The Texas Tribune, in partnership with ProPublica, has published "Hell and High Water" -- an innovative, interactive, and in-depth look at the Houston region’s vulnerability to hurricanes. It includes time lapse graphics that show the path of Hurricane Ike, plus additional hurricane paths, expected extent of flooding, and the projected effects of various protective barriers that have been proposed.
Something Republicans and Democrats can agree on: Houston is a “sitting duck.”
Another megastorm like Ike, which hits Houston rather than veering “off course” at the last minute as Ike did, would affect not only the state’s but the entire country’s economy.
Disruptions lasting longer than several weeks could impact the food security of the U.S. as well as trading partners.
Models projecting hurricane impacts do not currently incorporate the exacerbating effects of continued sea level rise.
Closing of Houston refineries could mean $7/gallon gasoline prices across the country.
Currently a 6-county coalition is working to develop recommendations for projects to protect the region, with recommendations to be issued in June 2016.
Although protection beyond a 100-year storm is uncommon in the United States, other countries have protected themselves against 10,000-year storms.
Article by Neena Satija and Kiah Collier for The Texas Tribune, and Al Shaw and Jeff Larson for ProPublica, March 3, 2016