Gulf Coast considers $6B Ike Dike
A $6 billion project to build a dike to prevent or reduce storm surge in Harris, Galveston and Chambers counties is under consideration by 28 affected municipalities.
The “Ike Dike” has been proposed by the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District following a study the organization conducted on the $26 billion in damage caused in six counties on the Gulf Coast when Hurricane Ike struck in 2008. The report also urged storm protection plans to be developed for Brazoria, Jefferson and Orange counties.
The report noted the dike project most likely will require federal funding to become a reality. The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, which is comprised of representatives from six coastal counties, has no authority to raise revenue.