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Recovery

Stories about what communities do after a disaster. This includes physical cleanup efforts and work to restore essential services to residents and businesses.

The settlement includes a $15 million civil penalty, $235 million for “all past and future costs” for ongoing cleanup efforts, a $25 million community health program for medical exams and mental health services.
FEMA collaborates with local governments across the country — in Harris County, Texas, their partner is the flood control district — to create and update the maps. Harris County maps have not been overhauled since 2007.
Nearby buildings lost power because of the damaged utility equipment. The outage affected about 1,700 customers. Workers from PSE&G and Verizon responded to the scene to shut down electrical service to the area.
The utility said its crews had restored more than 252,000 customers, leaving 447,550 without electricity. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the aim is for 90 percent of customers to have power by the end of Wednesday.
A look back to 2004 when four hurricanes made landfall in the state, the most recorded in a single year. That year was an especially difficult one for hurricanes as 3,200 people across the world died.
Harris County residents should look for information from the Harris County Office of Emergency Management and Harris County meteorologist Jeff Lindner , as well as sign up for alerts from Ready Harris.
The NTSB said that two electrical blackouts caused the Dali Freighter crew to scramble for control before the 984-foot ship struck the bridge on March 26, collapsing the bridge and killing six construction workers.
Assessments after the May 7 tornadoes found 60 homes and other buildings were destroyed after an EF2 tornado uprooted trees and downed power lines, flipped vehicles, and displaced hundreds of people.
They are among 16 states and one Tribal Nation eligible for the federal funding, which will allow those entities to receive mitigation funding faster after a flood-related disaster.
Officials from the Department of Environmental Quality said that they are consistently monitoring air quality, especially during fire season because "the largest impacts to air quality are from wildlife smoke."