Attempt To Protect Houston From The Next Big Hurricane

Upper Galveston Bay. Photo source: ©© U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


To protect Houston and Galveston from future hurricanes, a Rice University-led team of experts recommends building a floodgate across the Houston Ship Channel adding new levees to protect densely populated areas on Galveston Island and the developed west side of Galveston Bay…

The team also recommends creating a 130-mile-long coastal recreation area to sustainably use wetlands that act as a natural flood barrier…

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Hurricane Ike came ashore in Texas at 2:10 a.m. CDT, Sept. 13, 2008, and brought a wall of water over 20 feet high, sweeping through Galveston Island, and on the mainland. The storm made landfall with sustained winds near 110 mph, just 1 mph short of a Category 3 hurricane. Ike’s storm surge denuded the inundated areas leaving almost no ground vegetation behind. Caption and Photo source: NASA

Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters, SSPEED Center Phase I Report,”Learning the Lessons of Hurricane Ike: Preparing for the Next Big One”