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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 private developers. Talbott sat […]

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Exit Interviews, HCC, and Attica Locke: Wednesday’s Show (August 31, 2016)

Posted on · It’s becoming a sort of tradition: as folks step away from some long-held positions here in Greater Houston, they drop by Houston Matters for an “exit interview.” Today, we bring you two. First, Maggie Martin talks with Mike Talbott, who’s retiring from his post as executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District after […]

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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 […]