Flooding & Storm Surge Symposium

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April 5, 2017
5:30 PM

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Houston is no stranger to the human and economic costs of severe weather. Recent floods in 2015 and 2016 caused 16 deaths and over $1 billion in damage. Additionally, the entire coastal region is particularly vulnerable to the threat of storm surge from a powerful hurricane.

In order to address these issues, Houston City Council Members David W. Robinson and Dave Martin, the AIA Houston Urban Design Committee, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), the American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston (ACEC) and the Houston Association of Realtors will host an event featuring two panel discussions on flooding and storm surge. Experts from academia, government and advocacy groups will shed light on these challenges and discuss possible solutions.

Panelists will include:

Phil Bedient, Director, Center for Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED Center), Rice University
Steve Costello, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Houston
Bob Mitchell, President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Mary Anne Piacentini, Executive Director, Katy Prairie Conservancy
Russell A. Poppe, Executive Director, Harris County Flood Control District
Chris Sallese, Coastal Programs Coordinator, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation

Moderated by Khambrel Marshall of the KPRC Local 2 Severe Weather Team.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Meeting Room 371ABDE. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:00 p.m. Remarks by Mayor Sylvester Turner will be given at the beginning of the program.

This event is free and open to the public.

Online registration is available until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29

Please contact atlarge2@houstontx.gov and districte@houstontx.gov if you would like to be a partner city, organization or sponsor of this event.

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