In 2016, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune sounded the alarm that Houston’s overdevelopment and underestimation of flood risk had made it a sitting duck for the next big storm. Then, Hurricane Harvey hit.
The city got two “100-year” storms in the two years before Harvey made landfall. All three storms flooded thousands of houses, many outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood plains.
Even after Hurricane Harvey, the best efforts by Harris County officials to purchase the most flood-prone homes won’t make a dent in the larger problem — worsening flooding, and a buyout program that can’t keep up.
Despite concerns about flooding in and around the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, government officials prioritized development.
Once again, there were appeals for donations to the Red Cross. And once again, local officials are saying the charity hasn’t delivered.
After an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood caved in, private monitors found levels that far exceeded California’s health guideline
Several experts on climate and resilience talk about the role of government. “Viewed correctly, sensible safeguards are part of freedom, not a retreat from it.”
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday gave his strongest endorsement to date for constructing a physical coastal barrier to protect the region from deadly storm surge.
The recent monster storms have kicked up a fair amount of falsehoods. We talk with a reporter trying to hold on to the facts.
The government has shelled out $265 million for flood claims on 1,155 severe repetitive loss properties in the flood insurance program in Harris County.
Scientists warn of more and expanding “bull’s-eyes” as Americans build in parts of the country at ever greater risk because of climate change and severe weather.
The water that goes around the spillways is going to have to leave the reservoir somehow — and enter areas surrounding it.
Houston faces massive flooding from Harvey. Here’s where it’s flooded in the past.