An Oct. 20-25 research expedition to the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary offshore of Galveston conducted scuba dives at three sites and found no mass die-off from Hurricane Harvey floodwater runoff.
The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles offshore of Galveston.
In Harris County today, there are 140,000 residential properties within what FEMA has determined is the city's 100-year floodplain. It is now tragically apparent that these structures should not have been built in the first place.
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.