"How acceptable is it to have new homes flood? What is your point of diminishing returns that you think is appropriate?" he asked the council members. "You see where the team has landed: 84 percent. Could have gone another foot and had 90-something percent, but it's a judgement call in the end. That's probably the best data set anybody's ever going to see to make that judgment call." … [Read more...] about What is the right height for homes in Houston’s floodplains?
A 500-year flood has a 0.2 percent chance of happening A 50-year flood has a 2 percent chance of happening A 10-year flood has a 10 percent chance of happening A 2-year flood has a 50 percent chance of happening With that context in mind, check out the summary below of the risk to structures in floodplains throughout the county in various rainstorms. … [Read more...] about It doesn’t take a Harvey-style deluge to flood Houston
The nine houses -- most of them in Meyerland -- are in line to be elevated thanks to 2015 grant funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency allocated to elevate 42 city homes. … [Read more...] about Council approves 9 southwest Houston home elevations
The historic flooding that Tropical Storm Harvey unleashed on the US state of Texas is set to worsen, peaking in the coming days. A record 75 cm of rain has already fallen on the city of Houston forecasters say that could easily double. Storm Harvey which made landfall as a category-four hurricane on Friday bringing with it an unprecedented down poor is proving difficult to budge. Its expected to remain over state’s Gulf Coast for a while dropping about a years worth of rain in a week threats of flooding extending into neighbouring Louisiana. Tropical storm warnings have been extended into parts of the Louisiana coast as Harvey runs along the coast Tuesday into Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/lkLLHLUmJ4— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 28, 2017 Thousands of people have needed to be removed from their flooded homes. Police and Coast Guard teams have rescued at least 2,000 people so far, plucking them from roof tops by helicopters as they urged those marooned to hang … [Read more...] about Chart: How inadequate flood funding has left many Houston watersheds behind
The suit targeted only Towers' work for the firefighters' pension fund, but the city as part of the settlement agreed to dismiss that case and not to sue Towers over its work for the police or municipal workers' pension funds during the same period. Towers' actuarial reports were commissioned by the worker-controlled pension boards; the city did not seek second opinions on Towers' projections. … [Read more...] about Houston council approves $40M pension settlement