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Ted Gillis

If we get a Rita or a Katrina striking south of San Luis Pass in the near future, there will be little reason to continue with this effort, as there won't be much left standing on the west end or inland to protect. A 25' surge will put salt water past highway 6 in Santa Fe, and standing water in homes east of I 45 up past Baytown. A 25' surge will top the Seawall by several feet and top the Texas City barrier too.

I'm all for fairness and I do have environmental concerns for what these protective structures would create, but this is a plan that we need to implement now.

One more hurricane like Ike or Harvey will cause me to pack up and leave for good.

Gary Miller

Building codes requiring raising anything needing protection from storm surges may be the most cost effective. Raising the Galveston "break water" from 17 ft. to 21 ft would protect properties directly behind it but little else. The 23 ft. TC/LM storm levee has done a good job so far but was almost topped by a Cat 3 storm. With no way to remove water If topped it would worse than no levee.

George Laiacona

Let us face reality, until a storm comes along that will cripple the Oil Companies investments in Galveston and the surrounding counties, any plan will not convince government officials that funding will be made available to project Galveston Island and surrounding areas. Some how we have to get the people with the money to get on board in order fee to finance this project or any other proposal. Dr Merral is right and needs help convincing the Oil people of the advantages of coastal protection.

Gary Scoggin

Any smart operator is making the assessment of future flooding risk when deciding on investments in coastal areas. I agree that until a better flood mitigation plan is built, these companies are not going to rely on it in their analysis.

Moreover, rising sea levels and stronger storms linked to climate change only makes this issue more acute.

Ted Gillis

I agree Gary. Building slab on grade stuctures around these parts is probably going to be a thing of the past, and something insurances companies will inevitably frown upon.

Stephanie Martin

Not sold on it.

Jarvis Buckley

While some type of protection is needed from Freeport to Orange 🍊 Texas to guard our waters from possible pollutants from the the chemical chemical Plant located along our coastal water ways a one size fits all project is likely to be nicked by political resistance. Land owners along the coast property values will tumble in my opinion causing the to scream to their political representatives to vote no on this proposal. Just my thoughts.

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