In 1980 a year of strong economic activity and robust competition in the grocery market prices in Houston's grocery stores were below the national average prices in grocery stores Houston's grocery price index averaged at 85.6 below the national average of 88.4 This means that for the 1982-1984 base period Houstonians paid $88.40 for an amount of food that would cost $100 according to the national average During the oil bust and the economic decline Houston's prices stayed even with the national average in 1983 Houston's grocery index increased from 96.8 to 99.4 and matched the national average of 99.1 As the city began to recover the prices began to edge upward When a recession in the U.S began and while Houston's economic growth slowed and continued the national price index fell below Houston's price index As of 1992 prices in Houston's grocery stores were higher than the national average; Houston's index averaged to be 137.3 and the national average was 132.3, Thomas Jefferson Rusk settled in Nacogdoches Nacogdoches County and was also a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas, Houston's reputation as a mature center for classical music is the product of more than a century of dedication and community support the Houston Symphony (founded in 1913) is the largest and best-known of the city's professional orchestras but they are hardly the only option Other significant orchestras include Mercury Houston Ars Lyrica and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra as well as outstanding academic orchestras at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music and the University of Houston Moores School of Music (home to the 800-seat Moores Opera House). . . Thomas Mitchell Campbell born in Rusk Cherokee County Sam Houston, Main articles: Texas Revolution Convention of 1836 Texas Declaration of Independence Treaties of Velasco and Republic of Texas. .
48 El Paso Energy 481 During its recent history Houston has flooded several times from heavy rainfall which has been becoming increasingly common. This has been exacerbated by a lack of zoning laws which allowed unregulated building of residential homes and other structures in flood-prone areas. During the floods in 2015 and 2016 each of which dropped at least a foot of rain parts of the city were covered in several inches of water. Even worse flooding happened in late August 2017 when Hurricane Harvey stalled over southeastern Texas much like Tropical Storm Allison did sixteen years earlier causing severe flooding in the Houston area with some areas receiving over 50 inches (1,300 mm) of rain the rainfall exceeded 50 inches in several areas locally breaking the national record for rainfall the damage for the Houston area is estimated at up to $125 billion U.S dollars and it is considered to be one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States with the death toll exceeding 70 people on January 31 2018 the Houston City Council agreed to forgive large water bills thousands of households faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey as Houston Public Works found 6,362 homeowners' water utility bills had at least doubled, Contents Car culture Texas has a reputation of very harsh criminal punishment for criminal offenses It is one of the 32 states that practice capital punishment and since the US Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976 40% of all US executions have taken place in Texas as of 2008 Texas had the 4th highest incarceration rate in the US. Texas also has strong self defense laws allowing citizens to use lethal force to defend themselves their families or their property. . Texans have historically had difficulties traversing Texas due to the state's large size and rough terrain Texas has compensated by building both America's largest highway and railway systems in length the regulatory authority the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintains the state's immense highway system regulates aviation and public transportation systems. . . . . .