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How To Handle Houston’s Tendency to Flood

Posted on · Last week Houston saw some flooding. Thankfully it wasn’t quite as bad as predicted, but that’s not to say we’re out of danger for the year. Hurricane season is right around the corner, and the city’s flat landscape means flooding, drainage and mitigating water are always top of mind for some people — especially those who live in […]

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Mitigating Flooding and SXSW Interactive: Tuesday’s Show (March 15, 2016)

Posted on · Last week Houston saw some flooding. Thankfully it wasn’t quite as bad as predicted, but that’s not to say we’re out of danger for the year. Hurricane season is right around the corner, and the city’s flat landscape means flooding and drainage are always top of mind for some people — especially those who live in flood-prone areas. On […]

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Engineer Sounds the Alarm on Houston’s Aging Water Infrastructure

Posted on · We’ve all experienced a power outage for one reason or another – whether it’s a few minutes or hours. And, unfortunately, being in hurricane country, some Houstonians have had to experience being without power for days or more after a big storm. But what if you had to do without running water for that long? […]

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Mayoral Race Preview, Truancy, and MUD Districts: Monday’s show (February 9, 2015)

Posted on · While D.C. watchers salivate over the developing 2016 Presidential campaign, Houstonians engaged in city politics are keeping an eye out for signals as to who might make a run in November to replace outgoing Houston Mayor Annise Parker next year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the likely candidates, and what they may bring […]

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Conference Focuses on Managing Stormwater and Runoff in a Greener, Cheaper Way

Posted on · This week, Houston is hosting the 2015 International Low Impact Development Conference. Low Impact Development is a land planning and engineering design technique aimed at managing storm water and runoff closer to where the rain initially fell. Justin Ring, an engineer with the local firm EHRA, sat down with Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty to explain […]

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Is Houston Prepared to Handle Flooding?

Posted on · It seems like every time there’s even moderately heavy rain here in Houston, we experience some measure of flooding. That’s to be expected when you live in a very flat city that’s only 43 feet above sea level. Still, while flooding may not be preventable, there may be steps to take to mitigate it. Today […]