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Hurricane Harvey: Research shows most fatalities were outside flood zones

19 Apr 2018, EGU

New research has found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Drowning caused 80% of Harvey deaths, and the research showed that only 22% of fatalities in Harris County occurred within the 100-year floodplain.