Senate approves construction of ‘Ike Dike,’ which would protect around 70 miles of Texas coast

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The idea of the ‘Ike Dike’ started after Hurricane Ike devasaid parts of the Texas shoreline.

HOUSTON — The Senate on Thursday accredited The enchancment of the ‘Ike Dike,’ Which might principally be a movable barrier That Can be used like a flood gate.

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

“It has been An prolonged Method To return, It is An monumental step,” said Michel Bechtel, president of the Gulf Coast Safety District.

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

The $31 invoiceion Ike Dike Is An factor of the Texas Coastal Enterprise. Huge gates that open And shut Can be constructed alongside a 2.5-mile stretch between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. It’d be The Most very important project ever undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It is A no brainer, it’s one factor that Want to be carried out,” said Bechtel.

RELATED: Ike Dike: Texas coast flooding project pending approval from Congress

It is Simply one An factor of a plan particularly designed To maintain life-threatening surges from the nation’s busiest port in Houston and the continent’s largest petrochemical complicated.

“Think about All of the hurricanes and damage that we’ve heard By way of the years Which have Are out there on the japanese shore of Galveston and Houston,” said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, earlier than the vote. “This will assist mitigate the impacts of future hurricanes and guarantee esdespatchedial port belongings can proceed to serve our nation’s delivery And current chain wants.”

The damage from Hurricane Ike again in 2008 Recognized The need for This Sort of shieldion, therefore the identify ‘Ike Dike.’

A 22-foot storm surge devasaid our coastal communities.

The ‘Ike Dike’ is included Inside the Water Assets Development Act, which handed Inside the Senate by a 93-1 vote. Sen. Mike Braun (R) of Oklahoma was The one no vote, Based mostly on Texas Tribune. The U.S. House handed its mannequin of the legal guidelines in June. It now goes again to The house earlier than being despatched to President Biden. 

Bechtel says The subsequent hurdle is appropriations. 65% of The money will come from the federal authorities. The remaining Shall be As a lot as Texas To Supply you.

“That is the mission, To Supply you the 35% of the project, and we’re Engaged on that,” said Bechtel.

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