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Flooding, Organic Food, and Big Oil: Houston Matters for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It seems like every time there’s even moderately heavy rain here in Houston, we experience some measure of flooding. That’s to be expected when you live in a very flat city that’s only 43 feet above sea level. Still, while flooding may not be preventable, there may be steps to take to mitigate it. On […]

It seems like every time there’s even moderately heavy rain here in Houston, we experience some measure of flooding. That’s to be expected when you live in a very flat city that’s only 43 feet above sea level. Still, while flooding may not be preventable, there may be steps to take to mitigate it.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore what can be done with roads and drainage systems to help curb flooding in Houston. We welcome your questions for Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Director Daniel Kruger, and ReBuild Houston Executive Dale Rudick. We also explore what flood insurance does and does not cover, and what you should do if you need to file a claim.

Also this hour: We learn about efforts to expand organic food options in Greater Houston grocery stores. We talk with Ben Ferreira, the Director of Produce for H-E-B.

And: a new documentary about the oil industry screens this week in Houston. “Big Men” gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how billion-dollar oil deals are made both at home and abroad. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty will meet one of the “big men” featured in the film.

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