ISET, in collaboration with the Zurich Flood Resilience Program and the American Red Cross, is conducting a post-event review (PERC) of the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Houston in August/September 2017. With a focus on businesses, we are looking for examples of where Houston was resilient and how disaster resilience for businesses, communities, and the city as a whole can be improved. Through this engagement, we will be sharing best practices and recommendations with any interested audience.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas on August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 Hurricane. The storm stalled near the Texas coastline, which caused it to rapidly weaken but also to drop torrential amounts of rainfall over the region. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding.