Clearly, the Houston area could have done more to be prepared for a major hurricane. And it seems that the science of climate change and meteorology indicate that Harvey was not a once in a lifetime event.
Harvey Hindsight: Local Mitigation, Sensible Zoning Would Make a Difference
Relying on the federal government to mitigate flooding is a recipe for disaster.
From Governing magazine online: What Temporary Housing? Harvey Victims Are Still Waiting. Thanks to Eric Holdeman for sharing this article. See his commentary on this on his blog. Of note, the discussion of resilience in Houston.
Update: See Eric’s blog on the last mentioned article.