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Damage Control

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Jim Blackburn sees opportunity in the increasing anger and frustration of Harris County's flood victims. Earlier this year, the attorney formed a political action committee that he hopes will galvanize residents to demand changes in local flood control and environmental policies. In the wake of Allison, the new movement would seem primed for widespread support. But, he says, that can change.

"I don't think it can be sustained over time if the government keeps sending signals that there's not a problem," Blackburn points out. "And all of the signals I'm seeing is that we did a great job of responding to Allison. 'Allison was a rare event and we'll never see it again. Rest easy, we're in control.' And nothing could be further from the truth."

Next week: Has the City of Houston missed its chance to protect homeowners in the lower White Oak floodplain?

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