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Report: Levees would be less expensive, more cost effective than coastal barrier - The Galveston County Daily News: News

September 29, 2016

Galveston County Report: Levees would be less expensive, more cost effective than coastal barrier

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 11:30 pm

Extending levees on the mainland and building a ring around the east end of Galveston Island would cost less and have greater economic benefit than a proposed 55-mile coastal spine, according to a new report from a six-county group created to study hurricane protection options for the Texas coast.

A new report from The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District estimates 62.6 miles of levees north and west of the existing Texas City Dike and a ring levee around Galveston would cost $3.5 billion to construct and $193 million a year to operate and maintain, for 50 years.

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