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Rice University
News Release
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Judge Ed Emmett to speak Feb. 21 at SSPEED's Harvey conference at Rice

HOUSTON - Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston "flood czar" Stephen Costello and Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon will join dozens of experts Feb. 21-22 at Rice University to discuss how the Houston region moves forward from 2017's historic Hurricane Harvey flooding.

What: "Urban Flooding and Infrastructure: Moving Forward From Harvey" is sponsored by Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.

Who:  Speakers will include SSPEED's Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn, Harris County Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Bill Wheeler, meteorologists Jeff Linder and Eric Berger, former National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Jerry Cotter and Corragio Maglio and Dutch flooding expert Matthijs Kok.

The complete program and list of speakers are available here.

When:  Feb. 21-22.

Where: Rice University's BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jade Boyd, associate director of news and media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6778.

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