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The Houston Flood

How the Bayou City has become so vulnerable to flooding.

By and June 2016Comments

In April, Harris County experienced a historic series of storms; some areas were hit by more than sixteen inches of rain in a twelve-hour period. That downpour slid off the city’s roads, buildings, and tight clay soils and overwhelmed the bayous, inundating nearly 10,000 residences, killing eight people, and prompting a presidential disaster declaration. Any town would be stressed by such a storm, but Houston has become more vulnerable due to the paving and groundwater use that has come with rapid sprawl.

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