Twelve steps Houston can take to address our flooding problem

  • August 31, 2017
  • News

The Houston region has a major flooding problem. Denying this fact does a disservice to us all, because flooding will only get worse in the future as the intensity and frequency of severe rain events increases.

If we do not admit that we have a problem, we will never focus the resources and the effort that this problem demands. We must get past the belief that telling the truth about it will be bad for the community and an indication of governmental failure. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 Engineering alone will not solve the problem. We have some of the best engineers in the country in this community, yet large storm events do and will overwhelm our systems periodically. We need to use all the tools at our disposal to address flooding, and we have many tools. We need to be creative. We need to be firm. We need to roll up our sleeves, say “enough is enough” and address these problems… Read more from the Houston Chronicle