New vs. older housing in Houston during Hurricane Harvey

November 13, 2017 3:57 pm

This past August Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, TX and surrounding areas. Through media we all witnessed the horrible flooding that took place in Houston as record levels of rainfall inundated the city.

Billions of dollars in damage was done, with a reported 800 homes destroyed and 119,000 damaged in Harris County alone.

Putting aside the heartbreaking aspects of loss from the situation, it has offered a glimpse into the effectiveness of building codes. Houston is one of the fastest growing metropolitans in the U.S., and according to a new report by the L.A. Times, “with a significant portion of new construction occurring in areas that the federal government considers prone to flooding.”  Amazingly much of that new real estate escaped major damage. To learn more read the full report here


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