Media Alert

Houston is no stranger to the human and economic costs of severe weather. Recent floods in 2015 and 2016 caused 16 deaths and over $1 billion in damage. Additionally, the entire coastal region is particularly vulnerable to the threat of storm surge from a powerful hurricane.

In order to address these issues, Houston City Council Members David W. Robinson and Dave Martin and the AIA Houston Urban Design Committee will host an event featuring two panel discussions on flooding and storm surge. Experts from academia, government and advocacy groups will shed light on these challenges and discuss possible solutions.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Meeting Room 371ABDE. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program at 6:00 p.m. Remarks by Mayor Sylvester Turner will be given at the beginning of the program.

This event is free and open to the public. Online registration is available until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, or until registration is full. Click here to register. Limited seating is available, and registration is first come, first served. For those unable to attend in person, there will be a livestream of the event posted on

This event is made possible by generous support from Port Houston, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Houston (ACEC), and the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR). Additional support is provided by partner organizations, the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and the Center for Houston’s Future.