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GRCC
Coastal Surge Protection
Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District
News Release
Friday, March 25, 2016

Due to recent flooding in East Texas, the GCCPRD Phase 2 Public Meeting in Orange has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2016. The remaining meetings will remain as scheduled, and we encourage you to join us.

Please join us for a public meeting to review the findings of Phase 2 of the Storm Surge Suppression Study.

The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) will host a series of public meetings in March 2016 to encourage public participation and feedback in the Storm Surge Suppression Study.

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

Public feedback and participation has been and will be encouraged throughout the duration of the study. A series of public meetings will be held on the following dates:

 

Tuesday,
March 22, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
League City
Civic Center
400 West Walker St.
League City, TX 77573

 

 

Thursday,
March 24, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Jackson
Civic Center
333 Highway 332 East
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

 

RESCHEDULED!
Thursday,
April 14, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Orange County Convention
& Expo Center 11475 Highway 1442
Orange, TX 77630
 

Thursday, 
March 31, 2016
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Galveston County
Commissioners Courtroom
722 Moody Avenue,
Galveston, TX 77550

The findings of Phase 2 of the study were presented at the February 23, 2016 GCCPRD board meeting, and the Phase 2 Report is available online. A large-scale public meeting is being held in each region of the study area. During each meeting, alternatives will be presented and the public is invited to participate and provide feedback to further screen and select preferred alternatives. The team is not making a recommendation for a preferred alternative at this time. Based on feedback received during Phase 2, the team will recommend a single conceptual alternative for each study region in the final phase of the study in June 2016.

The materials and format will be the same at all four meetings. Informational displays will be available for viewing, and GCCPRD representatives will provide information and answer questions. No formal presentation will be made. Materials will be available in English and Spanish.

If hearing impaired or language translation services are needed, please contact the GCCPRD consulting team at 713-868-1043 or at info@gccprd.com by March 15, 2016. GCCPRD representatives will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.

Comments will be accepted at the public meetings and throughout the duration of the study. All comments regarding Phase 2 study findings should be submitted or postmarked by April 15, 2016 to be considered in Phase 3 of the study. Written comments may be mailed to the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District in care of Col. Christopher Sallese at 3100 West Alabama St., Houston, Texas 77098 or emailed to info@gccprd.com.




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Remembering Jim Guidry BAHEP


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