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Weathering the Storm

  • Sigma Brewing Company 1338 Harrisburg Boulevard Houston, TX, 77003 United States (map)

Houston Strong

The previous year in Houston will be forever associated with Hurricane Harvey, and the tremendous impact it had on this city. In this event we will talk about Houston flood planning, particularly in the context of Harvey.  

How do we prepare for extreme flood events? How are flood plains mapped? How did Harvey compare to "normal" rainfall events? And how can we prepare for a future event of this magnitude? 

Treading the Waters of Floodplain Management

Kameron Pugh

Civil engineer working in land development, water, and wastewater treatment design. Graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2014.

Understanding floodplain mapping and flood zones:

  • How does the civil engineering industry categorize and design for extreme rainfall events?
  • How did Harvey compare to the typical “modeled” rainfall events and how have we responded to this event?
  • What should a homeowner know in regards to drainage and flooding in Houston?

Crowdsourcing Data - Hurricane Harvey

Cyndi Vail Castro

Cyndi is a professional civil engineer with an emphasis on flood modeling and drainage infrastructure in the Houston metropolitan area.

Hurricane Harvey was the first major storm in the United States to use social media and crowdsourced data for real-time disaster response. We will discuss what worked and lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey by analyzing grassroots efforts in the aftermath of the storm.

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