In Trump’s mania to obliterate all Obama-era regulations, the Trump administration has revoked rules that would hold infrastructure projects to a higher standard that would mitigate the risk of flooding damage.
The Obama rule gave federal agencies three ways to address flood risk in design and construction in floodplains: using methods informed by climate science, building two feet above the 100-year flood elevation, or building to the 500-year flood elevation.”The new rules wouldn’t have helped the current disaster in Houston. But they would have guided the rebuilding effort, so the city would not simply replace what have proved to be highly vulnerable infrastructure with equally vulnerable roads, highways, and bridges.
Trump is making a trip to Texas, no doubt to attempt to show how in touch he is with the crisis. A more enduring statement would be re-instituting the infrastructure rule.
If the Texas governor and Congressional delegation had any sense, that’s what they’d ask for. I’m not counting on it.