My hometown is located along an estuary of the Gulf Coast of Texas, where my family has sustained heavy storm damages from Hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Harvey. For much of my high school tenure, we were displaced from our home and educational buildings, thereby utilizing temporary shelters while the community was re-built. Despite repeated flood events, the hydrological models for my small hometown were derived in the early 1980s and have yet to be updated. I decided to become a hydrologist to become part of the global solution.
(Photo of my hometown following Hurricane Ike. We experienced a ~20′ storm surge. Credit: REUTERS/David J. Phillip, Pool.)