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Google updated flood maps since Harvey

 

This neighborhood adjacent the Addicks Reservoir remained flooded, even after the clouds from Harvey cleared, allowing Google Maps to capture them at their most trying moment. Ironically, the business name, “Waters Edge” appears. (Photo: Google Maps)

 

HOUSTON – Google maps has updated flood maps since Harvey. If you are on your smartphone you can now browse neighborhoods to see who got flooded and who stayed flooded. Some Houstonians continue to be wet, even today. Some face months-to-years long recovery after Harvey.  Prospective buyers who see these maps may run the other way rather than risk it. Demand could become lower in these areas leading motivated sellers to reduce their prices in the short term

 

This neighborhood in the Memorial area remained flooded, even after the clouds from Harvey cleared, allowing Google Maps to capture them at their lowest point.

People have short memories, I speculate that in 6 months to a year prices will return to pre-Harvey prices, especially if they have only flooded once.  How do you check your neighborhood? Just open the Google Maps app on your phone and enable the satellite layer. (As of this today the ‘desktop' version has not updated and still shows the dry, pre-flood view.)

This Meyerland street joins hundreds of roadways lined with trash heaps, some ten feet tall. The flooding forced residents to gut their homes. It took the city weeks to remove many of these piles and some are still waiting. (Photo: Google Maps)

-Shotgun

Courtesy of Brooks Garner, KHOU

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