From Rice University and TX A&M: Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wash of H. Harvey. This report is 24 pages long. Also cited in the article is the link to their earlier report, Funding Primer, which is 14 pages.
The Diva considers the main report essential reading. And the figure on page 6 is very important. Your comments are invited.
From the Wash. Post: The ‘Harvey Homeless’. An excerpt:
Recovery here has, in fact, been monumentally slow, a draining slog that is due in part to the magnitude of the historic storm’s 60 inches of rain — thought to be one of the largest rainfalls in U.S. history — and because nearly 80 percent of households affected by Harvey did not have flood insurance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Affordable-housing advocates call Harvey one of the largest housing disasters in American history, next to only Hurricane Katrina, which overwhelmed New Orleans in 2005.
From the NYTimes: This Is Not the Way to Stop Homes From Flooding. “The federal government is considering a plan that could cost taxpayers more money and encourage land speculation without addressing the problem.”
Criticism of FEMA plan for Houston, TX.
A Quick Response Report from the Hazards Center at Univ. of CO/Boulder. See Gathering Places During the Short Term Recovery Following H. Harvey.
The most recent research from the Quick Response Grant Program looked at three communities on the south coast of Texas a month after Hurricane Harvey struck. They found that while there were ample opportunities to gather together and for many reasons, these locations—at least in the short term—didn’t always provide a sense of community for those who met there.
From GovTech.com: A report on the recovery of Hurricane Harvey, by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Hart Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, says the disaster recovery system in the region is not sustainable and creates a moral hazard by rewarding risky behavior.
The report, Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey, includes findings that suggest a top-down funding approach handcuffs local communities in developing mitigation plans and that, as a whole, Texas’ long-term hazard mitigation planning efforts have failed.
From the HSNewswire, this article on a new, 48pp. report: Houston and H. Harvey – the lessons
From a business insurance source: Harvey damage illustrates need for disaster preparedness: Study. Excerpts:
Hurricane Harvey served as a stark wake-up call about the need to enhance flood resilience, including limiting or preventing federal insurance coverage of new properties in flood zones, according to a study released Thursday.
Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm and dropped more than 40 inches of rain over the next four days, causing catastrophic flooding. Total economic damage from the hurricane is estimated at $125 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management, making it the second-costliest tropical cyclone on record after Hurricane Katrina.
But only a small fraction of these Harvey losses, about $19.4 billion, were insured, including $8.4 billion in flood losses insured by the National Flood Insurance Program, $2.7 billion in insured vehicle losses, $4.9 billion in insured commercial losses and $3.4 billion in other losses, according to a Post-Event Review Capability study on the Houston floods resulting from Harvey conducted by Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., ISET-International — a nonprofit organization committed to building resilience — and the American Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center.
From Politico: People just give up: Low-income hurricane victims slam federal relief programs. Nine months after Harvey, middle-class Houston has recovered, but low-income neighborhoods are in disarray.
From the WashPost; Fresh from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, Houston starts to build anew — in the flood plain
There has to be a better way to rebuild. Any suggestions from readers?