Photo: Texas National Guard Soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas, August 27, 2017. (US Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West)
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As Tropical Storm Harvey moves on to Louisiana, the toll in Texas so far is 19 dead and 8500 rescued, with disasters declared in 33 Texas counties. Two weeks ago, few people had even heard of Hurricane Harvey. Now tens of thousands in Houston have lost all they had. Disasters happen in a flash. President Trump has promised recovery fast -- but historically, it's agonizingly slow, after the TV cameras and crowds of reporters have moved on. Just 12 years ago, Katrina struck Louisiana, raising questions Houstonians are asking today: where do they stay? Can they work? Can their kids go to school? We hear who's hurt most when disaster strikes — and the need to plan for the future — while some urban areas learn about "living with water."
Tracy Jan, Washington Post (@TracyJan)
Samuel Brody, Texas A&M University (@TAMU)
Elizabeth Ferris, Georgetown University (@Beth_Ferris)
Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman (@ndhapple)
St. John Barned-Smith, Houston Chronicle (@stjbs)
David Waggoner, Waggonner & Ball Architects (@wbarchitects)
Jan on people displaced by Katrina, now Harvey
Ferris on when protecting people from natural disasters means relocating them
Waggonner on New Orleans' need to come to terms with the fact it's a delta city
Barack Obama created the program for "Dreamers" — 800,000 people brought to this country illegally before the age of 16. His Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects them from deportation if they attend school, join the military and have not committed a serious crime. They even have work permits. President Trump has until next Tuesday to end the program… and, if he doesn't, federal courts may do it for him, as we hear from Alan Gomez, who reports on immigration for USA Today.
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