Houston and Harris County have serious flooding problems to address, but they can be solved if funding is available and both the public and local officials commit to adopting new approaches and concepts for flood mitigation and prevention, according to Rice experts.
While forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near or above normal, experts at Rice University say Houston is little better prepared for extreme weather than it was last summer when Hurricane Harvey devastated the region.
Four engineering alumni, including civil and environmental engineer Jim Blackburn, have been honored by the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) for their contributions to Rice. They were recognized at a dinner held May 12 at the River Oaks Country Club.
If many of the flooding-related problems in Houston and Harris County are to be fixed, the region needs “to have an informed, flood-literate and engaged populace,” according to a paper by CEE faculty member Jim Blackburn.