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.
A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow Rice, the city of Houston and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop an environmental health and housing registry. The goal is to help the community understand the impact of storms like Harvey on public health.
The conference, "Urban Flooding & Infrastructure: Moving Forward from Harvey," brought together experts on flood prediction, climate modeling, infrastructure, climate change and natural disaster preparedness and recovery.
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.