In mid-April 2016, heavy rainfall brought both human and structural devastation to the Houston, TX, metro area. One of the worst floods in Houston history took its toll, claiming eight lives and damaging hundreds of homes.
Economists at BBVA Compass put the damage estimate for the April 2016 flood at $1.3 billion to $1.9 billion, making it the costliest storm in the Houston area since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.
Nathaniel Karp, chief economist at BBVA Compass, warns that if flooding becomes more commonplace in the Houston area, local officials will need to take “bolder steps” to prevent flood deaths and reel in the financial harm.
“Houston doesn’t want to find itself in the news more for its flooding than its big personality and its economic promise,” Karp says.
To be sure, the Houston area has a rough relationship with rain. In this infographic, LawnStarter dives into Houston’s history of water woes.
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