John Blount, Harris County Engineer
In late August, a downgraded tropical storm Harvey, which made landfall as a category 4 hurricane just days before, stalled over southwest Texas causing torrential flooding throughout the region. Unincorporated Harris County alone was inundated with in excess of a trillions gallons of storm water over 4 days, enough to fill the Astrodome 3200 times. In the aftermath of the unprecedented event, local officials were left to shepherd constituents through recovery and back to a sense of normalcy.
In this presentation, the county engineer, John Blount, gives a detailed account of the after events of Hurricane Harvey and its effects on the environment, infrastructure and community. Mr. Blount will analyze flood data yet to be released to the public, in order give the audience a perspective of just how devastating Harvey’s flood waters were. This session will breaks down the county facilities destroyed by Hurricane Harvey and John’s vision to respond with resilient solutions instead of temporary fixes because with the frequency and severity of recent storms, this could be the new normal.