Houston's proposed floodplain development rules would have spared thousands during Harvey, city says
A Houston Public Works analysis of homes inundated by Hurricane Harvey in the city’s floodplains says 84 percent of the structures would have been spared if they had been built to the more stringent standards Mayor Sylvester Turner plans to put to a City Council vote later this month.
The data was distributed to council members for the first time Friday, six weeks after Turner outlined his proposal and roughly a week after the end of the city’s announced period for public feedback.
Public Works spokeswoman Alanna Reed said staff still were gathering data when the proposal was first... read more
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