Hurricane Harvey Reinforces Need for Cities to Plan for Disaster Resiliency

Local residents are evacuated by volunteers from San Antonio’s Clodine district after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding. (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty)

When a community is decimated by a 1,000-year weather event, with multiple feet of rain deposited on streets, parking lots and roofs, there is no way to plan where to put the water. The water must go somewhere. Architects, designers and urban planners have been urging communities to plan for crisis-level weather events for years; Hurricane Harvey reminds cities how important that is.

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