At the time Alicia struck, no tropical cyclone had made landfall on the mainland U.S. in more than three years, the longest hurricane-free stretch in recorded history. The storm inflicted more than $3 billion worth of damage – making it one of the costliest hurricanes to date in U.S. history. The lessons Houston learned from the cleanup and recovery process helped improve its response to later storms.
Joanne Adams, former assistant for former Houston Mayor
Neil Frank, formerly with KHOU-TV
Clarence West, father died in Hurricane Carla, and was attorney serving on Mayor Whitmire’s staff