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Lessons Learned Pay Off for Houston

ACCE Webmaster on Friday, September 19, 2008 at 12:08:28 am

Hurricane Ike slammed directly into Galveston and Houston last Saturday, the latest in a parade of severe storms this busy hurricane season.  This storm, with a near record 80 mile wide eye, brought category 2 sustained winds and a 13 foot storm surge to one of the nation's largest metropolitan areas.  Communities on the Texas coast are still cleaning up and it is still far from business-as-usual, however, there are some bright spots.

Jeff Moseley, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, sent this interesting anecdote about lessons learned in the wake of natural disasters that I thought I would share.

"In 1983 (Hurricane) Alicia's winds carried gravel from downtown roofs and caused a cascade of broken glass to fill downtown streets.  A city ordinance was then passed banning gravel as a roofing material and making those towers with gravel switch.  Fast forward 25 years--Ike's winds only impacted 1/2% of the 400,000 windows in downtown. "

Our thoughts remain with the folks in Texas who are still without power, water, food and gasoline.  Click HERE to learn how you can help.

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