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Stay Or Go? Back-To-Back Floods In Richmond Force Residents To Choose

Floods in back-to-back years in Richmond, Texas, have forced residents to make a difficult choice about their futures, as the Texas Observer’s Rose Cahalan discovered.

Flood Damaged Home Richmond - Texas Observer
A home damaged by the flooding in the Edgewood Trailer Park in Richmond.


The city of Richmond, along the Brazos River in Fort Bend County, saw an incredible amount of flooding when the river breached its banks during the rains from Harvey. Now, months later, families living there are still recovering, some of them waiting for repairs to be finished in their homes.

Texas Observer Managing Editor Rose Cahalan met with a number of these recovering families and documented their stories in a special feature.

She joins Houston Matters to discuss what interested her about what's happening in Richmond and what she heard from flood victims there about the challenges they’re still facing.

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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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