Living in Houston comes with 'the hidden tax' of trauma from disasters
"In a city that boasts of its low cost of living, it’s time we acknowledge the true toll of Houston’s incessant stream of unfortunate and deadly events," writes the Houston Chronicle's Raj Mankad. "Over the past decade, Houston has been through three years of severe drought. Followed by five years with at least one flood worthy of the increasingly outdated '100-year' or '500 year' distinction. And then five major chemical explosions in 2019. Then the COVID pandemic, which at times rendered our region among the worst hot spots in the world."
Then came the fatal failure of the power grid, accompanied by freezing temperatures and burst water pipes in underinsulated homes, many still exposed to the elements after Harvey's devastation. The failure, Mankad writes, leaves many Houstonians across the city wondering to themselves: "And now this?"
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