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ProPublica Aug 27
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2/ Just last year, we along with the explored why Houston is so vulnerable and unprepared:
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ProPublica Aug 27
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3/ Climate change plays a role. So does Houston's utter lack lack of zoning, and relentless development in flood-prone areas.
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ProPublica Aug 27
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4/ The city has paved over over 166,000 acres of mostly former coastal prairie since 2001, land that held highly absorbent grasses.
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ProPublica Aug 27
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5/ Almost 30% of freshwater wetlands were lost to development between 1992 and 2010.
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ProPublica Aug 27
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6/ Meanwhile, developers have fought stricter building regulations.
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ProPublica Aug 27
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7/ Since 2010, more than 7K residential buildings have been built in FEMA designated flood zones in Harris County, according to our analysis
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YankeeArmyVeteran Aug 27
U can thank the libdummies who think giving heroin addicts clean needles is more imp than building flood walls and break waters for harbors
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ProPublica Aug 27
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8/ 2 reservoirs were built in the 1940s to prevent downtown Houston from flooding. They're now aging & boxed in by sprawling neighborhoods.
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Duffy Macgruder's Aug 27
You can't prepare for THIS.
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ProPublica Aug 27
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9/ The result: In just past two years, 16,000 buildings have flooded in Houston.
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ProPublica Aug 27
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10/ And that doesn’t include what’s happening now…
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John Gorman Aug 27
Houston is all concrete. And flat. And at sea level. Nowhere for the water to go.
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ProPublica Aug 27
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11/11 One last thing: As this disaster unfolds, you may want to give money to disaster relief. Read this:
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Sara Kubik, PhD Aug 27
And for people affected by this disaster, if they have legal questions after passes, the has a hotline 800-504-7030
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mare6367 Aug 27
Maybe they should've left the coastal prairie alone. But money talks.
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John Gorman Aug 27
Yeah, I mean ... hindsight 20/20, but, yeah ... probably a good idea when you're at sea level to think about things like these.
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those crying birds Aug 27
You can thank people who refused to regulate construction limits in a floodplain.
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mare6367 Aug 27
I don't consider this hindsight, but rather greed. The importance of lowlands/flood plains isn't hard to understand.
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