What You Should Know About Flooding In Houston
Flooding in Houston has been a major concern for several years now, especially after the overwhelming amount of damaged caused by 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
During Harvey, Houston was hit with record-breaking amounts of rainfall and suffered an estimated $1.25B worth of damage, with at least 68 storm-related deaths as well. The National Hurricane Center called Harvey, “the most significant tropical cyclone rainfall event in United States history, both in scope and peak rainfall amounts since reliable rainfall records began around the 1880s.”
There are almost no words to describe the complete turmoil that Harvey created, but if there’s one positive effect of the storm, it’s the new precautions the city is taking to prevent such disaster from striking again.
Post-Hurricane Harvey flood prevention in Houston
Earlier this spring, the City of Houston published a press release announcing flood prevention reforms taking place in 2018.
Current laws require new construction to sit 1 foot above the 100-year floodplain (land that’s expected to flood 1 year out of every 100 years). After new regulations take effect on September 1, however, newly constructed homes in Houston will be required to sit 2 feet above the 500-year floodplain. This means that even in areas less likely to experience flooding, newly constructed homes will soon be required to meet stricter standards to prevent a repeat of the extreme damage we saw after Harvey.