Is Houston’s Floodplain Ordinance Bad for Low-Income Communities?

Some say the ordinance will hurt residents that are already adversely affected by Harvey.

By Florian MartinAugust 29, 2018 9:30 am, , , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

One year ago this week was the event we now simply call “Harvey.”

Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall highlighted any and all weaknesses in our ability as a region to survive such catastrophes.

Since then, Harris County and the city of Houston have taken measures to mitigate the impact of future flooding.

But not all of those plans are without controversy.

Take what’s called the floodplain ordinance. The City Council revised it earlier this year and the changes go into effect September 1. It toughens building standards. But might there be unintended consequences?

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