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Post Event Review of Hurricane Harvey, 2018

Program Locations: Houston, Texas, USA


Project Duration: 2018

Project Lead: Dr. Karen MacClune

Project Overview

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas on August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 storm. Over the next four days, Harvey dropped more than 1 m (40 inches) of rain over eastern Texas, causing catastrophic flooding. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. Total damage from the hurricane is estimated at USD 125 billion, making it the second-costliest tropical cyclone on record after Hurricane Katrina.

This study – conducted by ISET-International, a nonprofit organization committed to building resilience and catalyzing adaptation to critical social and environmental challenges, in collaboration with Zurich Insurance Group, the global insurer with its Flood Resilience Alliance, and the American Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center – looks in detail at the Houston floods that resulted from Hurricane Harvey. Based on interviews with impacted households and businesses, and with people involved in risk reduction, response and recovery at the city, county and state level, the study identifies lessons learned from the floods. The study also provides recommendations for enhancing flood resilience. We believe that these recommendations can be applied not only in Houston, but across the U.S. and even globally

Project Publications

Houston and Hurricane Harvey ISET Intern

Staff Involved/Personal Involucrado

Project Partners

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance


American Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center

Funded by:

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Post Event Review

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