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Hurricane Season

Ep 4: Hurricane Alicia

“Hurricane Season” is an eight-episode podcast that explores how major storms going back to 1900 greatly impacted Greater Houston people and policies

  • A boat along with all manner of debris that was pushed off Interstate 45 leading to Galveston after Hurricane Alicia paid the island a visit, is shown, Aug. 18, 1983.  (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
    A boat along with all manner of debris that was pushed off Interstate 45 leading to Galveston after Hurricane Alicia paid the island a visit, is shown, Aug. 18, 1983. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
  • This aerial view of the Flagship Hotel shows the damage caused by Hurricane Alicia on Galveston Island, Texas, Aug. 19, 1983.  (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
    This aerial view of the Flagship Hotel shows the damage caused by Hurricane Alicia on Galveston Island, Texas, Aug. 19, 1983. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
  • Rough surf lashes a pier on the Gulf Coast of Texas as Hurricane Alicia bears down, Aug. 1983.  (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
    Rough surf lashes a pier on the Gulf Coast of Texas as Hurricane Alicia bears down, Aug. 1983. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
  • Bill and Floss Wiseman, Houston residents, fly the flag as they try to salvage belongings in their destroyed beach house on the west end of Galveston Island, Aug. 20, 1983.  (AP Photo/David Breslauer) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David Breslauer)
    Bill and Floss Wiseman, Houston residents, fly the flag as they try to salvage belongings in their destroyed beach house on the west end of Galveston Island, Aug. 20, 1983. (AP Photo/David Breslauer) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David Breslauer)
  • A lone surfer walks the rocks of a jetty at Galveston, Texas looking for the big waves that are being produced by Hurricane Alicia as it churns the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston, August 17, 1983. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
    A lone surfer walks the rocks of a jetty at Galveston, Texas looking for the big waves that are being produced by Hurricane Alicia as it churns the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston, August 17, 1983. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP Photo)
  • A Houston, Tex., resident watches as wind, rain and surf blow in near Surfside, Tex., Aug. 17, 1983.  The man drove his yellow jeep as far as he could, just to watch the weather associated with Hurricane Alicia.  The rising water of the Intercoastal Waterway was about to cut Surfside off from the Texas gulf coast.  (AP Photo/David Breslauer) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David Breslauer)
    A Houston, Tex., resident watches as wind, rain and surf blow in near Surfside, Tex., Aug. 17, 1983. The man drove his yellow jeep as far as he could, just to watch the weather associated with Hurricane Alicia. The rising water of the Intercoastal Waterway was about to cut Surfside off from the Texas gulf coast. (AP Photo/David Breslauer) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David Breslauer)

As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the nation's worst rainstorm, Houston Public Media takes a look back at some of the biggest storms that have impacted the Gulf Coast and its development, policies, and people.

On this episode of “Hurricane Season,” host Andrew Schneider examines Hurricane Alicia.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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