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Freese and Nichols is leading a team conducting Phase One of a study for the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) to determine whether deep underground tunnels can help improve resiliency in the region by alleviating persistent and destructive flooding. 

HCFCD is responsible for approximately 2,500 miles of bayous and tributaries that drain stormwater from Harris County, including Houston and some of Texas’ fastest-...

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Freese and Nichols has begun a Harris County Flood Control District project whose findings could shape the urban flooding conversation locally and nationally.

Last month, stormwater engineers from across the company mobilized for the first phase of the District’s ...

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Eighteen months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast, recovery efforts and flood management projects continue as the region improves its resiliency for future events. Although unprecedented, Houston's catastrophic flooding from Harvey was not without foreshadowing. Tax Day 2016, Memorial Day 2015 and other storms had caused similar flooding across portions of the Greater Houston Area.

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The City of Houston recently updated floodplain regulations after massive flooding and damages occurred throughout Harris County and surrounding areas in recent years. The flood damages have resulted from major rainfall events; Hurricane Harvey (2017), the 2016 Tax Day Flood, and the 2015 Memorial Day Flood. The regulations were updated to better ensure the welfare and safety of the public and to increase the resiliency of communities as they recover and prepare for future rainfall events.

On April 4, the Houston...

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