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On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

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DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine, where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

NEW ORLEANS, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — New Orleans on Tuesday, August 29, marked 12 years since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the US Gulf Coast, as the low-lying city braced for a potentially devastating new impact by Harvey later this week. Continue reading On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

Texas flood disaster by the numbers

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RIVER/HIGHWAY. Downtown Houston and submerged highways are seen August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighboring state of Louisiana

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — Monster storm Harvey hit the south Texas coast late Friday, August 25, and then stalled, gushing torrents of rain over Houston, the country’s fourth largest city with 6 million people in the greater metropolitan area. Continue reading Texas flood disaster by the numbers

Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

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POTUS IN TEXAS. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas on August 29, 2017, as rains from Hurricane Harvey continue to flood parts of Texas. Jim Watson/AFP

Federal officials estimate that up to half a million people in Texas will ultimately require some form of assistance – but for now the focus remains immediate disaster relief, with many lives still at stake

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — US President Donald Trump toured the Harvey disaster zone in Texas on Tuesday, August 29, as he sought to project an image of leadership in America’s first big natural disaster since he took office, as the battered US Gulf Coast girded for another hit from the huge storm. Continue reading Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity

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Margie David and her husband David Emswiler are rescued by volunteers on a boat from their flooded house in north-west Houston. Photograph: Jay Janner/AP

Houston has some of the most lax building regulations in potential flood zones – and the president wants to spread that policy across the US

August 29, 2017 — After all the furore, it’s hard to remember now that Donald Trump’s combative press conference earlier this month was supposed to be about infrastructure. Holding two flowcharts, Continue reading Trump’s rollback of flood protections risks further Houston-style calamity

Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm’s return

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FLOODED. People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas B. Shea

Officials warn that the danger has not yet passed, with more families still stranded or packed into emergency shelters and the tropical storm once more gathering strength on the Gulf coast

HOUSTON, USA (Aug. 29, 2017) — Rescue teams in boats, trucks and helicopters scrambled Monday, August 28, to reach hundreds of Texans marooned on flooded streets in and around the city of Houston before monster storm Harvey returns. Continue reading Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm’s return

Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

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Leo Adley Dyson Sr: ‘Things don’t change much here.’ Photograph: Shannon Sims

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change

August 18, 2017 — In 50 years, the region near where I grew up, Cameron Parish in south-west Louisiana, will likely be no more. Or rather, it will exist, but it may be underwater, according to the newly Continue reading Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

Climate change made Louisiana’s catastrophic floods much more likely

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Flooded areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, seen on 15 August. ‘We found that the mostly likely impact of climate change is a near doubling of the odds of such a storm.’ Photograph: PO1 Melissa Leake/AFP/Getty Images

Human-derived rising temperatures increased the risk of the natural disaster by at least 40%, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study found

September 8, 2016 — Climate change has radically increased the likelihood of the sort of torrential downpours that triggered ruinous floods in southern Louisiana last month, federal government scientists have said.  Continue reading Climate change made Louisiana’s catastrophic floods much more likely