HOUSTON – A new report on Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Houston area highlights a variety of issues that it says contributed to the damage.
Among them are a lack of consistent regulation and awareness by the residents of the risks of large floods, and an overreliance on technical solutions to deal with potential flooding hazards.
Harvey, who came ashore in August last year as a Category 4 hurricane, caused an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas and flooded thousands of homes in the Houston area.
The report, released Thursday, offers several recommendations, including the building of a culture of awareness about the risks of flooding and making sure more universally appealing.
It was composed by a non-profit, ISET-International, as well as the American Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center and Zurich Insurance.