Galveston drainage problems can be solved.

The water from city streets drains into pipes that empty into the bay or Gulf. A holding tank at the end of each pipe to collect this water, and when three-fourths full, can be pumped out with high pressure pumps. The pumps would shoot the water 20 feet into the air at a 45 degree angle into the bay or Gulf. That should be well above high tides.

Floats and cut-off valves in tanks will control the pumps. A skimmer in tanks to remove trash before it is pumped out can empty automatically into trash container, which can be removed by trucks emptied and another replaced.

A generator for electricity should also be installed at each site to automatically come on. Sites can be covered by steel buildings and/or concrete building to withstand hurricanes. Engineers will have to figure size of tanks for each site, safety around areas, and gallons per minute for pumps, etc.

Federal Emergency Management Agency monies could be used to cover costs.

Joseph M. Garcia



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(7) comments

Don Schlessinger

+ A train load of money.

George Croix

If FEMA, that's funded by us, by the way, should be placed on the hook for Galveston rainwater flooding problems, why not Santa Fe? Or Dallas?
Or Denver, CO?
I don't think that 'federal government money' will last long if it's spent for projects that only benefit each individual city.....all of them, to be fair to each.....

Gary Miller

If it would work it might be cheaper to buy out the city and evacuate the island. Lets hope no agency ever thinks this is a good idea.

David Schuler

This is the "New Orleans' solution and it works often. Downtown Galveston is about 300 acres and calculates show that 5" of rain on 300 acres is about 42 million gallons of water. If we end up with a ring levee then pumps will have to be installed.

George Croix

The Texas City Levee pump stations each pump, what, about 140-150,000 gpm, if older and worse memory serves? So one of those stations would pump that 42 MM gallons out in about 4 1/2 hours, if pumping at full capacity, and if rain stopped falling.
It's certainly doable, but one question to be asked is why should federal taxpayers via the US Army Corps of Engineers be on the hook for an island city's high tide associated rainwater drainage problem?
The New Orleans levee/pump system was created, I believe, to protect that city, among many others, from Mississippi River flooding, the river itself one of the nation's most important waterways, with many flood control/mitigation projects funded by Our Uncle and managed/constructed by the Corps.
If Downtown Galveston and the east End can convince the feds that a heavy rain during high tide is worthy of such an investment, more power to them....Galveston has a long history of filling many hands out with government money.
Good luck with that. Go for it......

Mike Box

The Strand is several feet above sea level and it's only 100 yards to the harbor. I'm sure I'm missing something but it sure seems like a couple of well-placed concrete lined ditches would drain the water, even when the storm drain outlets are under water (which sort of seems like poor engineering in the first place).

George Croix

Subsidence for many years.

Now, it would be called 'sea level rise', to fit that ongoing narrative and agenda....

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