Harris County, Texas, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey flooding, has approved new regulations on building construction in flood-prone locations. The regulations will increase the required elevation for new homes and other structures to avoid floodwaters. The rules take effect January 1, 2018, in unincorporated parts of Harris County. The new regulations do not apply to Houston, however.
"After the regulations we adopted today, Harris County will have the toughest, the stiffest flood building code regulations in the country," said County Judge Ed Emmett.