See where homes have been built in Houston's floodplains
Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking City Council this week to consider tightening development rules in Houston's floodplains, pointing to data of Hurricane Harvey's wreckage to help bolster his case.
The city Public Works department produced an analysis that shows, among other things, that the proposed standard the mayor has proposed – the projected water level in a so-called 500-year flood, plus two feet – would have spared 84 percent of homes in city floodplains during Harvey.
Under the status quo, roughly a third of structures in city floodplains were damaged, including more than a third of... read more
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