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The City That Was Made to Flood

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Apr 18, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 12:54

Guest: Jim Blackburn, JD, Professor of Environmental Law, Co-Director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center. Rice University It’s been about eight months since Hurricane Harvey’s torrential rain caused serious flooding in Houston, Texas. Since then, investigative reporting by the New York Times and other outlets has revealed that many of the worst-flooded neighborhoods were actually designed to flood in the case of a severe storm. People who bought homes in those areas had no idea, and many are now part of a class action lawsuit against the government.