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September 19, 2010

Since the founding of Houston flooding has been an invariable hazard.  Over time it has become even more frequent as we pave over acre after acre.  614 square miles of Harris County, an area nearly equivalent to the size of Houston, are either in a floodway, 100 year, or 500 year flood plain, this is 35% of all land area.  In Houston nearly 500,000 people live in a flood zone. A major flood occurs in our city on average every two years.  It is not uncommon for over 100 homes to be flooded in any single event. During Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 73,000 homes were flooded. More flood insurance claims have been paid here than anywhere else. | Flooding isn’t constrained to good or bad neighborhoods.  The flood waters don’t discriminate. The question is, are you in a ZONE?

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Community Design Resource Center | UH CoA | Sept 20 – Oct 14 |

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Project team: Susan Rogers, Maria Oran, Jay Taylor.

With volunteer assistance from: Rachel Wilkins, Mike Cutulle, John Rezsonya, Josh Sawyer, Zhu Chen , Kim McGrath, Zach Copeland — Many Thanks

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[photographs by Jay Taylor, M.Arch Alumn — Susan Rogers, CDRC Director]
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