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City Of Houston To Vote On Building Rules Within Floodplains

New rules would regulate all homes in city floodplains

The City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department announced March 14, 2018, it is increasing part of its staff to focus on the post-Harvey recovery. This file photo shows a Houston neighborhood that the historic storm flooded in summer 2017.

The Houston City Council is again expected to vote today on new building rules for structures within floodplains.

City Council delayed the vote last week as council members debated the specifics of new floodplain rules.

The new rules would regulate all homes in city floodplains to elevate to or beyond the five-hundred year floodplain.

Currently, the proposed rules would apply to new or redeveloped structures.

But an amendment changes how exactly the city decides which of those structures has to be elevated. Based on a "Level of Risk" scale.

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