Hurricane Protection Texas Coast

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Protection For Texas Coast

October 27, 2018 - 9:36 am

State and federal officials are recommending a plan to protect the Texas coast from hurricanes - particularly the Houston area - with a barrier system made up of floodwalls, floodgates and seawall improvements. The proposal, which could cost up to 31-billion dollars, focuses on preventing storm surge from entering Galveston Bay, which leads into the Houston Ship Channel. The proposal is part of a draft report. It could take more than 20 years to complete if approved by Congress. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said the proposal is about "protecting our people, our economy and our national security." The plan incorporates ideas previously developed in the wake of 2008's Hurricane Ike, which caused nearly 30-billion dollars in damage.