Houston, A Man-Made Tragedy

Every populated area should have a sensible emergency evacuation plan in place and it should be practiced on a regular basis, especially in poorly planned, flood-prone cities like Houston. It’s not rocket science. If you know a storm is coming and you also know the forecast amounts of rain will overwhelm your storm sewer systems you move people out of harms way gradually and sequentially, starting with the neighborhoods most likely to flood and working your way to neighborhoods less likely to flood. You don’t try to evacuate everyone at once and cause gridlock or, even worse, not evacuate anyone and cause the human tragedy that is unfolding in Houston. Adage: “Failing to plan is planning to fail”; Haiku: “If you don’t learn from – past mistakes you’ll keep making – them in the future”

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