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HARC Sponsors Post-Harvey Forum on Storm Analysis

Posting Date: 
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Houston Branch hosted a sold-out event December 12th entitled “Rainfall, Drainage, and Flood Damage Reduction in a Post-Harvey World”.  HARC was a sponsor of this important event, attended by HARC Research Scientist and EWRI member Carolyn LaFleur, P.E., as well as engineers from across the Houston region.  Michael Bloom, P.E. of RG Miller Engineers moderated the panel discussion which focused on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) efforts to revise rainfall predictions for Texas.  Sandra Pavlovic, P.E., NOAA scientist, discussed this work, and explained data sources used and results of the analyses.  Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe, P.E. and Stephen Costello, Houston’s Chief Resilience Officer, provided local government perspectives on implications of the revised storm data for Houston and Harris County. 

Using more than 100 years of historical rainfall data, including record-setting rainfall amounts of Hurricane Harvey, this work provides updated rainfall predictions for storm events.  This new data soon to be published by NOAA indicates significantly higher rainfall amounts for our area.  Such information is critical for decisions about land use, infrastructure design, emergency response, and more.   

Look for future articles in our newsletter about this analysis and efforts to make our Houston area more resilient.