Houston tackles cleanup after Gulf Coast storm damages city
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Houston tackles cleanup after Gulf Coast storm damages city

Houston residents began cleaning up after Hurricane Beryl swept through the Gulf Coast, leaving significant damage and power outages.

Emily Foxhall reports for The Texas Tribune.


In short:

  • Hurricane Beryl, a Category 1 storm, caused extensive damage in Houston, including fallen trees, flooded streets, and power outages.
  • The storm killed at least three people and left 2.7 million Texas homes without power.
  • Residents are now assessing damage, cleaning up, and waiting for power to return.

Key quote:

“The rebuild is going to be significant. There was real damage. But the good news is for Houston, this ain’t our first rodeo.”

— Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator

Why this matters:

Houston, known for its booming energy sector and diverse population, has become a focal point for studying the impacts of severe weather. The city's low-lying geography and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico make it particularly susceptible to hurricanes and heavy rainfall. In recent years, storms like Hurricane Harvey have wreaked havoc, leaving thousands homeless and causing billions in damages.

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