As Hurricane Harvey approached Texas in August, 2017, the storm began to rapidly intensify, gaining Category 4 status on the 24th. The erratic movement of the storm caused it to weaken periodically, while meandering near the Texas and Louisiana coasts, only to regain strength and hit the Texas coast twice, the first major hurricane to make landfall two different times since 2005. As the storm stalled, record breaking rain persisted for 4 days over the Houston area, eventually totaling in excess of 51 inches. While Houston has been known for flooding problems, including two 100 year events within a little more than 13 months, Harvey would become known as the worst, by far, a 500 year event. The storm's impact on people, property and the road to recovery is still an ongoing saga, which will be playing out for years to come. This session will reveal in detail some astounding statistics of the even
In the aftermath, Houston and surrounding areas would face the daunting task of recovery and reconstruction, but the bigger question has become, "What does the future hold regarding storm water management in the country's 4 largest city?" With a metro area of over 10,000 square miles, 6.3 million people, virtually flat topography and vast areas of impervious surface, mitigating the impact of the next storm of such proportions is an engineering and floodplain management challenge of historic proportions.
This session will review the redefinition of the areas' floodplain, changes to building codes, detention and mitigation requirements, as well as the introduction of new technologies to positively affect watershed management as the region struggles to address the ongoing challenge of a rapidly growing population and public infrastructure.