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Fooled me many times, shame on us

Disaster relief | As taxpayers fund payouts for homes flooded multiple times, some lawmakers are calling for reform
by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/20/17, 04:38 pm

HOUSTON—Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters had barely drained from Houston’s streets before major media outlets began publishing stories about how much it would cost to repair the damage—and how little the city and its residents had learned from past flood events.

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House OKs $36.5 billion disaster relief bill

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/12/17, 04:18 pm

WASHINGTON—The House of Representatives easily passed a bill Thursday to send $36.5 billion in aid to the many U.S. communities recovering from natural disasters. The spending package passed 353-69, with all “no” votes coming from Republicans concerned about running up a tab for disaster aid without carving out offsets. The funds include $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, $16 billion to pay down the National Flood Insurance Program’s debt, and $1.27 billion for disaster food assistance for Puerto Rico.

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Calling all hands

Disasters | Hurricane Harvey has proven churches and volunteers remain vital to disaster recovery efforts
by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/14/17, 09:25 am

FRIENDSWOOD & PEARLAND, Texas—James Yoakum stood in his front yard and surveyed a growing pile of debris, items that once filled his house: soggy drywall, a stack of moldy books, a waterlogged couch. One small suitcase caked in mud perched next to a pink princess bag that belched murky water when Yoakum unzipped it. The throat-tickling tang of mildew, sewage, and rotting garbage filled the air.

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