"We assigned no particular meaning to it in the first place. But as time wound on, it became very meaningful," Mr. Harvey says. "After we moved into the desert [in 1991], a number of traditions and rituals grew up. ... I've been saying from the beginning that it is a spiritual event. ... I have found that everyone has a sense of the sacred, even if at first they deny it."
One of his takeaways is ensuring that there is more fiber optic cable in the ground, noting that one of the lessons from the catastrophic flooding that Harvey brought to Houston is that fiber optic cables are impervious to water and have a greater capacity to handle surges in 911 calls, he told The Associated Press.