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Houston braces for long cleanup process

by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/31/17, 09:29 am

HOUSTON—Thousands of Southeast Texas residents are preparing to return to their flood-damaged homes to assess the damage and begin the long cleanup process. Harvey’s floodwaters continue to recede, exposing the destruction the tropical storm wrought when it dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the nation’s fourth-largest city.

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Harvey death toll rises

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 8/30/17, 06:07 pm

As floodwaters receded in the Houston area Wednesday, the death toll related to Harvey continued to rise, with authorities discovering more bodies trapped in homes and cars. Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences spokeswoman Tricia Bentley said the medical examiner is conducting autopsies to determine the cause of death of victims and will continue to update the number of dead as more bodies are found. The estimated number of tropical storm–related deaths currently stands at more than 30.

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As the water rises

Disaster | God’s love and grace amid a hurricane
by Leigh Jones
Posted 8/30/17, 04:42 pm

HOUSTON—Last night, my 3-year-old requested some stories from her Bible before bed. We started with Jesus bringing the little girl back to life (one of my daughter’s favorites) and ended with Jesus calming the storm. As I read the familiar account, the Holy Spirit prompted me to consider something I hadn’t before: The disciples, fisherman all their lives, had faced plenty of other storms. The one that churned out of the blue that day created wind and waves so unprecedented, the seasoned sailors cried, “We are lost!”

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