Tag: maintaining the infrastructure

1Jun 2015

How City and County Governments Can Work With Property Owners to Prepare for Storm Season

By Robert Armstead

Spring rains are already coming hard and fast.  In fact, the first Atlantic tropical storm of 2015 (Ana) hit landfall in South Carolina in May, even though hurricane season does not officially begin until June 1.

During the past week, Texas and Oklahoma have experienced massive and devastating flooding from torrential rains. While the rainfall has put an end to the drought that has plagued Texas for the past five years, the loss of life and damage to personal property, the infrastructure and the environment  has devastated the region.

Just as we’ve seen with the flooding in Texas this past week, heavy rainfall can lead to numerous hazards, including flooding and landslides, which puts human lives at risk, causes damage to buildings and our infrastructure, and destroys crops and livestock. In preparation for rainy season, it’s important to understand the risk and damage that high water events can cause and how…