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December 9, 2016

Scaled-down Ike Dike could help several coastal communities

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  • DeeDee2Die4 posted at 9:49 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    DeeDee2Die4 Posts: 22

    Let's have all the people pay to protect international corporations ...

  • DonnieB posted at 2:05 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    DonnieB Posts: 153

    Excellent idea! This could actually be paid for by some of the major projects it will protect. Galveston is building a mega-port on Pelican Island, and so is Texas City. I recall reading about a $2 billion proposal for a rail line coming from the Texas City industrial area, crossing the proposed Texas City mega-port next to the Texas City dike, and going to the proposed Galveston mega-port on Pelican Island. If the county, or state, could split the cost with them and the proposed Galveston East-end housing development, this is a no-brainer. Any studies that would need to be completed should be short and sweet, and there should be no right-of-way issues. This is a win-win for everyone. Everyone will save money, from the industries that need the rail lines, surge protection for Galvestion County, and the need for another evacuation route for Galveston and Bolivar. Go for it!

  • IHOG posted at 2:12 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    I fail to see how a 17 ft. IKE DIKE could benifit Texas City or LaMarque which already have a 23 Ft storm levee.
    It was announced after IKE plans were being considered to raise the TC-LM levee to 29 ft. because IKE came within a few ft. of topping it's 23 ft. elivation.
    How can anyone think a 17 Ft. IKE DIKE can protect from anything bigger than a Cat 1 hurricane.
    23 FT. would seem to the minimum for a Cat 2 (IKE) or Cat 3 (KATRINA) storm.
    Furthermore what protection for anything would a bridge across the Bolivar Rhodes provide?

  • IHOG posted at 2:14 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    IHOG Posts: 2486


    Protecting international corporations is protecting the peoples jobs.

  • Jake Buckner posted at 11:06 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Jake Buckner Posts: 2240

    IHOG, I think the Bolivar bridge might be to provide another reliable evac route.

    As for the height the dike would need to be, I'm unqualified to comment. I'm sure this would be studied in more depth before committing to construction. But my main comment is hooray that someone is thinking about a plan to compete with the Ike Dike which may be too expensive, yet would provide more protection than doing nothing.

    I would love to see an impartial cost-benefit evaluation of 5 plans, ranging from doing nothing (on the low end) to building the full-up Ike Dike (on the high end).

  • 1960BOI posted at 3:50 pm on Tue, Dec 11, 2012.

    1960BOI Posts: 224

    Wow. And after the 1900 storm, they got together and built the dam seawall. I bet there wasn't a bunch of bickering and moaning from anybody. Oh wait, that's because they were all dead or drowned or never found again...
    Stop whining and build it. Your grandkids will be amazed at your intelligence and vision about their future safety, just like our ancestors were concerned with ours.