Houston At High Risk For Major Damage From Hurricanes

 Friday, April 8, 2016

 Building Design & Construction

Metropolitan Houston is highly vulnerable to severely damaging floods from hurricanes, and state and local governments have done little to make the area more resilient. An analysis of the FEMA 500-year storm model by the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston shows that 52 facilities including refineries and chemical plants located on the Houston Ship Channel would flood by as much as 16 feet of water. This event alone would take a major toll on the nation’s economy.