps out the different tolls flooding takes on communities in Houston

New book ‘More City Than Water’ maps out the different tolls flooding takes on communities in Houston

Though this year’s hurricane season has been relatively calm so far, millions of Texans understand the sudden massive destruction those strong storms can bring. Flooding has long been a devastating result of hurricanes for cities along the Gulf Coast. And in the new book “More City Than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas,” editors Lacy Johnson and Cheryl Beckett tell the story of what it really means when catastrophic flooding affects people in different ways in…

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Expanded crews reinforce fight against North Texas wildfire

Expanded crews reinforce fight against North Texas wildfire

July 25, 2022Updated: July 25, 2022 4:34 p.m. GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) — Firefighting teams have thrown dozens of extra crew members into the fight over the weekend against a North Texas wildfire that has destroyed 16 homes and damaged five others, officials said Monday. The crews have held the Chalk Mountain Fire effects in check at 10 1/2 square miles (27 1/4 square kilometers) since last week, according to the Southern Area Blue, Type-I Incident…

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Wildfire in Liberty Hill now 75% contained, officials say

Wildfire in Liberty Hill now 75% contained, officials say

Residents within a two-mile radius were asked to evacuate Saturday afternoon and were allowed to return in the evening. WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management said Saturday evening that all evacuees asked to leave their homes due to the wildfire are now allowed to return. Williamson County authorities first reported a 100-acre fire in Liberty Hill early Saturday afternoon. That fire has since burned through 500 acres and was 75%…

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Authorities responding to wildfire on Tower Road in Liberty Hill

Authorities responding to wildfire on Tower Road in Liberty Hill

Residents within a two-mile radius were asked to evacuate Saturday afternoon and were allowed to return in the evening. WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management said Saturday evening that all evacuees asked to leave their homes due to the wildfire are now allowed to return. Williamson County authorities first reported a 100-acre fire in Liberty Hill early Saturday afternoon. That fire has since burned through 500 acres and was 25%…

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Crews clear fire lines as North Texas wildfires slow advance

Crews clear fire lines as North Texas wildfires slow advance

GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) — Fire crews worked to extend and strengthen fire lines Friday as diminished winds and higher humidity slowed the advance of North Texas wildfires, officials said. The biggest blaze, the Chalk Mountain Fire, did not spread significantly after it blackened 10 1/2 square miles (27 square kilometers) of land, the Southern Area Blue, Type I Incident Management Team said in a statement. Although it was only 10% contained, crews were making…

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Crews make progress against destructive Texas wildfires

Crews make progress against destructive Texas wildfires

Firefighting crews have progressed in their battle against two destructive North Texas wildfires, officials said Thursday. Firefighters have expanded their containment from 15% to 45% Thursday of the 500-acre (200-kilometer) fire that destroyed five homes on Possum Kingdom Lake’s western shore, the Texas A&M Forest Service said. “Crews are definitely getting a handle on this one!” Forest Service spokesman Adam Turner said in an email to The Associated Press. “There is a lot of mopping…

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In an Urgent New Book, “Floodies” Reinvent the Story of Hurricane Harvey

In an Urgent New Book, “Floodies” Reinvent the Story of Hurricane Harvey

The first lesson you learn when you try to explain an act of God is you almost never capture the full story. As I’ve found in my own environment writings and research, hurricanes, wildfires, tornados, and other climate cataclysms destroy us in vast swaths, and the impact is too varied and incalculable for any one writer to convey on their own. And when the almighty strikes Texas, as in the case of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey…

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Firefighters battle at least ten active wildfires in North Texas as more break out across the state

Firefighters battle at least ten active wildfires in North Texas as more break out across the state

More than a dozen homes near Glen Rose, Texas, about 50 miles Southwest of Fort Worth were destroyed by the fast-moving Chalk Mountain fire which has scorched 10 square miles of North Texas. And it’s far from the only fire threatening North Texas. Reports say embers of burning tree crowns were flying up to 200 yards away. As of Thursday morning that fire is just 10% contained.  Five homes are reported destroyed along the western…

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Vigil held in Somervell County for wildfire victims

