Did you know that Houston has no zoning laws? Or that the flooding of roads in Houston is by design, as the roads were built below grade to turn them into giant gutters, and that the city really doesn't know what to do about the incessant flooding? Or that federal flood insurance is not actuarially sound (meaning that in effect construction in flood zones is often federally subsidized)? Did you know that Texas Senator Ted Cruz voted against funding Hurricane Sandy relief?
In the aftermath of Harvey there are no simple answers. There's a lot to think about in terms of the federal government's role, what should be rebuilt, and how the U.S. should approach flood insurance as we descent into the Athropocene epoch.