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Coastal Surge Protection
Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District
News Release
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) will present the Phase 2 findings of the Storm Surge Suppression Study. Please join us to review the findings of Phase 2 of the study and to learn more about the upcoming public meetings.

Following three major hurricanes, the last of which (Hurricane Ike) was the most expensive in Texas' history, Governor Perry issued an Executive Order creating the Governor's Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal. One of the Commission's recommendations was to conduct a study to determine how coastal communities can reduce the damage impact of future storms. In conjunction with that recommendation, Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson and Orange Counties formed the GCCPRD as a local government corporation. The GCCPRD is now leading the Storm Surge Suppression Study, a technical, scientific-based effort to investigate opportunities to alleviate the vulnerability of the upper Texas coast to storm surge and flooding. The study is funded by the Texas General Land Office through a $3.9 million federal Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant that was awarded in September 2013. This effort is an opportunity for the GCCPRD to assume a leadership role and work collaboratively with federal, state, local, and public and private institutions to develop a plan that meets the needs of the region and the nation.

On February 27, 2015, the GCCPRD concluded Phase 1 of the Storm Surge Suppression Study, which included a series of public meetings in December 2014. Now, as the study team concludes the major technical study that defines Phase 2, the public's continued participation is encouraged. Phase 2 of the study includes storm surge modeling, alternatives development, and a thorough assessment of mitigation options for the entire region. During Phase 3, the GCCPRD will use these findings to recommend a cost-effective and efficient system of flood damage reduction and storm surge suppression measures to help protect the six-county region.

Phase 2 study findings will be presented for the first time at the GCCPRD board meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Jefferson County Commissioners Court. Interested members of the public are invited to attend this board meeting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Jefferson County Courthouse,

Jury Impaneling Room

1001 Pearl St.

If you are unable to attend this board meeting, Phase 2 study findings will be presented at three consecutive public meetings in each region of the study area. The dates and locations of the public meetings will be approved and announced at the board meeting. The Phase 2 study report will also be made available to the public at

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