September 22, 2017

As floodwaters recede after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, cities in Texas and Florida are struggling to rebuild in ways that will leave them less vulnerable to future weather events.

Dr. Sacoby Wilson, an associate professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health(MIAEH) and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, explained to the Huffington Post that destroying native habitats increases cities' vulnerability to flooding. 

Hurricane Harvey’s floods were unprecedented, but the situation was made worse by Houston’s lack of zoning laws, and its consequent overdevelopment on wetlands that would have absorbed that storm water, Dr. Wilson said to HuffPost. 

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