The Impact of Hurricane Harvey


The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston conducted a telephone survey in November and December 2017 to understand the experiences of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey and to gauge their support for flood mitigation policies. A total of 2,002 respondents living in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria and Montgomery Counties participated in the initial survey. The panel survey will follow respondents over five years.

Specifically, the survey aims to address several important issues regarding a catastrophic event:

  1. What was the experience of Houston region residents before, during and after Hurricane Harvey?
  2. How did people act and coordinate with others in response to Hurricane Harvey?
  3. Where did people obtain their information during Hurricane Harvey?
  4. What are the policy preferences of Houston area residents for different flooding abatement proposals?

The next survey to be conducted in the spring of 2018 will include additional questions, including inquiries about social networks, specific flood abatement proposals and funding mechanisms.

Survey Summary Report

Survey Figures and Tables

Survey Methodology

Media Release 2018

Media Release 2017


Research Team

Jim Granato, executive director and professor of public policy, Hobby School of Public Affairs

Pablo Pinto, director, Center for Public Policy and associate professor of public policy, Hobby School of Public Affairs

Ching-Hsing Wang, research fellow, Hobby School of Public Affairs

Renée Cross, senior director, Hobby School of Public Affairs

Sunny Wong, professor of public policy, Hobby School of Public Affairs

Robert Stein, Lena Gohlman Fox professor of political science, Rice University

Mark P. Jones, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy's fellow in political science, Rice University


Additional Resources

City of Houston Post Harvey

Houston Recovers

Harris County Flood Control District

Fort Bend County

Rebuild Texas

Texas Rebuilds