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
Houston housing officials draw ire for evicting elderly residents — Public housing leaders say a high-rise along Buffalo Bayou is unsafe because of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. But folks who live in 2100 Memorial say officials have mishandled the situation. — The Texas Tribune
Hundreds of Harvey prison evacuees start transfer to cooler Texas facilities — A federal judge’s order that some prison inmates relocated amid Hurricane Harvey’s flooding be moved into air-conditioned units is prompting a big prisoner shakeup. — The Texas Tribune
Army Corps to examine Harris County flood control regulations — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to review Harris County’s flood control regulations to gauge whether they sufficiently neutralize the flood risk posed by the region’s booming development, a question that has drawn increasing scrutiny after a series of storms in recent years, capped by Hurricane Harvey, have devastated the region. (Subscription required) — Houston Chronicle
Former state judge named insurance commissioner after Harvey — Gov. Greg Abbott has named a former state appeals court judge as Texas’ new insurance commissioner — a powerful post that will have a higher-than-usual profile following Harvey’s destruction. — The Associated Press
Voices from the Storm — The story of Hurricane Harvey, as told by 28 Texans who helped their state through its darkest hour. — Texas Monthly
Digging out with fewer hands — Recovery is no sure thing in the small Texas towns wrecked by Hurricane Harvey — Austin American-Statesman
Hensarling to flood victims: ‘At some point, God’s telling you to move’ — House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said Thursday that for victims of repeat flooding, “at some point, God’s telling you to move.” — The Dallas Morning News
Miller, Perdue, Conaway uninjured after car accident on Harvey damage tour — Two staffers for U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway and one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were sent to a hospital near El Campo on Thursday after a major car wreck that interrupted a government tour of hurricane damage to agricultural production. — The Texas Tribune
City of Liberty claims new unofficial Harvey rainfall record: 55 inches — Bruce Johnson knew it all along. While the Houston area shuddered at a record-setting 51 inches of rain recorded during Hurricane Harvey, Johnson knew his rural community was hit with even more. — Houston Chronicle
Robinson Elementary outside of Waco helps Houston ISD school with same name recover from Hurricane Harvey — Two Texas elementary schools with the same name might be about 200 miles apart, but students and staff at Robinson Elementary School in Houston and Robinson Elementary School in Robinson are finding out they have more in common than just a school name. — Waco Tribune-Herald