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Is Texas Doing Enough to Prevent Floods?

Eight dead in Houston, millions of dollars in damages — by now we all know how the Memorial Day rains affected the region, and while we can’t stop the rain, some argue we could do more to mitigate the results. Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab, a division of The Atlantic. In a […]

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Eight dead in Houston, millions of dollars in damages — by now we all know how the Memorial Day rains affected the region, and while we can't stop the rain, some argue we could do more to mitigate the results. Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab, a division of The Atlantic. In a series of articles, Capps suggests the State of Texas has shirked its pre-disaster planning duties and post-disaster response, and has inadequate infrastructure and management plans to shore up floodplains.

We hear the thoughts of Kriston Capps. Then, we talk with Jamila Johnson and Carol Haddock from Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department.

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Michael Hagerty

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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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