Run From The Water: AIA Storm Surge & Flooding Symposium

“Run from the water, hide from the wind” is a catchphrase used by emergency management teams to help coastal residents prepare for oncoming hurricanes. Even during heavy rainstorms, the city of Houston is particularly prone to flooding events due to its elevation below sea level and its system of natural waterways that are quick to spill out of their banks. Thus, AIA Houston teamed up with elected officials from the City of Houston and Harris County to hold a storm surge and flooding symposium that would discuss recurring flood-related challenges.

While the City of Houston Chief Resilience Officer pointed out during the event that no flood-related deaths have occurred inside residences or corporate/commercial structures within Houston’s long-term history, these types of structures are susceptible to water damage that can render them unusable. The economic losses from businesses relocating – or closing down – and the personal costs of displaced residents have exceeded billions of dollars.

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