Years of Recovery from H. Harvey

From the NYTimes, Deluged Texas Braces for More Rain, and Years of Recovery.

As one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history pummeled southeast Texas for a fourth day, forecasts on Tuesday morning called for still more rain, making clear that catastrophic flooding that had turned neighborhoods into lakes was just the start of a disaster that would take years to overcome.

Local, state and federal officials conceded that the scale of the crisis was so vast that they were nowhere near being able to measure it, much less fully address it.

A personal note:  the Diva has been engaged in studying disaster recovery for almost 40 years and does not recall ever hearing public officials state in week one of a disaster that the recovery process is likely to take years. The FEMA Administrator said it first a few days ago and several other officials have repeated that dire warning. It is important for public agencies and other organizations engaged in response and recovery activities to think through what a long stay in TX will mean and plan accordingly.

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