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BC-US--Harvey-Year Later Coverage,ADVISORY, US

August 23, 2018

Saturday, Aug. 25, marks the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey coming ashore in Texas as a Category 4 storm. Harvey would kill nearly 70 people and cause billions of dollars in damage along the Gulf Coast and in the Houston area before dissipating. The Associated Press is working on a series of stories that look back on the storm. Our coverage plan is below. Questions should be directed to News Editor Kim Johnson (kjohnson@ap.org). All times EDT.



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HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey has been described as the storm that didn’t discriminate, damaging the neighborhoods of rich and poor alike. But a year after Harvey, those having the hardest time recovering appear to be residents of many of the low-income areas hardest by the storm. Many residents in low-income neighborhoods in Houston and the coastal city of Port Arthur have still not been able to move back into their homes or are living in gutted, unsafe houses they are repairing one room at a time. A lack of information about where they can get help has also exacerbated the difficulties they’ve faced. Community organizers worry that many low-income residents won’t be able to rebuild, leading to gentrification and a reduction in affordable housing in their neighborhoods. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 850 words and photos.


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Hurricane Harvey was massive and slow, and that led to what really distinguishes this monster storm from others: the massive amount of rain. Some parts of Texas got more than 5 feet of rain. The Category 4 storm killed 68 people and swamped coastal communities and Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, inflicting an estimated $125 billion in damage. UPCOMING: 250 words. By Adam Kealoha Causey. With: BC-US--Harvey-Photo Gallery, a collection of images of the storm, its damage and those affect by the crisis.



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HOUSTON — Officials say that Texas overall is in a much better place a year after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The storm killed nearly 70 people, damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Parts of Houston remained flooded for weeks after Harvey. But Houston’s mayor says the city has made great strides the past year. While some residents are still cleaning out their homes, the mounds of debris that lined many city streets are long gone. Houston officials say that overall, the city is running normally but that they’re aware that pockets of Houston are still struggling to recover and they remain focused on ensuring that the city will become more resilient before the next major storm. In Texas, nearly $14 billion has been distributed to those impacted by the storm through federal disaster assistance, loans and National Flood Insurance Program payouts. About $5 billion in federal housing aid is set to be distributed in the state later this year. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos.

With: BC-US--Harvey-Year Later-Donations — Nonprofit organizations are still rebuilding homes, buying new furniture, and filling in the wide gap between what affected families need and what they received from official channels. By Nomaan Merchant. UPCOMING: 400 words.



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HOUSTON — On the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, Houston-area residents were set to vote Saturday to decide the fate of a $2.5 billion bond referendum that would fund a variety of critical flood-control projects. The bond proposal took shape after local leaders indicated that flood mitigation became job one for the area following Harvey’s torrential rainfall, which flooded more than 150,000 homes in Harris County, where Houston is located. By Juan A. Lozano. UPCOMING: 500 words and photos. Will be updated after 8 p.m. EDT Saturday poll close with voting results, if available.



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PORT ARTHUR, Texas — Top Texas Republicans and powerful oil interests want the federal government to help protect the heart of the nation’s refining and petrochemical capacity along the Texas Gulf Coast against the more powerful future storms intensified by global warming. Many argue that such projects should be a national security priority. But others question whether taxpayers should have to protect refineries worth billions that scientists say helped exacerbate the effects of global warming with their emissions— especially in a state where top politicians still dispute the phenomenon’s very existence. After Hurricane Harvey’s destruction last summer, some $3.9 billion is being initially allocated for storm barrier and levee projects to protect the Gulf Coat — and areas with high concentrations of refineries and petrochemical plants are specifically being prioritized. By Will Weissert. SENT: 1,100 words and photos.

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