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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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