Be Ready, Before It's Too Late!

by Shyanne on September 6, 2017 - 9:43pm

Be Ready, Before It’s Too Late!


The article “How Houston’s layout may have made its flooding worse”  by Thom Patterson last updated August 31, 2017 speaks about the Tropical Storm that hit Houston, Texas leaving the city flooded. Experts are convinced that if the urban design was better and if they had stricter regulations, there would be less damage to the city.


There are three big factors that “threw Houston under the bus” during/after the storm. First being urban sprawl, the article states that although Houston’s downtown population hasn’t changed much, its suburbs continue to grow. This means that all the concrete that’s being put all over the city makes it harder to absorb stormwater into the ground. Secondly, Houston has weak rules and regulations. They believe that its policies underestimate the potential hazards of flooding considering that Houston is a low-lying city in a coastal floodplain that’s often a target for Gulf hurricanes. Lastly, the city of Houston has poor reservoir and land management. The article explains that there are dams in Houston but they were built in 1930, long before a lot of the buildings and homes that are now built there. Now, with all the the properties there, they come in the water’s path.


The article proves to be a reliable source because I have done a variety of research to make sure the article is reliable. The article comes from CNN, and they have demonstrated a variety of proof to be reliable over the years. Also, I have read other articles about this topic with demonstrates that it’s legitimate news. Thom Patterson, the man who wrote this article is a senior producer at CNN who has written a variety of articles that prove to be reliable.


Shyanne Wylie-Gordon

August 4, 2017



Your piece was well written and touched on an important issue that is intriguing. However, in order to strengthen your summary, you may want to take a look at the article, “Residents warned to ‘get out or die’ as Harvey unleashes new waves of punishing rains and flooding” published by the Washington Post on the same environmental crisis ( This report is in direct correlation to yours since you have summarized mainly the factors that might have increased the repercussions of the hurricane on Texas. In fact, the article linked to this comment, illustrates concretely those damages. In addition, it not only shows what you are explaining in your summary, but it also gives interesting and shocking statistics of the destructive consequences of Harvey. For example, it states that, “Nearly 35,000 people were in shelters. Thousands of homes were still submerged.” This article is reliable since it was written by three authors one of which has won several journalistic prizes ( ), and another who has been a teacher at the Washington University. This shows that the article was revised by more than one person with experiences which add up to the reliability of the source. In addition, it was published in the Washington Post, newspaper created in 1877 which has won several Pulitzer Prizes over the years, important journalistic prizes( Therefore, the reliability of this source is really strong.

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