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Second Day Of Harvey Conference Focuses On Lessons Learned And New Flood Policies

Global experts are in Houston to discuss lessons learned from Harvey and to examine the best ways to move forward.

Hurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir.

We’re continuing to follow developments from a major conference on Harvey happening now at Rice University. It’s held by the SSPEED Center, which stands for Severe Storm Prediction, Education & Evacuation from Disasters. Global experts are there to talk about lessons learned from the storm and to discuss the best ways to move forward.

News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik fills us in on what he’s learned from officials regarding how new policies will help Greater Houston prepare for future severe storms and flooding. 

And Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with David Conrad, a policy consultant with the Association of State Floodplain Managers who has worked with the federal government on flood-related projects. Conrad says before Harvey there was another major disaster that was pivotal in shaping flood policy.