Houston, One Hundred Fifty Billion Gallons, Fifteen Trillion Gallons discussed on Climate Cast

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I mean, there were a couple models that said forty inches of rain. Most of them were in the fifteen to twenty inches of rain. I actually was not even in the Houston area for the storm. So I was, I was actually out of the country. And so it was international communications with the team, but the Team New exactly what to do. But even with that, that amount of rain in in any area in the pretty much in the world would be overwhelming. One stat we have, which is just astounding is we treat about one hundred fifty billion gallons of water for drinking water for four million people in the Houston region every year. Lowest estimates are that we had fifteen trillion gallons of rain fall in the greater Houston area in four days flood geography is not a friend to Houston. How do you cope with the twentieth century infrastructure that you're given in our warmer and much wetter twenty-first-century climate? Well, the main thing we do is try to keep what we have as operate as possible. And then as we continue to redevelop Houston, reinvents itself all the time, and as we continue to redevelop that, we do it smarter that we do it better and that we do it more resilient, but we also have to do it more coordinated. We're not just looking at stormwater in isolation. We're looking at it combined with drinking water combined with wastewater treatment combined with, you know irrigation combined with all of those things as we look at it and and address not just the amount of rain. But how the rainfall is happening. How do we do that? How do we build smarter and more resilient cities in places like Houston that have a high risk for extreme flooding? Some of the new stuff is actually old stuff. The older parts of Houston that were built pier and beam are the ones that are the most resilient. When we have a flood event, the part of Houston that was built between the fifties and the early seventies, which is at ranch style architecture, slab on grade are the areas that are most flood prone these days. And so we're actually in some ways going back to what we knew before we thought we knew better and we're, we're putting in those measures and putting in those protections that allow people to be out of harm's way because.

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