In September 1900, a Category 4 hurricane ravaged Galveston, Texas, killing more than 6,000 people and damaging nearly all of the city’s structures.

In the aftermath of the storm, city officials inspected the wreckage, and did the only thing they could to move forward: rebuild. But with a new perspective after tragedy, city engineers took it upon themselves to make sure the city didn’t face the same fate ever again, building a seawall that surrounded the town—and literally lifting the community’s elevation by 16 feet.

We’ve seen these engineering feats play out recently in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the storm that took nearly 70 lives in Houston, Hurricane Harvey.

From bendable concrete that protects against hurricane-force winds to protection pumps that can control the impact of flooding, engineers have developed new and unique technologies to meet the needs of several communities. With engineering jobs being some of the fastest growing in 2018, and the knowledge that these natural disasters will not stop, there is significant potential for not only civil engineers, but all engineers, to innovate even more in the coming years.