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Ike Dike

Posted by anascrecca on 5/5/2017, 3:30 pm

Texas A&M - Galveston is leading an ongoing storm surge barrier mitigation project (the Ike Dike) on the upper Texas coast modelled on the way the Dutch deal with similar threats from the North Sea. Their website (be forewarned, the painfully hokey 1:15 intro of the video should be skipped) is here:

http://www.tamug.edu/ikedike/

The interim design reports dated 2015 (see Reports) present a staggering amount of analysis, design details and cost estimates ($3.6 billion and up) for this massive project. The main objective of the barrier is to help protect lives and cities as well as the strategically important infrastructure (shipping, refining/petrochemical facilities, etc.) in the Houston-Galveston area. It is difficult tell exactly where the project stands currently, or when/if it will be completed. Like most projects of this flavor, it appears to have garnered the full emotional spectrum of support and opposition: catastrophe if it is not built, catastrophe if it is. Alas, it might turn out to be one of those all-too-common coulda, woulda, shoulda (but didn't!) missed opportunities that many may later regret.

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