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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signs Resilient Houston plan Photo: Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle
Houston has been deluged by six major flooding events in the last five years, including Tropical Storm Imelda last September — five of which resulted in federal disaster declarations. Now, in order to turn the page and get ahead of these disasters, the City of Houston has adopted a plan to prepare the city for what is expected to be more of the same for decades to come due to climate change — through a range of actions such as the planting of 4.6 million new trees and the removal of all homes from city floodways.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the plan “addresses resiliency at five scales — people, neighborhoods, bayous, the city and the region — and sets 18 targets, along with a corresponding set of 62 actions to make those happen.” Not all the actions are new, but the plan provides a structure to ensure coordination across the city government. Here are some of the major actions the plan calls for:
expanding the “Complete Communities” program that currently covers 10 historically underserved neighborhoods to provide “access to quality affordable homes, jobs, well-maintained parks, improved streets…”
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