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South Texas officials worry about breaches in border levees

Apr. 14, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

PALMVIEW, Texas (AP) — South Texas officials say they are worried about flooding during the hurricane season starting June 1 from breaches in a levee system that remain after border wall construction was halted. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez told Border Report...

How pandemic, hurricane season threatened whooping cranes

Apr. 10, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Perennially endangered and for decades absent from these marshy wetlands, Louisiana’s whooping cranes can add another milestone to their long journey back from the brink of extinction: They survived 2020. Fewer than 700 whooping cranes exist in...

Hurricane Center report details $2.9 billion cost from Delta

Apr. 03, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Delta, which made landfall about 11 miles (about 18 kilometers) from where the devastating Hurricane Laura hit a little more than a month earlier, cost $2.9 billion in the United States and was linked to six deaths in the U.S. and Mexico, according to a report...

Report fuels more debate on utility's storm response

Mar. 21, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A draft report critical of a utility’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias has Connecticut lawmakers again calling for accountability. The report released late Friday by the state’s Public Utility Regulatory Authority concluded that...

McMaster names state's first chief resilience officer

Mar. 09, 2021 15:05 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Tuesday named a longtime government employee already working on the state’s flooding recovery efforts as the state’s first chief resilience officer. Ben Duncan, who currently directs the state's Disaster...

Deep freeze just latest disaster to befall Houston's needy

Mar. 08, 2021 18:16 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Ernest and Hester Collins already faced their share of hardships before last month's deadly winter storm plunged much of Texas into a deep freeze and knocked out power to millions of homes, including their modest rental in one of Houston's historically Black neighborhoods,...

Analysis: Louisiana weighs hefty borrowing to pay levee debt

Mar. 07, 2021 16:03 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — After Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana delayed paying its debts for improvements to the federal flood protection system stretching across five parishes in the New Orleans area. The massive bill totaling as much as $3 billion is coming due, leaving the state sifting...

Setting up mobile homes after Louisiana storms is slow-going

Mar. 06, 2021 08:36 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Six months after Hurricane Laura wrecked southwest Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency still is trying to set up temporary mobile homes for several thousand families who need a place to live, with an estimate the work won't be complete until more than...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Feb. 24, 2021 12:45 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Feb. 24 The Advocate on the aftermath of winter weather last week in Louisiana: Everything’s bigger in Texas. That includes the scale of a tragedy like last...

Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis

Feb. 21, 2021 14:48 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two days before the storm began, Houston’s chief elected official warned her constituents to prepare as they would for a major hurricane. Many took heed: Texans who could stocked up on food and water, while nonprofits and government agencies set out to help those who...