Friday evening, Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas with 130 mile-an-hour winds, essentially destroying a city of 10,000 people. Since then, the storm was downgraded, but it moved East to the city of Houston, where it’s been hovering since — dropping more rain than Houston has ever seen before — creating 5500 refugees already. Thousands have been rescued with thousands more still at risk as first responders are being sent in from other parts of the country. As if record-breaking rainfall wasn’t enough, massive releases are needed from two giant reservoirs — even though they’ll make flooding worse. We update an unprecedented disaster due in part to the failure of long-term planning.
America's fourth-largest city is drowning
J. Marshall Shepherd - University of Georgia - @DrShepherd2013, Al Shaw - ProPublica - @A_L, Ken Thomas - Associated Press - @kthomasdc, Molly Hennessy-Fiske - Houston Bureau Chief for the LA Times - @mollyhf