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GALVESTON - Securing $6 billion, mostly in federal money, to build a wall stretching about 75 miles along the Upper Texas Coast to prevent storm surge damage has always seemed unlikely in an age when massive civil engineering projects are becoming rare.

But earlier this month shortly after Hurricane Sandy landed near New York City and the presidential election even optimists were writing obituaries for the so-called Ike Dike.

Bill Merrell, a marine sciences professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, conceived the Ike Dike concept after Hurricane Ike struck in September 2008 with extensive storm surge causing 84 deaths and $37 billion in damage.

Click here to read more at the Galveston County Daily News.

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