Here is a link to a fantastic New York Times article explaining some of the arguably poor political decisions (and morally ambiguous ignorance of homeowners) which precipitated the flooding of one Houston neighborhood during last year's storm cycle.
what happens in the absence of building laws & myriad other troubles
From the New York Times, by Michael Kimmelman, Dec 21, 2017.
Arguably the most exigent concern of the new-modern era.
"State legislatures and natural resource managers have traditionally addressed water and energy as two separate issues. However, water and energy are deeply connected and sustainable management of either resource requires consideration of the other. Thus, resource managers and lawmakers across the country are beginning to take a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the management of water and energy. This report provides overview information about the nexus between water and energy and provides a summary of state legislation addressing this issue."
Here you will find a collection of material, ranging from technical data to white papers to theory, which has influenced my thinking.