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16/ But time machines don’t exist and development is continuing unabated.
15/ Army Corps of Engineers may have been able to prevent this in the ‘40s if they just bought more land around the reservoirs.
14/ But the blame of who knew what goes around and around.
13/ Researchers said developers and officials had to know they were putting people and property at risk.
12/ The reservoirs flooded. And so did 5,138 homes—about 40% of the homes in the reservoirs.
10/ Another warning came in 2015:
9/ Yet... a report in '03 said 2K acres of private land inside the reservoirs would have flooded if Allison hit it directly.
8/ Seems crazy, right? Officials, developers, insurance agents, even the people who live in them should know, right? Well…
6/ But the city started to sprawl and developers built INSIDE parts of the reservoirs that were not federally-owned. propub.li/2yGEOsK
5/ An early solution was to build two huge reservoirs designed to capture water and protect the city’s downtown from such flooding.
2/ Late last summer, #Harvey
dumped up to 50 inches of rain in parts of SE Texas. Tens of thousands of homes flooded. Dozens died.
Lakes on Eldridge was a "paradise."
But it was built in a reservoir.
Residents learned that the hard way.
New: Since 2001, 4K homes were built _inside_ Houston’s flood reservoirs, which filled up like a bathtub in Harvey
In the ‘40s, the ACE bought 8,000 acres less than the reservoirs’ max capacity. Much of that is now subdivisions.
“It’s a huge geopolitical mistake. How are they going to fix it?” propub.li/2yGnVhF
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: Houston officials let developers build homes inside reservoirs. But no one warned buyers. bit.ly/2hClYIm