Vigil held in Somervell County for wildfire victims

SOMERVELL COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents just southwest of DFW are praying that spiritual power will prevent devastating wildfires from doing more damage in Somerville County.  CBS 11 News had the only camera inside the evacuation center where a prayer vigil took place Wednesday night.  There were tears here tonight for those who lost everything and passionate prayers for divine intervention to stop fires that are still raging and threatening homes.  “Lord we don’t understand loss…

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Constant wildfires and extreme heat taking a toll on first responders in Texas

Constant wildfires and extreme heat taking a toll on first responders in Texas

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Fighting near constant fires in these triple digit temperatures is taking a physical and mental toll on first responders in Texas. “So far this week, we have crews out in the Wichita Falls area, out at Possum Kingdom Lake, and we also had crews yesterday out in Bridgeport,” said Deputy Chief Brandon Barth with the Flower Mound Fire Department. The Flower Mound Fire Department sends strike teams out 14 days at a…

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Extreme heat, drought fueling dangerous wildfires across Texas

Extreme heat, drought fueling dangerous wildfires across Texas

Texas A&M Forest Service says firefighters are currently battling 15 fires all over the state. No injuries have been reported but several homes have been destroyed. HOUSTON — Extreme heat and drought conditions are making for a very dangerous situation across the state of Texas.  Firefighters are battling 15 active wildfires as of Wednesday afternoon. Two in North Texas have already destroyed several homes.  “Everybody would love some rain right now,” said Erin O’Connor with…

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Everything we know about the wildfires burning across Texas

Everything we know about the wildfires burning across Texas

Critical fire danger and widespread drought conditions have resulted in multiple wildfires continuing to burn across Texas this week, according to officials. Here’s what we know so far about the wildfires in Texas as of Wednesday, July 20. According to Texas A&M Forest Service, the areas of concern include the eastern Rolling Plains, Cross Timbers, Central Texas, North Texas near the Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth areas, and south along the I-35 corridor near the Capital…

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Evacuation order lifted as Texas wildfires burn amid heat

Evacuation order lifted as Texas wildfires burn amid heat

TERRY WALLACE and KEN MILLER, Associated Press July 20, 2022Updated: July 20, 2022 8:03 a.m. This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 1of5In this image taken from video, a structure burns during a wildfire in Palo Pinto County, Texas on Monday, July 18, 2022. A wildfire has burned at least five homes and resulted in about 300 homes being evacuated around a lake in north Texas amid sweltering temperatures and dry conditions, authorities…

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North Texas wildfire continues to grow amid high heat

North Texas wildfire continues to grow amid high heat

A North Texas wildfire continued to grow Tuesday amid sweltering temperatures and dry conditions after burning at least a dozen structures, officials said. The Chalk Mountain Fire about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth was the largest active Texas wildfire as of Tuesday afternoon after blackening 6,000 acres (2,400 hectares), an increase from 4,000 acres (1,600 hectares) Tuesday morning, the Texas A&M Forest Service said. The fire, which began Monday afternoon, was just…

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Central Texas wildfires: Human error plays large part in sparking fires, state experts say

Central Texas wildfires: Human error plays large part in sparking fires, state experts say

Officials say cigarettes being thrown out a window to barbecues can instantly spark a fire. Bosque County is one area that says more help from the community helps. TEMPLE, Texas — The fiery trend that is burning houses and fields around Central Texas can come to an end around the area if residents start helping out, officials said. Officials added that human error is the route to most of the wildfire we are seeing today….

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Texas wildfire updates: Crews battling large fire north of Huntsville

Texas wildfire updates: Crews battling large fire north of Huntsville

An estimated 1,800 acres are burning as the Nelson Creek Fire remains only 35% contained, officials say. Author: KHOU 11 Staff, WFAA Staff, KVUE Staff Published: 12:54 PM CDT July 19, 2022 Updated: 12:54 PM CDT July 19, 2022 WALKER COUNTY, Texas — Firefighters continue Tuesday to battle a large fire in Walker County. What started Monday afternoon as 100 acres burning, is now being called the Nelson Creek Fire. The Texas A&M Forest Service…

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Texas officials close state park due to massive 500-acre wildfire

