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100,000 homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey

More than 100 000 homes have been damaged by the record rainfall dumped on Houston by Hurricane Harvey.<p>Soldiers and police in helicopters and high-water trucks rescued thousands of Texans stranded by floodwater from the hurricane on Thursday, which has killed dozens of people and displaced more …

Search goes on for Harvey survivors, Trump requests aid

ORANGE, Texas/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Rescuers searched painstakingly through flooded neighborhoods across southeastern Texas on Friday for people stranded by Hurricane Harvey's deluge as President Donald Trump asked Congress for $7.85 billion in federal disaster relief.<p>The storm, one of the costliest …

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Hurricane Harvey victims hang their hopes on FEMA response

(In paragraph 23 of this Sept. 1 story, corrects amount of disaster loan from $250,000 to $200,000 and property repair and replacement from $100,000 to $40,000.)<p>WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Nearly a week after Hurricane Harvey swamped her home in northeast Houston, Mimi Wilson is pondering how to …

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Houston's flood zone, by boat: Guinea pigs, guns and despair

KINGWOOD, Texas (AP) — Stewart Lawrence stood on a bridge that barely cleared the raging floodwaters below. He held two guinea pigs in a cage and seven rifles he'd rescued from his ruined home, and waited for a boat to come by and deliver him to dry land.<p>He'd been evacuated Tuesday after feet of …

Trump asks for $7.9 billion down payment for Harvey relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers an initial request for a $7.9 billion down payment toward Harvey relief and recovery efforts.<p>The request, expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, would add $7.4 billion to rapidly dwindling Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster …

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First Water, Then Red Ink: The Cost of Recovery When Most Are Uninsured

First water, then red ink: The nightmare of Hurricane Harvey’s deluge of Houston could be exacerbated by the cost of recovery.<p>Experts say the unique nature of Harvey’s devastation means affected residents — and FEMA’s already-broke flood insurance plan — will be the ones reaching into their pockets …

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Houston Widely Flooded a Week After Harvey

Working On Labor Day To Recover From Harvey

Watching helplessly as flood waters rose was not an option for Brandon Parker. This Texas refinery worker and member of the United Steelworkers (USW) union has a jacked-up Suburban and a friend with a boat. There was no way he was going to let family members, neighbors or strangers drown.<p>Like …

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New group to respond to wave of hurricane-related fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors will lead a new Houston-based group created to help law enforcement agencies respond to an inevitable wave of fraud and other criminal activity set off by Harvey's punishing rains.<p>Authorities are warning residents, volunteers and officials in flood zones in …

Texans face a 'triple threat' from insects, mold, and bacteria in Harvey's wake

In under a week, the storm unleashed as much as 51 inches of water in some areas, causing catastrophic flooding that displaced 33,000 Texans. At least 41 people have died since the storm began, and officials expect the toll to rise.<p>People in flooded areas quickly found themselves face-to-face with …

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Houston tries to safeguard some areas by flooding others

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials in Houston sought Friday to safeguard parts of their devastated city by keeping others flooded in the wake of Harvey, which retained enough rain-making power to raise the risk of flooding in the middle of the country a week after it slammed into Texas.<p>The mayor announced …

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In Beaumont, Tex., Hopscotching for Food, Water and Shelter

BEAUMONT, Tex. — Carrie Chambliss climbed into her husband’s truck on Friday and drove a winding route some 70 miles, plowing through deep water, to get from her home in Mauriceville to a grocery store in Beaumont that had “barely anything” left.<p>For the second day in a row, Beaumont is without …

One Week After Harvey, Texas Residents Exhausted, Still Stranded

HOUSTON — A week after Texas was slammed by Hurricane Harvey, this region was still engulfed in crisis on Saturday, with weary residents of Houston searching for ways to repair swamped homes and salvage possessions even as others faced new orders to evacuate. In cities and small towns to the east, …

Air Force helicopters pluck stranded survivors from Harvey flooding

HOVERING ABOVE VIDOR, Texas – Rotors whirling, the HH-60G Pave Hawk hung suspended over a shopping-plaza parking lot near Interstate 10, and two red-shirted men descended on a cable from the helicopter to the pavement below.<p>As they hoisted back aboard the Pave Hawk, Master Sgt. Joe Traska and …

Trump increases federal funding for debris removal: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday authorized an increase in the level of federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures as a result of Hurricane Harvey to 90 percent from 75 percent, the White House said.<p>"President Trump increased cost sharing to …

Houston mayor issues mandatory evacuation of west Houston homes

Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a mandatory evacuation Saturday afternoon for inundated homes in west Houston, calling on residents to leave Saturday evening if possible.<p>The order includes homes west of Gessner Road, east of Highway 6, south of I-10 and north of Briarforest. Turner said the order …

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Funding battle looms as Texas sees Harvey damage at up to $180 billion

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday challenged Congress to raise the government's debt limit in order to free up relief spending for Hurricane Harvey, a disaster that the governor of Texas said had caused up to $180 billion in damage.<p>Harvey, which came ashore on …

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Hurricane Harvey Damages Could Cost up to $180 Billion

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday challenged Congress to raise the government’s debt limit in order to free up relief spending for …

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Mexico readies relief aid for Texas flood victims

<b>Mexico City (CNN) —</b> Hurricane relief aid from Mexico could cross the border into Texas as early as Wednesday, according to Mexican government officials.<p>Carlos Manuel Sada, Mexico's undersecretary for North American relations, told CNN that Mexico is mobilizing efforts and, he said, the US …

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Raw: National Guard Searches Flooded Beaumont

The Latest: House plans Wednesday vote on Harvey aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on disaster aid for Harvey (all times local):<p>1:05 p.m.<p>House leaders have announced plans to vote Wednesday on a bill to deliver disaster relief to Texas as it recovers from Harvey.<p>The move on a $7.9 billion relief package would replenish a rapidly depleting disaster aid …

Storm Harvey: Drone shows trucks tackling Texas floods

Aerial footage shows drivers in Vidor, Texas, dealing with submerged roads after Storm Harvey.<p>Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said the bill for reconstruction could be as high as $180bn (£138bn).

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In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites

<b>Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET</b><p>Officials are still trying to confirm whether Texas floodwaters have spread contamination from decades-old toxic waste sites, as water recedes and residents return to homes that, in some cases, were flooded with water that passed over known contaminated areas.<p>The …

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