Water & Oceans

‘500-Year Flood’ Could Happen Again Sooner Than You Think. Here’s Why.

"In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, President Trump tweeted that the storm had brought a “once in 500 year flood” to Houston, and expressed support for relief efforts. His words suggested the kind of catastrophic event that hadn’t been seen in the area for five centuries. But parts of Houston saw “500-year flooding” just last year. And in 2001, Tropical Storm Allison also delivered severe flooding to the area."

Source: NY Times, 08/31/2017

Port Arthur Faces Harvey Flooding Disaster: ‘Whole City Is Underwater’

"Residents of cities in Jefferson County, Tex., about 100 miles east of Houston, were desperate for help Wednesday morning after rain there caused floodwaters to rise precipitously and lightning made things particularly difficult for those responding to the storm."

Source: NY Times, 08/31/2017

Flood Insurance: Harvey Plays Into Partisan Divide On National Program

"Devastation caused by Tropical Storm Harvey will only exacerbate congressional debate over flood insurance reform, likely forcing lawmakers to pass a short-term extension before the federal program expires at the end of September."

Source: Greenwire, 08/30/2017

Houston’s Polluted Superfund Sites Threaten To Contaminate Floodwaters

"As rain poured and floodwaters inched toward his house in south Houston, Wes Highfield set out on a risky mission in his Jeep Cherokee. He drove in several directions to reach a nearby creek to collect water samples, but each time he was turned back when water washed against his floorboard."

Source: Washington Post, 08/30/2017

"Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey?"

"Climate scientists, who specialize in thinking about the Earth system as a whole, are often reticent to link any one weather event to global climate change. But they say that aspects of the case of Hurricane Harvey—and the recent history of tropical cyclones worldwide—suggest global warming is making a bad situation worse."

Source: Atlantic, 08/28/2017

"Hurricane Harvey The Latest Threat To Flood-Prone Houston"

"Regularly inundated by floodwaters ever since its settlement in the mid-1800s, Houston looked on warily even before Harvey roared ashore. In Houston, the chronic deluges that have repeatedly swamped its neighborhoods are getting worse and more costly — not just for locals, but for federal taxpayers."

Source: AP, 08/28/2017


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