Hurricane Season

As this hurricane season begins, I am proud to join Sen. Tillis on this crucial legislation to expedite the disaster recovery process and break through bureaucratic barriers that often hold back communities in the wake of...
I recently sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps Galveston District Commander, Col. Timothy Vail, requesting an extension of the comment period for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study Interim Feasibility Report...
In the midst of hurricane season and with Hurricane Laura still fresh on Texans’ minds, the time is right to move forward with this project. 
Following Hurricane Laura last month, I authored the following op-ed in the Beaumont Enterprise on my successful efforts to secure federal funding for coastal protection projects along Texas’ Gulf Coast. 
Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday the impact of Hurricane Laura “could’ve been much worse,” noting that storm surge was much less severe than projected.
The Addicks and Barker dams have been strengthened, but they’re still designed to release water if the reservoirs behind them fill to capacity
Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday he was adding 36 more counties to his state disaster declaration as Hurricane Laura approached the Texas coast. Fifty-nine of Texas' 254 counties are now under the disaster declaration.
It’s expected to continue intensifying on a path to hit the U.S. coastline late Wednesday or early Thursday as a major Category 3 hurricane capable of “devastating” damage.
Just as we've seen Texans come together to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and overcome unprecedented economic challenges over the last several months, we must continue to support our family, our neighbors, and those in need...
Hurricane Florence's heavy rains and tropical storm-force winds reached North Carolina's Outer Banks on Thursday morning, leading the way for a storm packing 105-mph winds. Florence has weakened a bit over the past 24 hours...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas General Land Office on Friday released the second draft of its massive, multibillion-dollar project to protect the Texas Gulf Coast from hurricanes and storm surge.
Hurricane Laura
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and I wrote President Trump in support of Gov. Abbott's request for a federal major disaster declaration following Hurricanes Laura and Hanna in Texas.
My bipartisan bill would protect communities like Galveston and Port Arthur from losing out on federal transportation dollars solely because the U.S. Census count occurs during hurricane season.
The consistent report I've gotten from the governor, I've gotten from local officials and state officials is the responsiveness of the administration throughout this hurricane has been extraordinary.
Every time we face a disaster or even a disaster somewhat averted, I'm inspired to see how Texans step up and help each other. How Texans help their neighbors. Help them out of harm's way. Help clean up the mess. And help...
Hurricane Laura is a serious storm. It's expected to move quickly as a Category 4 storm. Forecasters are expecting high winds, especially in East Texas, and a storm surge of at least 10 feet in some areas which could result...
Hurricane Harvey
In the three years since Hurricane Harvey's devastating landfall, the Texas gulf communities have made tremendous strides on the road to recovery. Today, I recognized the progress that has been made and the work that remains...
“Don’t wait until the skies are gray. Begin to think about what to do to survive right now.”
At the start of this hurricane season, I launched a page on my website for Texans with information on how to be prepared and resources about disaster aid available after a storm.
Following my recent visit to the Rio Grande Valley, I addressed the flooding in South Texas on the Senate floor.  Excerpts of my floor remarks are below, and video can be found here. 

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