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The Trouble With Living in a Swamp: Houston’s Floods Explained (First published in 2016)

This is an amazing read given the situation in Houston.  Via the Houston Chronicle  (2016). As bait, I’ve pasted in the first paragraphs.

Hubris comes to mind when reading this. The ass-kicking, oil-drilling Texas cowboy giving Earth the finger.

King Solomon comes to mind: “…vanity of vanities, all is vanity…”  950 BCE

A link to the article follows.

 


“The Trouble With Living in a Swamp”  by Dylan Baddour (2016)

“Things get bad when Houston floods. Water swamps homes, takes lives and shuts down the city. But it should be so much worse. There shouldn’t even be a city here.

But there is, and most Houstonians casually accept the enormous drainage system—the bayous, creeks and gullies—that keep it precariously dry in a former wetland.

Early settlers drained marshes to build Houston town in a muddy bog. Fast forward less than 200 years and the city stands above water, mostly, thanks mostly to 2,500 miles of managed waterways—the flying distance from Houston to Quito, Ecuador—that whisk the floods out to sea.”

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http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/explainer/article/The-trouble-with-living-in-a-swamp-Houston-7954514.php