A recent study found that FEMA failed to capture 75 percent of flood damages within their flood maps from 1999 to 2009. The FEMA flood maps are the primary source for how the government and insurance companies evaluate flood risk and insurance premiums.
Rice engineers will study the short- and long-term impact of Tropical Storm Harvey to learn how contaminants move and settle in the environment and to design and deploy emergency-response technologies.
HOUSTON – (Sept. 12, 2017) – Elected officials and government leaders, policymakers and experts from higher education and industry will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 14 for a workshop to examine the effects of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and raise awareness of water treatment techniques that can be used in response to extreme storm events.
An analysis of flood claims in three Houston suburbs from 1999 to 2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 100-year flood plain maps failed to capture 75 percent of flood damages from five serious floods, none of which reached the threshold rainfall of a 100-year event.
Shortly after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of rain on large areas of Houston and southeast Texas, Rice’s Joshua Furman and Melissa Kean sprang into action to lead an effort to save flood-damaged historical documents and records at two of the city’s most prominent Jewish synagogues.
HOUSTON – (Sept. 6, 2017) – Being honest about the extent and urgency of the Houston-Galveston region’s flooding problem will not harm the community but will form the basis for recovery, according to a paper by an engineering and environmental expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
HOUSTON – (Sept. 6, 2017) – As Texas and Houston recover from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, Rice University’s Fondren Library has advice for those concerned about cleaning and preserving papers and books impacted by flooding and mold.