"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 report (and our story about it) discuss how local flood control efforts will produce inequitable results without more local funding to offset federal formulas that make flood control projects in poor neighborhoods far less likely to get federal funds. … [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