Texas Flood Registry

About the Texas Flood Registry

How does your location during a major storm affect your health and how your community recovers? What can government agencies and elected officials learn from previous storms to plan for the future? While many of these questions typically go unanswered in the aftermath of natural disasters, these questions continue to inspire our work.


Our communities were left in complete devastation after Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. As we realized the scope and scale of Harvey’s impact, it became clear that we needed a systematic way to identify and measure the long-term health and housing impacts of the storm. Out of this need, the Texas Flood Registry (previously the Hurricane Harvey Registry) was launched in 2018. The Texas Flood Registry seeks to help communities recover through public health solutions.

Following Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019, our team officially expanded the focus of the Registry to track multiple major storms. As the frequency and strength of these events increases, we continue to focus on recording how major storms affect health in our communities in order to better prepare the region for future weather disasters.

Over 20,000 community members across Texas have joined the Registry by completing surveys on how major storms like Harvey and Imelda impacted their health, homes, and other parts of their lives. By continuing to share their experiences, Texans help fill significant gaps in our understanding of major storms.


The Texas flood registry: a flexible tool for environmental and public health practitioners and researchers

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Summary of findings

Economic and mental health impacts of multiple adverse events: Hurricane Harvey, other flooding events, and the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Texas Flood Registry is a joint venture of Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, Chambers County, Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District, Environmental Defense Fund, Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, Harris County Public Health Department, Houston Health Department, Montgomery County, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Victoria Emergency Management, and Rice University. It is funded by the Environmental Defense Fund, the Cullen Trust for Healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health. Please send any comments or questions to FloodRegistry@rice.edu. — Privacy Policyv1.14