Freestanding emergency department visits and disasters: The case of Hurricane Harvey

Published:January 04, 2018DOI:
      On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport, Texas as a Category 3 hurricane. Shortly after its second landfall in Holiday Beach, Texas, winds weakened as did the speed of the hurricane. Over the next two days, the stalled hurricane dropped >24.5 trillion gallons and >50 in. of rain, causing widespread flooding, flooding >200 k homes, and causing $180 billion in damage. Particularly affected was the city of Houston and its 6.6 million inhabitants, where nearly 1/3 of the city was underwater on September 1 [
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