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Is Houston Prepared to Handle Flooding?

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. Today […]

The Southwest Freeway, near Downtown Houston, lies under water due to flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

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.

Today 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.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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