What’s it like to live through a 500-year flood? Rice’s residents were safe throughout the storm that dropped 31 inches of rain on campus, and students responded with cooperation and compassion during the campus closure.

Along with our fellow Houstonians, many in our community suffered traumatic losses of homes and property — and benefited from generous acts of volunteerism. Harvey’s challenges continue — and Rice’s expertise and innovative minds are ready to meet them.

IN THE EYE OF THE HURRICANE

What’s a county judge got to  do with emergency management? In Harris County —  just  about everything. Read more.

THE HOME TEAM

For the staff who ride out the storm, planning and preparation take center stage — but improvisation steals the show. Read more.

THE VOLUNTEERS

In Harvey’s wake, the Rice community mobilized hands, hearts and minds to help a storm-tossed Houston. Read more.

THE MEAL BRIGADE

Matthew Wettergreen ’08 watched the flooding from Hurricane Harvey through binoculars from the 23rd story of the Midtown Houston apartment building he shares with his wife, event management consultant Claudia Solís. Although the lobby of their building flooded, they never lost electricity. “We were just sitting around feeling completely useless,” Solís remembered. Read more.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

After evacuating Houston, we decided not to return empty-handed. Read More.

AFTER THE DELUGE

When it comes to flooding, how does Houston become a smarter, more resilient city? Rice researchers and storm experts weigh in. Read more.

HURRICANE HARVEY BY THE NUMBERS

Harvey dumped 13 trillion gallons of rain over southeast Texas and 31 inches of rain fell on Rice’s campus; 15 inches on Aug. 27. Read More.

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FLOOD RECOVERY

As the owner of a house that has now flooded three times, I’ve learned a lot about the flood recovery process and want to share it with the Rice community. As I told a news reporter two years ago, “The recovery is worse than the event itself.” Read more.

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