As a center of petro-chemical industry and a conduit of trucking and rail out of Mexico, the key supply chain hub is currently devastated by Hurricane Harvey. With a growing death toll, many more injured, and a cumulative 50 inches of expected rain, the hurricane is unprecedented in the region in terms of rainfall and flooding. The response to the hurricane — both in terms of rescue efforts and reorganizing the operations of effected businesses — will be Herculean.
Harvey is not the first lethal and damaging flood to hit Houston: Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 killed 41 and caused $9 billion in damage, as well as flooding in 2016 that shut down the city for days. Houston’s expansive sprawl lacks drainage systems and has ample bodies of water that are easily exacerbated by heavy rains. Hurricane Harvey might be a turning point in rebuilding the low-lying, vulnerable infrastructure.
Catch up on the effects and forecasts of Tropical Storm Harvey below:
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