Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

$125 billion

Harvey was 2nd costliest hurricane in U.S. history

A boy hugs his grandmother’s dog after being rescued. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)


Bloomberg & Weather Network

Harvey, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005, killed at least 103 people and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage, making it the second only to Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, the National Hurricane Center said in a report Thursday. It was flooding rains that did the most damage and became the signature for Harvey, paralyzing Houston and crippling the Western Hemisphere’s oil, refining and chemical hub.


NPS fix-it backlog keeps on growing, and growing

Miami Herald & Pew Charitable Trusts

Four months after Hurricane Irma buzz-sawed its way across South Florida, the state’s busiest national park is understandably still recovering. But even before the storm hit, the Everglades and two other vast national wildernesses in South Florida have amassed enormous maintenance backlogs. They are hardly alone. Across the U.S., the NPS fix-it list is estimated at $11.3 billion.


46.5 tons of beads down the Mardi Gras drain


There’s no doubt that Mardi Gras festivities can be an exceptionally fun time. But unfortunately, the celebrations can also lead to a citywide hazard: clogged drains. And the most offensive trash item? Mardi Gras beads. Recently, crews pulled 93,000 pounds of beads from drains on just five blocks in downtown New Orleans. That's 46.5 tons of beads alone.