The near miss by Hurricane Laura last month has Texas officials and experts again pushing for the construction of a long discussed coastal barrier system to protect against storm surge. (Sept. 21)
BILL MERRELL: 12 years ago, you know, we had-- we had Hurricane Ike here. And we were watching-- the water came up to about 12 foot in the building, to give you an idea of how high it was. We were on the second floor. I looked out and, interestingly, told my wife that the Dutch would have never put up with this.
That would be full of gates that both would provide ship traffic, by swinging open, and environmental access for the waters of the Gulf to mix with the bay.
DAVE MARTIN: You look at 60% of the jet fuel for the United States is in this area. 40% of the car fuel, of the gasoline, is in this area. So you can imagine 20-foot surge entering Galveston bay into some of those holding tanks and what could have happened. So instead of talking, we need to become reactive.