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Engineer Sounds the Alarm on Houston’s Aging Water Infrastructure

Posted on · We've all experienced a power outage for one reason or another – whether it's a few minutes or hours. And, unfortunately, being in hurricane country, some Houstonians have had to experience being without power for days or more after a big storm. But what if you had to do without running water for that long? […]

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Some Clear Lake Residents Oppose New Park Plan For Old Golf Course

Posted on · One of the few things many people in a neighborhood can agree upon is parks. But, in Clear Lake, the details on how to redevelop one park has drawn strong opposition from some long-time residents. The local water authority wants to turn a former golf course into a park that will also mitigate flooding. But […]

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What’s Being Done to Prevent More Flooding in Meyerland?

Posted on · This week, Brazos Bend State Park reopened. It was closed for several weeks due to flood damage. It’s just one of many areas in and around Greater Houston that contended with flooding over Memorial Day weekend, prompted by a strong, fast-developing and sustained storm, which dropped up to 11 inches of rain over the area […]

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How Do We React to Impending Storms — Is it Appropriate or Too Much Hype?

Posted on · Whenever there's a storm headed our way, we respond in a number of ways. Many Houstonians heed warnings of public officials to shelter in place if the storm is particularly serious. Others flaunt such warnings and make up their own minds about how dangerous a coming storm may be. Some media seek to explain what's […]

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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 […]

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Tropical Storm Bill: Tuesday’s Show (June 16, 2015)

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 […]

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More Flooding Possible as Tropical Disturbance Heads Toward Texas

Posted on · Greater Houston is bracing for the impending landfall of a developing tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico, which could lead to heavy rains causing more flooding in the area. While it’s not yet technically a tropical storm, that doesn’t lessen the flooding threat, as anywhere from a few inches to more than a foot […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Legislature Ends, Homeless Vets and a Cattle Drive: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week — some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating Friday panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On today's panel: Wayne […]

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Is Texas Doing Enough to Prevent Floods?

Posted on · Eight dead in Houston, millions of dollars in damages — by now we all know how the Memorial Day rains affected the region, and while we can't stop the rain, some argue we could do more to mitigate the results. Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab, a division of The Atlantic. In a […]