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Ike Dike construction one step closer to becoming reality

The idea of the ‘Ike Dike’ started after Hurricane Ike devastated elements of the Texas shoreline.

HOUSTON — The Senate on Thursday authorized the construction of the ‘Ike Dike,’ which might principally be a movable barrier that may very well be used like a flood gate.

It was a 92-2 bipartisan vote in favor of the Water Resources Development Act.

“It’s been a long way to come, it’s a big step,” stated Michel Bechtel, president of the Gulf Coast Protection District.

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R) and Ted Cruz (R), in addition to Congressman Randy Weber (R) launched a standalone invoice that might shield roughly 70 miles of the Texas coast from storm surge.   

The $31 billion Ike Dike is part of the Texas Coastal Project. Massive gates that open and shut can be constructed alongside a 2.5-mile stretch between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. It can be the biggest project ever undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It’s a no-brainer, it’s something that needs to be done,” stated Bechtel.

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It’s simply one a part of a plan particularly designed to hold life-threatening surges from the nation’s busiest port in Houston and the continent’s largest petrochemical complicated.

“Think of all the hurricanes and damage that we’ve heard over the years that have come in on the eastern shore of Galveston and Houston,” stated U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, earlier than the vote. “This will help mitigate the impacts of future hurricanes and ensure critical port assets can continue to serve our country’s shipping and supply chain needs.”

The injury from Hurricane Ike again in 2008 identified the necessity for this sort of safety, therefore the identify ‘Ike Dike.’

A 22-foot storm surge devastated our coastal communities.

The ‘Ike Dike’ is included within the Water Resources Development Act, which handed within the Senate by a 93-1 vote. Sen. Mike Braun (R) of Oklahoma was the one no vote, according to Texas Tribune. The U.S. House handed its model of the laws in June. It now goes again to the House earlier than being despatched to President Biden. 

Bechtel says the following hurdle is appropriations. 65% of the money will come from the federal authorities. The relaxation shall be up to Texas to provide you with.

“That’s the mission, to come up with the 35% of the project, and we’re working on that,” stated Bechtel.

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