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Thursday's Harvey coverage: Some ports reopen, help continues to pour in

Boats in Rockport, Texas, were among the wreckage left by Hurricane Harvey. | U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Malcolm McClendon

While Port Houston was still closed on Thursday, the ports of Galveston and Freeport reopened for business. Meanwhile, help poured in from businesses and individuals around the country.

Texas ports reopening, resume vehicle shipments
The Texas ports of Galveston and Freeport reopened Thursday and expected to receive their first car carriers since shutting down six days ago because of Hurricane Harvey. Port Houston, which handles imports for Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, and the Houston Ship Channel remained closed on Thursday.

New York hospitals lend Texas a hand with Harvey
The Healthcare Association of New York State tapped NYU Langone Health to help manage the emergency situation in and around Houston. The health system gained experience with evacuation and recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and also has robust expertise in emergency management among its staff.

Financial industry steps up in Harvey's wake
As downgraded-to-a-tropical-depression Harvey moves across the country, the damage in its wake has left at least 32 people dead and displaced more than 32,000 Gulf Coast residents. Also in the storm's wake: a financial services industry that seems eager to help in any way possible. Firms both large and small have stepped up with internal initiatives, including donations, fund-raising challenges and personal volunteer efforts.

Materials firms help Harvey relief efforts with major donations
Five major petrochemicals firms each have donated $1 million to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The $1 million donations are coming from ExxonMobil Corp., Dow Chemical Co. Chevron Corp., Phillips 66 and Shell Chemicals. 

Arkema reports explosions, fire at Texas plant
Harris County safety officials continue to monitor the Arkema Inc. facility in Crosby, after intense flooding from Hurricane Harvey led to two small explosions at the plant. The explosions, which Harris County safety officials referred to as "pops," resulted from overheated organic peroxides and caused fire and black smoke.

Harvey makes mark on rubber industry
Hurricane Harvey, which struck the southeastern coast of Texas as a Category 4 storm late Aug. 25 and made landfall again Aug. 30 in western Louisiana as a tropical storm, has proved to be a major crisis for the synthetic rubber and rubber chemical manufacturers in the region. Virtually every manufacturer, supplier and distributor in southeast Texas reported plant closures or curtailed production because of Harvey.

August 31, 2017 - 5:00pm