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Energy demand dropped during Hurricane Harvey. Could energy efficiency keep it low?

During a significant portion of my childhood, if you wanted to find me after school you needed to head down to Cypress Creek. Cypress Creek runs through northern Harris County, the third largest county in the US, which includes Houston. I spent countless hours riding my dirt bike and hiking along the creek. Now and then it would flood. Against our parents’ best wishes, my friends and I would head out on our bikes and ride through the flooded streets, careful to avoid the floating clumps of fire ants.

After Hurricane Harvey dumped record rainfalls on the area in late August, Cypress Creek rose to record levels, inundating adjacent neighborhoods and backing up drainage systems in areas well outside of what people thought of as the floodplain. Waterways throughout the region did the same thing.

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