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Urban Flooding In Houston Is On The Rise

In the past two years, some of the worst flooding in Greater Houston has happened between March and May.


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Jason Ward

Before you can fix a problem, you need to know what's causing it.

Dr. Sam Brody, Professor at A&M Galveston, is doing exactly that.

He focuses on urban flooding and says Houston is the poster child.

"The bigger driver of this urban flood problem is human development, it's the spread of impervious surfaces and I calculated the Houston region increased its pavement by 25 percent over a 15 year period from 1996 to 2010," says Brody.

He is also contributing to national research that will help alleviate urban flooding across the U.S.

Stephen Costello, Houston's Flood Czar, agrees with Brody's assessment.

Part of the solution he says is investing in innovative infrastructure.

"But there has to be a commitment on the part of the community to invest in infrastructure," Costello says. "And that's what the voters should be looking at saying ‘OK, so let's make sure we continue to invest in the infrastructure,' and that's where the public needs to get involved."

Although, we cannot stop flooding from happening, Costello says we need to mitigate and reduce the risk.