Texas Coast Hurricane Study, Feasibility Report - Volume I, Main Report




U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


The purpose of the Texas Coast Hurricane Study has been to investigate the feasibility of reducing hurricane flood damages to long reaches of the Texas coast. The Texas coast has 4,320 square miles of land area subject to hurricane flooding and within this area, approximately 750,000 people live and work and there is property valued in excess of $5-1/2 billion. For study purposes, the Texas coast has been divided into five study segments, each generally centered around a major bay system. The study areas are Sabine Lake, Galveston Bay, Matagorda Bay, Corpus Christi Bay, and the Lagune Madre. Comprehensive structural plans encompassing essentially an entire study area have been evaluated for the Galveston, Matagorda, and Corpus Christi Bay study segments. Localized plans were evaluated where there were population concentrations in each of the study areas. There were several comprehensive and localized structural plans which were not supported by a local sponsporing agency or the local citizenry. The major factors for lack of sponsorship or local support were the high non-Federal cost, objections to design, and potential environmental damages. This report presents the plans investigated and the results of the evaluation analyses. The report does not recommend implementation of any of the structural plans evaluated. The Texas Coast Hurricane Study has directly contributed to the advancement of the state-of-the-art in computing hurricane surges both along the coast and in the bays. These studies will serve as a framework for potential future projects should sufficient local interest be demonstrated.


176 pages


hurricanes, meteorology, flooding, flood control, tropical depressions, disasters