HOUSTON Any hope of building a large, protective dike to protect the Texas coast during storm surges may have died with the landfall of Hurricane Sandy last week.

The Ike Dike was developed by Galveston oceanographer William Merrell four years ago.

The $6 billion sea barrier would protect Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula, and Galveston Bay from devastating storm surges.

Now there s talk federal money for the dike will go to New York to build a similar barrier.

That seems likely to me, said Bill King in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, a member of the now-inactive Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District established by the state to study large surge protection projects around Houston.

King told the Chronicle if the country finally does start to build a sea barrier, the Houston area would most likely no longer be at the top of the waiting list.


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