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
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.
State Bar Disaster Resources for Attorneys — Information on this page includes recovery plans, court closures, court orders, and other items.
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.
Latest Harvey News
Woman dies from flesh-eating infection after falling in floodwaters — After falling into floodwaters, a 77-year-old Kingwood woman died from necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating infection caused from exposure to bacteria, according to Roxanne Mena, a forensic investigator with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. — Houston Press
Documents detail concerns about Houston dams — before Harvey — How concerned is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the integrity of Addicks and Barker reservoirs? The agency has never answered the question clearly, but documents offer new clues. — The Texas Tribune
Army Corps should have bought easements to make room for flood pools, lawsuit says — A federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers claims government officials knew for years that water impounded behind Addicks and Barker dams would flood thousands of suburban homes during an extreme storm – and yet did nothing to advise or compensate property owners. (Subscription required) — Houston Chronicle
Texas’ oil regulator took vacation amid Harvey — Texas’ chief oil and gas regulator was on vacation in the critical days surrounding Hurricane Harvey as her agency grappled with fuel shortages and scrambled to respond to refinery spills caused by the storm. — The Associated Press
Why won’t Gov. Abbott tap the Rainy Day Fund for Harvey relief? — In a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting that the state tap into its $10 billion Rainy Day Fund, Mayor Sylvester Turner couldn’t help stating the obvious: Hurricane Harvey, which pounded the Texas Coast for days, was the wettest storm in U.S. history. What better time to make use of a fund saved for rainy days? — Houston Press
Lives upended, Harvey evacuees attending San Antonio schools — Crouched over a Northside Independent School District enrollment application, Lori Bailey, a 29-year-old mother of three, hesitated. Her hand hovered over the word “homeless” as she considered the words and images associated with it. Then she checked the box. (Subscription required) — San Antonio Express-News
Slideshow: For southeast Texas, recovery after Harvey is slow — Reporter Morgan Smith and photographer Michael Stravato recently toured southeast Texas to document Harvey’s aftermath. — The Texas Tribune
Texas A.G. warns consumers about buying flood-damaged vehicles — From Texas Attorney General’s Office – Attorney General Ken Paxton today is advising any Texan considering a used car purchase to be wary of vehicles for sale that might have suffered flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. — KFDM – Beaumont