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Flooded streets in Midland Texas after Hurricane Harvey Flood-ravaged communities have to look at the many options available to increase resilience and mitigate flood risk. (Photo: Sarah Vines)

In Harris County, Texas, voters recently approved a $2.5 billion bond proposal that would significantly increase the annual funding for flood-mitigation projects with the goal of making Houston and neighboring communities more resilient to future flood events.

The vote came a year to the day after Hurricane Harvey dumped trillions of gallons of water on eastern Texas. Supporters of the measure hope it’s a step in the right direction for a community that has been beset by catastrophic flooding for as long as humans have occupied the land.

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