Rebecca Hersher

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A smokestack rises in the background over the East Houston community of Manchester, Texas, where the air was heavy with what smelled like gasoline after Hurricane Harvey in late August. The neighborhood is ringed by industrial sites. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

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The shelter at Houston's Convention Center, seen here Aug. 29, isn't equipped to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid abuse. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Houston Methadone Clinics Reopen After Harvey's Flooding

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The Highlands Acid Pit Superfund site remained flooded on August 31. The water has since receded, and some residents are concerned that toxins from the site could have spread into the nearby neighborhood. Jason Dearen/AP hide caption

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In Texas, Concerns About Damage To Flooded Toxic Waste Sites

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The Chemical Dangers In Houston's Manchester Neighborhood

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A patient is evacuated from Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Texas, on Thursday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Expedites Help From Out-Of-State Health Care Providers

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Whitlee Hurd, the mother of five children, walks through her damaged home in northeast Houston. "This is my child's room but I can't have them sleep here now because the window is open," she says. "We told the maintenance man but he won't help us." Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Harvey Hit Poor Neighborhoods In Northeast Houston The Hardest

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William Scott (right) and his wife, Teresa, arrived at DaVita Med Center Dialysis in Houston on Tuesday morning, after missing William's appointment on Monday. "It's just good he got in here," she says. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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'This Is Surreal': Houston Dialysis Center Struggles To Treat Patients

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Dannie Harris and his sister Betty Shaw arrived at the convention center on Monday night. "When it first started the water rose and went down twice," Betty says of the water in their home. "So we thought maybe it was gonna stop. I started sweeping up." Dannie said "[Hurricane] Ike had just gone through." After they realized it wasn't going to subside they called for help. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Flooding Forces Thousands Of People From Their Houston-Area Homes

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A van registered in Spain sits near the concert venue Maassilo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where a rock concert set for Wednesday night was canceled because of a terror threat. The driver of the van, which contained some gas bottles, was arrested. Arie Kievit/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The wind direction from the fire in western Greenland has largely blown smoke toward the island's ice sheet and away from communities. Pierre Markuse/Flicker hide caption

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Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

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