These Houston homes didn’t flood during Harvey. Here’s why

September 6, 2017

When Armando Saenz built his home in The Woodlands last year, the Houston radiologist thought that elevating his foundation, air-conditioning units and backup generator three and a half feet above the ground was “a little bit overdone.”

However, the developer, The Howard Hughes Corp. (NYSE: HHC), and the homebuilder, Frankel Building Group, required all 55 homes in The Woodlands Reserve be built on raised pier-and-beam foundations. While The Woodlands Reserve is not in the 100-year floodplain, the gated section sits just west of Spring Creek, which can overflow its banks during heavier rainstorms…Read More

Author: Paul Takahashi for Houston Business Journal

Photo: David J. Phillip/AP

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