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Harvey -
Harris County

Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in late August 2017. Although the storm affected vast areas of the state from Corpus Christi to Beaumont, almost half of the impacted population lived in Harris County. The slow-moving storm stalled over Houston for nearly five days, dropping more than 40 inches of rain in some places. More than 120,000 homes and buildings in the county were damaged.

Storm Facts

  • Houston and Surrounding Area, August 2017

  • Total Individual Assistance Applications: 448,000

Key Insights from this Dashboard

  • Northeast Houston was hardest hit, with some ZIP codes exceeding 90 FEMA applications per 100 households.

  • Northeast Houston includes some of the neighborhoods most vulnerable to disasters, as measured by the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI).

  • Central Houston was highly vulnerable and had high storm damage. These areas were most in need of recovery programs and additional infrastructure.

  • Individual Assistance Outcomes were sharply inequitable, as shown by the equity factors tab. Homeowners with incomes greater than $120,000 received an average award of more than $7,200, while renters with an income of less than $15,000 received roughly $2,000. Wealthy households were also much more likely to be approved for assistance.

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