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Is San Antonio Ready For A Harvey-Strength Storm?

Joey Palacios

San Antonio was spared the full force of Hurricane Harvey, leading locals to ask the question: What would have happened if the storm hit closer to home? 

The Texas Hill Country is already referred to as "Flash Flood Alley," prone to retaining water after excessive rain.

Bexar County's $500 million flood control program, implemented over the past 10 years, ends this month. The program needs approval from the Commissioner's Court to continue. 

The City of San Antonio's stormwater utility fee charges residential property owners less than $10 per month, depending on the number of square feet, through the San Antonio Water System. The funds collected contribute to drainage infrastructure improvements throughout the city. 

How are city and county officials preparing for the possibility of extreme flooding in the future? What drainage and flood control projects are in the works?

How resilient is the San Antonio area if another storm of Harvey's magnitude hits? 


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