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Houston Mayor Assesses City’s Response To Torrential Rains

As local officials, homeowners and business owners continue what will be a long clean-up process after this week’s storms, Houston Mayor Annise Parker says we should not consider the flooding a dress rehearsal for the upcoming hurricane season.

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The past week was supposed to occur in the middle of hurricane season which begins in a few days. But already, freeways, homes and buildings have been submerged in flood waters. Rising waters from the torrential rain trapped vehicles and triggered gridlock in some areas.

Even with a major investment made in the city’s infrastructure, Mayor Parker says it’s a part of where we live.

“We have ten rivers that run through Houston, and the idea that you could put enough money into the system where Houston would never have any flooding anywhere, is not a realistic position,” said Parker. 

Overall, Parker says she was pleased with the action by emergency responders. As far as this being a dry run for the start of hurricane season?

“Cancel that thought. But anytime we lose somebody in a weather event, you examine what happened and whether there was something we could have done better,” said Parker.

Houston emergency responders conducted over 530 water rescues. It was the first level one emergency activation since Hurricane Ike in 2008. Damage assessment is now underway and Parker says the focus will remain on making sure Houstonians are safe.

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