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
If you are an attorney who has been adversely affected or wish to assist a colleague, please take a moment to complete the State Bar of Texas’ Hurricane Harvey assistance survey.
If you would like to donate money to the hurricane relief effort in Texas, you can give by clicking here.
If you are an attorney who wants to help by giving brief advice, limited-scope service, or full representation to Harvey survivors, please complete the form at texasbar.com/attorneyvolunteer.
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
Houston FEMA flood map missed 75 percent of flood damages, says new study — FEMA’s 100-year flood plain map doesn’t have the best reputation in Bayou City – just ask any Houstonian whose home was outside the flood risk zone yet still filled with water during one if the city’s many and recent flooding events. Still, a new study by Rice University and Texas A&M-Galveston suggests FEMA’s hazard mapping may be even less accurate than most people think. — Houston Chronicle
Texas lets storm victims apply for food stamps far from home, adds 7 counties to program — State social services officials are dropping their requirement that Hurricane Harvey victims return to their home counties to apply for federally provided disaster food relief. — The Dallas Morning News
Raw sewage spilled in Houston area after wastewater plants damaged by Harvey — Nearly 31.6 million gallons of raw sewage spilled across southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, pouring into neighboring communities and waterways as dozens of wastewater treatment plants were hit by high winds and flooding, according to state records. — Houston Chronicle
Anxiety swirls after 200 residents ordered to leave flood-damaged high-apartment complex — On Monday, the nearly 200 residents of the public housing complex at 2100 Memorial Drive were ordered to vacate the property by Saturday, a move city officials said was necessary to evaluate the safety of the building in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. — Houston Chronicle
Some question decision to keep Texas nuclear plant open during Harvey — Nuclear safety watchdogs, who had called for the reactors to be shut down before Harvey arrived, maintained afterward that the plant, which is partly owned by Austin Energy, should have prioritized safety over production. — Austin American-Statesman
Downtown Dallas megashelter for Harvey evacuees to close Wednesday — The downtown Dallas megashelter still housing about 200 Hurricane Harvey evacuees will close Wednesday, city officials say. — The Dallas Morning News
Jones Walker completes Houston office move after delay caused by Hurricane Harvey — Jones Walker has completed its move and officially opened its new downtown Houston space on Sept. 18, the same day partner Lara Pringle assumed the responsibilities of office head for the firm’s Texas offices. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer