Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing a daily collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.
Important Harvey Links
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State Bar Disaster Resources for Attorneys — Information on this page includes recovery plans, court closures, court orders, and other items.
State Bar Disaster Resources the Public — The State Bar of Texas legal hotline — (800) 504-7030 — helps people find answers to basic legal questions and connects them with local legal aid providers following declared disasters.
Latest Harvey News
In car-centric Houston, low-income residents struggle after Harvey ruined their vehicles — In addition to replacing clothes and finding new places to live, many in southeast Texas must repair vehicles or buy new cars. But not being able to get to work for more than three weeks makes that a challenge. — The Texas Tribune
Last 900 Harvey evacuees leave convention center in Houston — Officials say the last 900 Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston have been relocated as the site returns to regular business. — The Associated Press
Hey, Texplainer: How is FEMA distributing money to areas hit by Harvey? — Following Harvey, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott requested money from the federal government, which has sent nearly $1 billion since the federal disaster declaration issued by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25. — The Texas Tribune
Fierce storms haven’t slowed growth along US coastlines — Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull’s-eyes on two of the country’s fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida. — The Associated Press
As some fundraisers focus on Houston, Coastal Bend still gathering donations after Harvey — Kelly Miller Trevino watched “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” and felt saddened to not hear mentions of Rockport or other towns in the Coastal Bend affected by Hurricane Harvey. — Corpus Christi Caller-Times
AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods — The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston’s dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by The Associated Press show dark-colored water surrounding the site as the floods receded, flowing through Vince Bayou and into the city’s ship channel. — The Associated Press
Houston’s convention business survives first post-Harvey test — A group of exploration geophysicists will begin moving exhibits into the George R. Brown Convention Center on Tuesday, just days after the last Hurricane Harvey evacuee left the building. Meanwhile, a gathering of meeting planners will wrap up a successful event at the Marriott Marquis across the street, a feat one official called “incredible.” (Subscription required) — Houston Chronicle
Shale producers pumping more oil despite Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Eagle Ford — A group of exploration geophysicists will begin moving exhibits into the George R. Brown Convention Center on Tuesday, just days after the last Hurricane Harvey evacuee left the building. Meanwhile, a gathering of meeting planners will wrap up a successful event at the Marriott Marquis across the street, a feat one official called “incredible.” — Houston Chronicle
Free legal clinic for veterans in Katy — A free legal advice clinic is available for veterans in Katy on Saturday, September 23, at the Katy VA Outpatient Clinic. — Texas Bar Blog