It is a popular urban myth that, in Houston's and Harris County's past, flood plains were contained to the channel banks, and that land development has caused all of the area's flooding problems. That is not true. Nature can and will provide more rainfall than the area's channel systems can handle. What we have today is a county that "drains" very well, but still "floods" a lot. Despite the belief early in the last century that man could control nature -- even the Harris County Flood Control District's name implies "control" is the goal -- the fact is that, while reducing risk is possible, eliminating risk is not. What we do is cope with the natural flooding potential in order to enjoy everything else this region has to offer.