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Old 07-06-2018, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Feds OK $4B to boost coastal levees amid questions about regionís preparedness
By Zach Despart and Nick Powell July 5, 2018 Updated: July 6, 2018 12:22pm


Even as residents await a long-discussed plan to create a 60-mile barrier, known as the ďIke ****,Ē to protect Texasí Gulf Coast from major hurricanes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday it would provide nearly $4 billion toward part of the larger barrier system.

The biggest item by far is $3.9 billion for the Sabine Pass-to-Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management and Ecosystem Restoration, a series of upgrades and improvements to 30 miles of existing coastal levees in Port Arthur and Freeport, and the construction of nearly 27 miles of coastal levees in southern Orange County.

"The [Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay] study is done, the money that we're gonna get from the [federal] Bipartisan Budget Act, that will allow us to go into the design phase and then go into construction," said Sharon Tirpak, deputy chief of project management for the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay project has a long history, initially conceived in 2004 as a way to shore up aging levee systems along the coastline. The Army Corps of Engineers was in the midst of studying the project when Hurricane Ike hit in 2008, devastating parts of the Texas coast and halting the study indefinitely.

The Texas General Land Office signed on to sponsor a new study of the project in 2013, and by the end of 2017 the Corps had narrowed the scope of the project to Freeport, Port Arthur, and Orange County.


U.S. Rep. John Culberson hailed the allocation as ďan important step in developing a comprehensive coastal spine to protect the Texas coast," but Tirpak made clear to draw a distinction between the levee project and the long-awaited "Ike ****" study.

"If you look at the entire Texas coast, that's a portion of the coast that we have answered the questions on, 'How do you protect that upper southeast Texas coast?'" Tirpak said. "So, if you look at it comprehensively, that's taking care of that portion, but it does not include what everyone considers the coastal spine or the Ike **** solution."
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Old 07-06-2018, 03:44 PM
Status: "waite untill next year. It was fun while it lasted !" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Beautiful Northwest Houston
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So the first money to protect the coast goes to protecting Port Arthur and Freeport and leaves Galveston Bay as is ? Call me when something is "shovel ready" ok ?
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Old 07-07-2018, 09:52 PM
 
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Sounds to me like a waste of money just to protect rich peopleís beach house
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:33 PM
Status: "waite untill next year. It was fun while it lasted !" (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: Beautiful Northwest Houston
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Sounds to me like a waste of money just to protect rich peopleís beach house

No I think they're protecting industrial assets like LNG and Petro-chemical complexes. Protecting Galveston and Clear Lake would be protecting rich peoples beach houses, which is ok by me BTW..
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:20 PM
 
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This does nothing for the inland flooding issue from storms tropical and non-tropical alike, and will irreversibly change the ecology of Galveston Bay.
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