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Houston’s Sinking. What Gives?

Posted on · According to new data from the US Geological Survey, parts of Harris County have dropped between ten and 12 feet since the 1920s. Some argue when you lose that much ground it makes an area more prone to flooding. It's a phenomenon known as subsidence, the gradual sinking of an area. But the Harris County […]

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Your Reactions to the Orlando Shooting: Monday’s Show (June 13, 2016)

Posted on · Candlelight vigils continue here in Houston –Â one by The Montrose Center and Legacy Community Health tonight (June 13, 2016) and another by the city of Houston Wednesday at sundown — in memory of 49 people killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. early Sunday morning. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in modern American […]

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Energy & Environment

Are Houston’s Sinking Suburbs Suffering Worse Flooding?

Posted on · After the flooding last month in Houston, a local geologist noticed something that looked suspicious: some of the areas of Houston hit hardest were also areas where the land is sinking. The sinking is called “subsidence". But there’s a debate over whether it's actually making flooding worse.

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Flooding Update

Posted on · A number of areas in and around Greater Houston continue to experience flooding after severe weather Monday (April 18, 2016). More than a foot of rain fell on the region, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and leaving at least five people dead in Harris County. According to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, three areas of the city […]

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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 […]

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What’s Being Done to Prevent More Flooding in Meyerland?

Posted on · This week, Brazos Bend State Park reopened. It was closed for several weeks due to flood damage. It’s just one of many areas in and around Greater Houston that contended with flooding over Memorial Day weekend, prompted by a strong, fast-developing and sustained storm, which dropped up to 11 inches of rain over the area […]

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Flooded Streets and Highways: Tuesday’s Show (May 26, 2015)

Posted on · Severe weather this weekend, combined with strong sustained thunderstorms overnight, led to widespread flooding across Greater Houston. Officials throughout the day asked Houstonians to stay home until the water recedes. Many schools are closed, and many roads remain impassible. On this edition of Houston Matters, we check in with News 88.7’s transportation reporter Gail Delaughter, […]

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How Should Erosion Be Stopped Along Buffalo Bayou?

Posted on · Houston residents have until June 30 to submit public comments on a controversial plan to eliminate vegetation and trees along the banks of a 1.5-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou running from the southeast corner of Memorial Park to the eastern edge of River Oaks Country Club. The plan, put forth by the Harris County Flood […]

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Buffalo Bayou Restoration and Liver Cancer Research: Houston Matters for Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Posted on · Houston residents have until the end of this month to submit public comments on a plan to eliminate vegetation and trees along the banks of a one-and-a-half-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou running from the southeast corner of Memorial Park to the eastern edge of River Oaks Country Club. The Harris County Flood Control District says […]