Texas officials close state park due to massive 500-acre wildfire

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has closed a state park due to the massive wildfire in Palo Pino County. Officials announced on social media how Dinosaur Valley State Park is now closed as of Tuesday, July 19. According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the destructive fire in Palo Pinto County has burned more than 500 acres and reportedly destroyed at least eight homes. As of Tuesday morning, 10% of the fire has been…

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North Texas wildfire updates: Latest locations, containment, damage and conditions

North Texas wildfire updates: Latest locations, containment, damage and conditions

WFAA, our sister station in Dallas, is tracking each of the wildfires that crews have been battling across the North Texas area. DALLAS — Wildfires broke out across North Texas this week, and hot, dry conditions were here to stay. Temperatures were expected to rise again into the 100s on Tuesday, and no rain was in the immediate forecast. We’re tracking each of the wildfires crews were battling across the North Texas area. Here are…

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Wildfire burns homes around lake in Texas amid high heat

Wildfire burns homes around lake in Texas amid high heat

July 19, 2022Updated: July 19, 2022 7:16 a.m. GRAFORD, Texas (AP) — A wildfire has burned several homes and prompted calls for voluntary evacuations around a lake in north Texas amid sweltering temperatures and dry conditions, authorities said. The fire at Possum Kingdom Lake about 95 miles (153 kilometers) west of Dallas began Monday afternoon, has burned about 500 acres (202 hectares) and was 10% contained late Monday, the Texas A&M Forest Service said. No injuries…

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Crews contain 90-acre wildfire in Florence

Crews contain 90-acre wildfire in Florence

FLORENCE, Texas — The extreme heat has been sparking grassfires in Central Texas. On Monday, fire crews worked to contain a 90-acre fire off County Road 220 in Florence, Texas. Fourteen emergency services agencies worked together to put the fire out. No homes or businesses were affected, and no injuries were reported. Williamson County Emergency Services said the fire departments of Florence, Coupland, Liberty Hill, Georgetown, Round Rock, Hutto, Pflugerville and Burnet; ESD 5; Travis…

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Disaster declaration issued in Kaufman County due to burning wildfire

Disaster declaration issued in Kaufman County due to burning wildfire

KAUFMAN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A disaster declaration has been issued in Kaufman County due to a burning wildfire. The declaration is in effect for seven days after being issued. The almost 500-acre wildfire, labeled King’s Creek Fire, is not spreading anymore but continues to burn.  The fire began burning at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday along County Road 4061. As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, the fire is an estimated 508 acres with 75% contained. As of…

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200-acre wildfire burns near Possum Kingdom Lake

200-acre wildfire burns near Possum Kingdom Lake

PALO PINTO COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A fire has broken out in Palo Pinto County near Possum Kingdom Lake.  On Monday, an estimated 200-acre wildfire started near Possum Kingdom Lake. According to Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is 0% contained as of Monday afternoon. Alert: Texas A&M Forest Service is responding to a request for assistance in Palo Pinto County on the #1148Fire. The fire is an estimated 200 acres and 0% contained. #txfire pic.twitter.com/CIeH8MrG5V…

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Austin Airtanker Base opens to assist with wildfire activity across Texas

Austin Airtanker Base opens to assist with wildfire activity across Texas

The base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will accept aircraft coming and going from wildfires all over the state. AUSTIN, Texas — As dry conditions continue to raise the risk to wildfires across the state, the Texas A&M Forest Service on Friday announced that it is opening the Austin Airtanker Base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to insist with fire activity in Texas. Officials say this year’s activity is trending above normal. Since Jan. 1, the service…

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Repairing Tornado Damage Takes Time, But Research, Outreach Continue

Advancing the newest peanut varieties may take an extra year and this year’s peanut crop may not run through the new peanut sheller. But the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center and Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed at Vernon continue to serve their clients after a May 4 tornado. For Rick Vierling, Ph.D., center director, it’s not so much the existing damage that keeps him busy but rather the greater damage that could occur if large pieces of…

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257-acre wildfire in Dripping Springs now contained

