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Hell and High Water

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone. More »

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It's home to the nation's largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it's a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn't Texas ready? More »

Our interactive story includes a map with seven animated simulations depicting a large hurricane hitting the Houston-Galveston region. More »

Houston is unprepared for the danger it faces as a city prone to hurricanes. Today we’re launching a new multimedia project about the region’s vulnerabilities and what’s at stake. More »

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Obama Signs Bill That May Boost Texas Hurricane Protection Study

President Obama on Monday signed into law a bill that may help expedite the long process of constructing a hurricane protection system for the Texas coast, including the particularly vulnerable Houston region.

Boomtown, Flood Town

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.

Boomtown, Flood Town (Full Text)

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone.

Presenting Hell and High Water VR

A team at USC has created a new virtual-reality experience based on our Houston storm vulnerability project.

U.S. Rep. Weber Says He’ll Work on Bill to Speed Hurricane Protection Plan

The Texas Republican will introduce a companion to a Senate bill filed this week seeking to expedite a hurricane protection plan for Houston.

Sen. Cornyn Files Bill to Speed Texas Hurricane Study

The Texas senator has proposed a bill to speed up the process of protecting Houston from a devastating hurricane.

‘We’re Sitting Ducks’

Houston, home to millions of people and one of the largest shipping lanes in the world, is unprepared for the hurricane that could bring ecological and economic disaster.

Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It's home to the nation's largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it's a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn't Texas ready?

Hell and High Water (Full Text)

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It's home to the nation's largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it's a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn't Texas ready?

About Hell and High Water

Houston is unprepared for the danger it faces as a city prone to hurricanes. Today we’re launching a new multimedia project about the region’s vulnerabilities and what’s at stake.

How We Made Hell and High Water

Our interactive story includes a map with seven animated simulations depicting a large hurricane hitting the Houston-Galveston region.

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