Photo: Raeann Barber, 36, formerly of the 9th Ward in New Orleans and now of Southeast Houston, sits on a cot in the George R. Brown Convention Center after her home was flooded in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. Picture taken August 29, 2017. (Brian Thevenot/Reuters)
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The flooding in Texas and Louisiana pose major health and environmental risks to the region. Explosions were reported at a chemical plant just outside Houston, sending plumes of smoke into the air. That’s not to mention mosquitos, mold, and the potential for contaminated drinking water.
The recovery in and around Houston is going to take years. FEMA says it’s registered tens of thousands of people already, and some federal assistance is already being processed. But the vast majority of people in the Houston area don’t have flood insurance. In fact, an Associated Press investigation found that some 25,000 fewer properties had flood insurance compared with last year.
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