Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Harvey aftermath

Is Houston's flooding a stormwater management issue?

Rising flood waters stranded hundreds of residents of Twin Oaks Village in Clodine, Texas, where an collection of small boat owners coordinated to bring most to dry ground. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

L.A. Times

The Atlantic & Texas Tribune

Hurricane Harvey is truly a disaster of biblical proportions. The impact of the storm's flooding, particularly in densely developed areas like cities such as Houston, is far more constant than a massive, natural disaster like Harvey exposes. The reason cities flood isn’t because the water comes in, not exactly. It’s because the pavement of civilization forces the water to get back out again. Then there's the question of climate change. Did it really make Harvey worse?

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Harvey may leave behind health hazards in water

AOL Weather

Lurking inside the floods inundating southeast Texas could be the state's next health challenge: waterborne illnesses. Experts say the stormwater flooding leaves behind can easily become a breeding ground for dangerous organisms. "As a general rule, people should anticipate that that water is likely to be, at some level, contaminated," said Jonathan Yoder of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Live landlocked? Why flooding is still a threat

The Conversation

Flooding can happen wherever large rainstorms stall over an area, as we have seen in Boulder, Colorado, in 2013; in Texas and Louisiana in 2016; and over Houston now. However, if communities take steps to reduce flood risk, they can mitigate the danger to people and property.

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