Design of Houston a Factor in Disaster

A recent article from CNN about the major flooding disaster associated with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey has a great discussion of how poor city planning, lack of appropriate zoning, and other factors made the city more prone to disastrous flooding (even after changes made following other flooding incidents in recent years). It is crucial for engineers and urban planners to learn from these events and take well-considered and appropriate action to mitigate the impact of future major storms. This is especially true for urban areas dealing with rapid population growth and infrastructure development.

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