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Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 near Corpus Christi, Texas. Over the next five days the storm devastated the Texas coast, dropping over 36 inches of rain over 2500 sq mi area and causing unprecedented levels of damage. Harvey is one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. Life-threatening flooding in the City of Houston and surrounding areas caught the world’s attention. SSPEED Center-related reports on Harvey can be found below.

Neighborhood-Scale Floodplain Analysis and Flood Mitigation Study for Greens Bayou Watershed

October 06, 2019

Cypress Creek Watershed Analysis of Flooding & Storage Options

May 15, 2019

This report investigates the potential for flood mitigation infrastructure in the Cypress Creek watershed.

Houston A Year After Harvey: Where We Are and Where We Need To Be

August 12, 2018

A report co-authored by Jim Blackburn and Phil Bedient and jointly published by the SSPEED Center and Baker Institute at Rice University. 

This report summarizes the strategies in the Houston area’s toolbox and focuses on specific challenges. It also includes a variety of conclusions about how best to address both strategies and tactics. Consortium members believe the overall approach to mitigating flooding in a watershed should be focused at both the watershed and neighborhood level.

This report is an overview of federal funding priorities for storm surge protection strategies in the wake of our current political landscape in a post-Harvey era. It details how the Mid-Bay Gate could be a less-expensive and surge protection system for the region.

This report is an overview the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused in Houston with its record-breaking rainfall event. It overviews Harvey’s impact on Houston’s major watersheds, the Addicks-Barker reservoir releases, San Jacinto River Flooding and the impact on the Brazos River.

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