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The Highs and Lows of Overseeing Flood Control in Harris County

Posted on · The executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District retires Wednesday (Aug. 31, 2016). Mike Talbott spent 35 years with the agency. As a young staff engineer, he witnessed the destruction of Hurricane Alicia in 1983. He worked his way up as the agency adopted computer modeling, digital mapping and new drainage rules for […]

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Answers to Your Flood Insurance Questions

Posted on · In light of all the flooding we’ve experienced this year, we offer you an opportunity to speak with an expert about flood insurance. We welcome your questions for Rick McElvaney, a clinical associate professor at the University of Houston and director of the Texas Consumer Complaint Center and consumer law clinics. (Above: Flooding along the […]

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New Flood Czar Steve Costello Answers Your Questions

Posted on · Earlier this month, during his first State of the City speech — and on the heels of catastrophic flooding in mid-April — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed former city council member Steven Costello as the city’s "flood czar." Costello hopes the city’s "Rebuild Houston" infrastructure program can help address flooding. We find out how and […]

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Spring Resident Approaches Flood Recovery Process with Resolute Attitude

Posted on · Greater Houston continues to recover after last month's massive flooding. News 88.7's Al Ortiz visits with Spring resident Ellen Angel, who approaches repairs to her flooded home with a resolute attitude. "You could just sit and cry, and wallow, and all ‘I've lost this and my house is a mess' but that doesn't get things […]

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Study: Levees Cheaper Than Sea Wall To Protect Galveston From Hurricanes

Posted on · The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District just finished Phase 2 of their storm surge suppression study. Public meetings are scheduled for later this month (March 2016). We learn about the storm surge suppression study from Robert Eckels, former Harris County Judge and president of the GCCPRD. He details what the GCCPRD does and […]

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Grading the Response to Houston’s Flood

Posted on · It's been a week since a dramatic and major storm over Houston dumped nearly a foot of rain in a matter of hours, leading to widespread flooding, several deaths, damage in the millions and at least temporary disruption in one form or another for most of Greater Houston. Now that we have a little bit […]