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Flooding at the Forefront

Although much of Houston was upgraded in the 1960’s to handle 8 inches of rain over 24 hours, some areas of the City are still only equipped for 4-inch rain events. The current mapped floodplains are shown below. The 100-year floodplain represents those areas having a 1% chance of flooding in any given year. Keep in mind that some of our communities are located in the 100-year floodplain.

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Latitudes in VoyageHouston

"David, the President and Founder of Latitudes is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and has been living and working in Houston since 2000. Mr. Lewis studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate (Radford University), and then went on to graduate school to study marine ecology (Old Dominion University). After graduate school, he accepted an Environmental Scientist position with a full-service engineering firm based in Virginia Beach.

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BUYER BEWARE! Mold Inspections

Under Texas Rules, ONLY licensed Mold Assessment Consultants may issue a ‘clearance’ for a home. Additionally, these Consultants MUST have commercial general liability insurance ($1 million per occurrence). State Rules require licensed mold assessors and re-mediators to give a copy of the Consumer Mold Information Sheet (link below) to each client and property owner before starting any mold-related activity.

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Houston Flooding

Drainage improvements throughout the City were initiated in the late 1930’s. They consisted of measures including reservoir construction (e.g. Barker and Addicks) and modifications to the natural drainage features (streams). A common practice in those days was to widen and straighten the streams in order to increase their flood capacity. This was done to move water quickly downstream and out of the city. The end result would be a ditch (or bayou) with a trapezoidal profile, often lined with concrete. By keeping the flood waters in the ditch, and effectively eliminating the natural floodplain, properties along the bayous could be developed.

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