I eagerly read the Nicholas Deshais article (Aug 29) and Jessie Norris’ the letter to the editor (Sept. 8). Both argue that inadequate zoning has made the flooding damage worse in East Texas. We all want safer housing and development, but I have questions about housing 4 million people on or near a flood plain.
Have other cities, with far stricter zoning regulations, fared measurably better, accounting for the severity of conditions, than the greater Houston area? How much of the Houston paving comes from roads and freeways?
Most importantly, are the climate scientists correct, that human actions will now cause more
virulent and extreme droughts, floods and storms? Will zoning Band-aids stop the tsunamis?
Please explain exactly what zoning regulations would help Houston, and how?