News and Further Reading

Major Houston area roads in floodplains

A recent Houston Chronicle article was re-printed in the February 14, 2018 edition of the Bay Area Citizen newspaper.  It was entitled “Major routes through Houston need to be “flood-proofed” to keep freight flowing.” The original article can be viewed at the link below: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Ed-Emmett-lays-out-case-to-flood-proof-freeways-12558864.php?cmpid=gsa-chron-result In the article Harris County Judge Ed Emmett encouraged Texas […]

Floodplain map vs. topography – Friendswood example

The summary of Harvey damage to properties provided by the City of Friendswood available for review on ArcGIS Online provides a rare opportunity for examination of actual flooding and assessment of the accuracy of the floodplain mapping. The occurrence of significant damage outside of any floodplain can indicate that the maps are not accurate or […]

Lessons from heavy flooding in Friendswood – when to evacuate?

Hurricane Harvey caused widespread damage in Friendswood, a city that straddles the boundary between Harris and Galveston counties about 20 miles southeast of downtown Houston. Friendswood was featured in a February 4, 2018 Houston Chronicle article entitled “After Harvey’s floods, Friendswood will allow residents to build at ground level – Effort helps 300 homeowners but […]

Are there ordinances for notifying homeowners in Houston about their flooding risk?

An article in the Sunday February 11th edition of the Houston Chronicle presented many issues related to proposed flood mitigation projects.  The article is entitled “Flooding battle plans take shape – Six months after Harvey, local, state leaders eye an overhaul of defenses.” https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Nearly-six-months-after-Harvey-some-traction-for-12567647.php?cmpid=gsa-chron-result Discussed in the article were many proposals that have been in […]

Drainage improvement ideas from Ghirardi WaterSmart park in League City

On a recent trip to League City I visited the Ghirardi WaterSmart Park. It is located along Louisiana Avenue just south of FM 518.  The park is built around a few very old live oak trees that have been preserved.  It also has a play structure for the kids.  The park is designed to educate […]

What were the reasons for extensive flooding in Dickinson, TX?

An article in the Galveston Daily News by Marissa Barnett dated January 30, 2018 was entitled “Residents, officials, discuss county drainage woes”. It discussed a meeting held on January 29 where Galveston County residents and officials met to “open conversations about what should be done to alleviate flooding, including ideas about elevating bridges and widening […]

Arbitrary floodplain boundary example

While researching actual damage to businesses during Hurricane Harvey in my local area of Harris County, I found a Houston Chronicle article entitled “Harvey floods damaged 100s of safe-deposit boxes”. The article was written by Paul Takahashi and is dated October 2, 2017. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Harvey-floods-damaged-100s-of-safe-deposit-boxes-12247152.php Mentioned in the article is that the Clear Lake City Boulevard […]

Storm surge prediction for Clear Lake City

A recent article in the Houston Chronicle by Susan Carroll and Mike Ward dated January 5, 2018 presents the case for a new seawall on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/A-massive-seawall-for-Southeast-Texas-could-save-12477716.php The premise is that a direct hit by a major hurricane to Galveston and Galveston Bay could destroy many billion dollars worth of homes […]

Downtown Houston public buildings in flood plains

An article entitled “Higher ground for the courts – debate rages over retrofit or rebuilding criminal courthouse” by Brian Rogers appeared in today’s (January 7, 2018) Houston Chronicle. It can also be viewed online at: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Hurricane-Harvey-damage-to-Harris-County-criminal-12476558.php?cmpid=gsa-chron-result The article points out that the Criminal Courts Building at 1201 Franklin has been completely unusable since Hurricane Harvey and […]

New Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium

An article posted by Leah Binkovitz dated December 28, 2017 on the Urban Edge website describes the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium. http://urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu/2017/12/28/flooding-101-consortium-offers-analysis-and-informational-resources/#.Wk0JE7pFx9A The Urban Edge is a website maintained by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The Urban Edge articles are described as “Stories about why cities are great and how they can do […]