News Digest - August 22, 2022

  • 5 years after Hurricane Harvey, Rockport, Dickinson, and Port Arthur are bouncing back! But to avoid devastation from future storms, there is still work to be done.
  • The two binational reservoirs of the Rio Grande, Lake Falcon and Amistad, have reached historically low levels. Without rain, current supplies will run dry by March 2023 for about 3 million people living in the area.
  • This New York Times article goes step-by-step through the wastewater surveillance process for tracking viruses such as COVID-19, Monkeypox, and now polio.
  • After flash floods struck the Dallas Fort-Worth area Sunday night, rainfall totals in several areas would be considered a 1-in-1,000-year flood. The frequency of such high-precipitation events is increasing, as shown by the extreme flooding in St. Louis, eastern Kentucky, and southeastern Illinois in just one week.
  • This week's TWDB drought watch shows improvement in South Texas after Invest 98L, a low-pressure system from the Gulf of Mexico, brought significant rain to the region.

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