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Has Dodging Big Storms Made Houstonians Too Apathetic?

Posted on · (Above: Hurricane Ike as seen in 2008 from NASA’s Earth Observatory. Image Courtesy: NASA)Houston just missed Tropical Storm Cindy. As the storm made its way inland, many Houstonians heeded warnings and stocked up on emergency supplies and prepared themselves. Still, many others shrugged off the warnings and carried on business as usual. It’s the latter […]

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Political Roundup, and Apathy After Storms: Wednesday’s Show (June 28, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political round up and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the latest on the GOP Senate healthcare bill, the Supreme Court reviving parts of President Trump’s travel ban, and other developments in global, national, and state politics — all with an […]

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As Tropical Storm Cindy Progresses, Houston Set For Heavy Rains

Posted on · (Above: The current outlook for Tropical Storm Cindy’s path, as of 11:30 a.m. CST. Image Courtesy: National Weather Service)Much of the Greater Houston region remains under a tropical storm warning as Cindy continues toward the Gulf Coast. While forecasts suggest the worst of the storm is expected to affect areas east of Houston, the region […]

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Hurricane Memories, and a Trip to the Cat Café: Tuesday’s Show (May 30, 2017)

Posted on · The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on Thursday (June 1, 2017). On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Greater Houston to collectively share its memories of major storms that have affected the area, from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 to storms much further back in our memories. Joining us for […]

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Research Shows New Ways to Protect Against Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Posted on · Research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is offering new solutions to better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of future hurricanes and storms. With the Atlantic hurricane season just behind us, we talk with three researchers about the legal implications of the proposals, the costs and benefits of each, and how […]

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Tropical Storm Bill Makes Landfall

Posted on · It has a name: Tropical Storm Bill. And it’s expected to make landfall on the Texas coast this morning and move inland throughout the day. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas, from Baffin Bay south of Corpus Christi to High Island, up the coast from Galveston. The southern coast is where […]

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Protecting the Texas Coast from Storms: It’s a Year-Round Job

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Is Houston Prepared to Handle Flooding?

Posted on · It seems like every time there’s even moderately heavy rain here in Houston, we experience some measure of flooding. That’s to be expected when you live in a very flat city that’s only 43 feet above sea level. Still, while flooding may not be preventable, there may be steps to take to mitigate it. Today […]