Journalists who Saw Hurricane Harvey Coming


Why isn’t Texas Ready was an article that was written over a year ago predicting that the state would experience a major storm. According to the article, it explained that the storm wasn’t a matter of if but a matter of when. This was achieved through a national group known as ProPublica and a local publication known as The Texas Tribune. In an article titled “Hell and High Water,” the two questioned the state preparedness to a storm. They also questioned the downright denial about a coming storm that would cause extensive flooding in the Houston area. The article consists of texts as well as maps about areas that would be hit hard by a storm. The story interviewed a Rice University professor known as Phil Bedient who said that the people of Texas were sitting ducks. He accused the state of doing nothing especially on adding resiliency. He also said that the state should shore up the coastline to prevent a major disaster. Like any other stories, the story is not clairvoyant. It’s a victim of the common trap that many stories fall for in exaggerating the effects of the disaster that would come economically. The editors did this for their own reasons.

However, they offered the state a message that they didn’t want to listen to. While we can mitigate natural disasters that are as a result of extreme weather, we should not directly contribute or make choices that make the situation worse. This story deserves credit, and it was written by Jeff Larson, Al Shaw, Kiah Collier and Neena Satija. The state has been accused of doing little to prevent the massive storm that we have seen. Instead of embarking on a grassland that would have absorbed nearly 52 inches of the rainfall that has been experienced in the area, the state officials discouraged against it by encouraging the development of low lying projects. They were unconcerned about the risk that comes with cutting the grassland. Tanvi Mistra who works for the CityLab notes that when flooding occurs, it greatly affects the minority communities and also the low-income earners. With the case for Houston, the situation is serious due to Superfund sites and petrochemical plants in the area. To better understand the effects of Hurricane Harvey, a real life example would serve the purpose. At the moment, the area submerged in Texas is approximately 15 times of Manhattan. The full damage cannot be told until the floods subdue.


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