“Flooding was not even a possibility,” Said the Builder in Houston

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Dec 5, 2017 4:15:03 PM

The New York Times continued the national coverage of flood insurance (see the WSJ last week) on the weekend with a long-form piece on The Woodlands. Their writers (John Schwartz, James Glanz, and Andrew Lehren) went deep on a family who bought their home in The Woodlands in 2011, with the reassurance from the builder that the house was definitely out of the “flood zone”.

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Topics: Flood Modeling, Flood Risk, Houston

A Real World View of Floods

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Oct 19, 2017 8:12:28 AM

It is time to name a 21st century phenomenon by which bad news or possibilities are blown out of  proportion. Examples would be self-diagnosis on the web (by which sniffles can turn into brain cancer), or the appearance that events in the news are worse than they actually are. Maybe we could call it “Negativity Amplification”. We could even look at Harvey to explore it.

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Topics: Flood Modeling, Flood Risk, Insurance Protection Gap, Houston

A Flood Program That Doesn’t Cover Houston? Really?

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Sep 6, 2017 7:50:00 AM

Inevitably, let’s check out Houston and Harvey. It’s not the first time we have looked at Houston (or the second, third, or fourth), because Harris County is the flooding capital of the Americas. Forget about 500 year flood zones – Houston has 6 month flood zones.

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Topics: Floods, Flood Insurance, Flood Risk, FEMA, Houston

Building for Flood Resiliency, Or Not

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Aug 22, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Last week, the President introduced an initiative to streamline the regulatory process around federal infrastructure construction projects (read about it here, or here). As introductions go, it was not exactly textbook, so maybe “released” is a better term than “introduced”.

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Topics: Flood Insurance, Flood Risk, NFIP

Top 3 Risks of Hazard Posts – Dog Days Edition

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Jul 24, 2017 2:14:39 PM

Here we are in the dog days of summer, and because we can’t just write about wildfires every week it’s time for the Top 3 posts from Q2.

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Topics: Natural Hazard Risk, Flood Insurance, Flood Risk, Flood News

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