The unprecedented 2017 storm dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the Houston area, but as rain events and flooding become the new normal, new research is needed to respond.
Texas Flood Registry 2020 Report
This report includes updates on Harvey’s long-term impact and recent findings about the health and housing effects of the May 2019 storms and Tropical Storm Imelda.
Measuring Flooding with the Houston Fire Department
Bob Stein and Rick Wilson conducted two studies about flooding and local knowledge/perspective.
Scalable and Robust Prototype of Sensor Network for Real-Time Street Level Flood Measurement
Gary Woods and team from the civil and environmental engineering department created low-cost flood sensors that were tested on Rice’s campus in spring 2019.
Lessons from Harvey: Crisis Informatics for Urban Resilience
This report suggests that public agencies work closely with social media companies and the operators of crowdsourced sites to install plans to incorporate these systems into the disaster recovery process.
Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey
This research brief provides context about how the recovery process is unfolding in the Hurricane Harvey-affected region and how the area can prevent a similar situation from happening again.
Building a More Resilient Housing System Event Report
This report by the Houston office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research highlights key learnings and strategies from the “Building a More Resilient Housing System” event held on March 27, 2018.
Case Studies in Floodplain Buyouts: Looking to Best Practices to Drive the Conversation in the Houston Region
A look at best practices from other jurisdictions engaged in the hazard mitigation strategy of strategic property buyouts.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Needs Assessment: Phase Two
The second phase of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s needs assessment work on behalf of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Funding Primer: Harvey Relief and Recovery
This report seeks to inform decision makers about the recovery funding process and potential gaps.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Needs Assessment: Phase One
The first phase of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s needs assessment work on behalf of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Coupled Flood Alert System and Infrastructure Risk Modeling for White Oak Bayou
The project team developed and implemented a radar-based flood alert system as a flood mitigation tool for the City of Houston and to inform infrastructure risk modeling, focusing on White Oak Bayou.
Small-Scale Applications of Distributed Hydrologic Model Vflo® to Characterize Impacts from Mitigation Projects and Site-scale Re-development on Street-Level Flooding
This report uses hydrological modeling to assess if mitigation techniques used throughout the city were successful.
Q&A: How a green approach could help Houston shrink its flood risks—and its carbon footprint
If Houston took a nature-based approach to its drainage systems, it could help mitigate climate change, lessen the city’s severe heat and create job opportunities among other benefits, according to a recent report by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
How a former landfill could help fight floods and reimagine a swath of southwest Houston
A proposal to transform a former landfill in southwest Houston into a mixed-use development with a flood control component recently caught the attention of statewide planners who recognized it for its contributions to resilience.
Federal report calls out civil rights inequities in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath
In the wake of two historically devastating storms in 2017, financial aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development contributed to an increase in wealth inequality.
Harris County flood task force hopes ‘many ways of knowing’ will inform a vision for equitable resilience
Water connects us, yet too often our region’s ongoing relationship with water presents itself as flooding that wreaks havoc and devastates all in its path. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many efforts have emerged to try to rebuild our relationship with water from one of harm to one of resilience.
While we fix our flood infrastructure, let’s also improve mental health care and strengthen communities
Natural disasters are increasingly common each year, affecting infrastructure and contributing to economic, social, health, and psychological hardships. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017, it quickly amassed $125 billion in damages, displacing over a million people and their homes. Along with the economic toll of a disaster event, mental health concerns carry a cost that is difficult to measure.
Sociologist Rachel T. Kimbro discusses her new book, “In Too Deep: Class and Mothering in a Flooded Community.”
Urban Reads: Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek
Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek discuss "Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath: Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery."
Texas Flood Registry: Measuring the Long-Term Impacts of Major Storms
This webinar shares findings from the 2020 Texas Flood Registry Report, which provides an update on the health and housing impacts of Hurricane Harvey and other major storms.
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