257-acre wildfire in Dripping Springs now contained

About 10 homes were evacuated due to the flames. DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — Crews have contained a 257-acre wildfire in Dripping Springs that began on Wednesday, the Hays County Office of Emergency Management said. Firefighters from North Hays Fire and Wimberley Fire were on the scene on the Storm Ranch property off Gatlin Creek Road. A helicopter made bucket drops over the area, and the Texas A&M Forest Service assisted with bulldozers and air resources. The…

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Crews fighting 75-acre wildfire in Dripping Springs

Crews fighting 75-acre wildfire in Dripping Springs

Evacuations may be needed as a precaution as the fire threatens homes in the area, the Hays County Office of Emergency Management said. Command staff was conducting emergency phone notification for about 10 houses. A helicopter was making bucket drops in over the area, and the Texas A&M Forest Service was en route with bulldozers and air resources. Residents are asked to watch for emergency vehicles in the area. No other information is available at…

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Lots of Texans Celebrated the Fourth of July by Accidentally Setting Off Wildfires

Lots of Texans Celebrated the Fourth of July by Accidentally Setting Off Wildfires

Fourth of July traditions are important to so many of us. Going swimming as the hottest stretch of summer kicks off! Gathering with friends, family, and neighbors to grill up a bunch of hamburgers and watch Joey Chestnut win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! Heading to the park to watch the fireworks show! Now there’s a new tradition: accidentally setting off wildfires during an intense drought as we launch those fireworks. On Monday, the…

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Independence Day Heightens Wildfire Risk

Independence Day Heightens Wildfire Risk

As Texans make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, grilling, camping and fireworks, Texas A&M Forest Service asks everyone to be careful with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark. Approximately 90% of wildfires are caused by humans and their activities, and Independence Day is one of the top days for reported wildfires. With current drought conditions across most of the state, the public is encouraged to help protect Texans by preventing wildfires. …

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Could Tropical Storm Bonnie bring rain to South Texas? Here's the forecast for the July 4th weekend

Could Tropical Storm Bonnie bring rain to South Texas? Here's the forecast for the July 4th weekend

The potential tropical cyclone moving across the Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bonnie and is expected to make landfall in South America. More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s everything you’ll need to be prepared in South Texas Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first named system of the season, will likely make landfall Friday night causing heavy rains, flash flooding and mudslides in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to the National Hurricane Center. Bonnie is forecast to become…

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Flooding, pollution more likely to occur in Houston minority communities

Flooding, pollution more likely to occur in Houston minority communities

File photo. Flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. A new study found that Houston’s minority communities will likely face more flooding and industrial pollution over the next three decades compared to other parts of the area. Areas such as East and South Houston, the Second Ward and Magnolia Park are particularly vulnerable. These communities are subject to a one-two punch of flooding and pollution, caused by the mixing of land-based contamination and floodwaters. Rice University…

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Flooding and pollution in minority communities, and the impact of minority-owned businesses (June 30, 2022)

Flooding and pollution in minority communities, and the impact of minority-owned businesses (June 30, 2022)

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Thursday’s show: Increased flooding across the country is exposing more people to industrial waste, especially those in minority communities, according to new research from Rice University. And the problem is expected to get worse. Also this hour: How big an impact do minority-owned businesses have on the Greater Houston economy? A recent report from…

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A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm. Here's what to know.

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm. Here's what to know.

An area of low pressure over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico could potentially become a tropical depression, bringing much-needed rain to the Texas coast. Hurricane season began June 1, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicted another above-average Atlantic season.  More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s everything you’ll need to be prepared in South Texas The National Hurricane Center is monitoring three disturbances that could become the first named system of the season: Bonnie.  Tropical depression, rainfall possible…

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Activity In Tropics Emerges As Next Big Hurricane Could Send Gas Prices To “Apocalyptic” Levels [VIDEO]

Activity In Tropics Emerges As Next Big Hurricane Could Send Gas Prices To “Apocalyptic” Levels [VIDEO]

Three tropical disturbances are being closely monitored for development in the Atlantic as fears mount that above-average storms could wreak havoc on oil/gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico and send gas prices at the pump to “apocalyptic” heights.  “The lull in the tropics has come to an end as we’re now watching three different areas for development from the Gulf of Mexico to the central Atlantic,” The Weather Channel reports.  The first system is an area…

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Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is heading toward Houston

Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is heading toward Houston

Don’t wait until there’s trouble brewing in the Gulf to prepare your pet. You should have a hurricane kit ready to go for them too. HOUSTON — During hurricane season, it’s important to prepare in advance as much as possible. And that applies to four-legged family members too. During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people and their pets were rescued from flooded neighborhoods.  Other animals were separated from their families during the chaos and ended up in…

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Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is brewing

Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is brewing

Don’t wait until there’s trouble brewing in the Gulf to prepare your pet. You should have a hurricane kit ready to go for them too. HOUSTON — During hurricane season, it’s important to prepare in advance as much as possible. And that applies to four-legged family members too. During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people and their pets were rescued from flooded neighborhoods.  Other animals were separated from their families during the chaos and ended up in…

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Two brothers died in a crash near Lockhart on their way back from fighting wildfires

Two brothers died in a crash near Lockhart on their way back from fighting wildfires

Two brothers, who were both members of the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department (MCVFD), died on their way back from fighting a wildfire in Lockhart on Monday afternoon, June 20. Around 2 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Jonathon Coco, 25, and firefighter Hunter Coco, 20, were driving a brush truck back to the firehouse when their vehicle rolled over on Hwy. 20 near San Jacinto Boulevard in Lockhart. MCVFD spokesperson Samantha Lucas says a driver failed…

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Wildfires bring both destruction and benefits

Nearly 11,000 acres were charred in the Mesquite Heat Wildfire. The trees will take some time to recover, but grass and other native plants will regrow here quickly. Texas is facing an intense wildfire season, with already over 200,000 acres burned so far. Of course, wildfires can have devastating consequences for people, agriculture and the environment. But they also bring some positive ecological effects. The Mesquite Heat fire, off of State Highway 277 scorched nearly…

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City of Corpus Christi Hurricane Preparedness Free Sandbag Distribution Events

City of Corpus Christi Hurricane Preparedness Free Sandbag Distribution Events

The Corpus Christi Public Works Department will partner with military volunteers from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to offer free pre-filled sandbags to residents. There will be two events for residents to obtain sandbags. The first event will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or until all sandbags have been distributed). On this date, residents can pick up sandbags at Waldron Field (3746 Waldron Road) or the City Service…

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City of Corpus Christi Hosts Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

City of Corpus Christi Hosts Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

What:  Emergency Evacuation Training Exercise When:  Friday, June 17              2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Corpus Christi Gym               3202 Cabaniss Parkway, 78415 Who:    City of Corpus Christi              Texas Division Emergency Management              Regional Transit Authority              Corpus Christi Independent School District              Salvation Army              American Red Cross              211 Texas              Functional Needs Support Team CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Representatives from the City of Corpus Christi, Texas Division of Emergency Management and local…

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TxDOT completes Aransas Pass storm wall drill in preparation of hurricane season

TxDOT completes Aransas Pass storm wall drill in preparation of hurricane season

In preparation of hurricane season, the Texas Department of Transportation conducted a drill to install a section of the storm surge wall in Aransas Pass on Tuesday. Aransas Pass has a levee system on the east side of town as protection from rising water during a hurricane. Highway 361 creates an opening in the levee system. The TxDOT drill involves closing that gap with a surge wall barrier, a news release stated. More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s…

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City Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

City Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

  What: Emergency Evacuation Training Exercise  When: Friday, June 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Corpus Christi Gym, 3202 Cabaniss Parkway, 78415    Who: City of Corpus Christi              Texas Division Emergency Management              Regional Transit Authority              Corpus Christi Independent School District              Salvation Army              American Red Cross              211 Texas              Functional Needs Support Team CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Representatives from the City of Corpus Christi, Texas Division of Emergency Management,…

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Memories come flooding back: How lessons from history can help San Antonio manage stormwater

Memories come flooding back: How lessons from history can help San Antonio manage stormwater

On an evening in October 1998, a police sergeant pounded on the door of my family’s home. I watched as he issued an urgent request to my father to use our canoe. The policeman explained there had been a disaster in our city, and there were people who needed to be saved.  I watched as my family’s red Old Town canoe was marched to a convoy of flashing lights and pick-up trucks. Away the heroes…

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