Hurricane Ike News

Fire Station in Texas Latest Recovery From Hurricane Ike

Galveston, Texas has a new main fire station as recovery continues since Hurricane Ike swamped parts of the city in 2008. The Galveston County Daily News reports the $9.6 million Fire Station No. 1 was one of the last large …

Researchers Raise Concerns About Texas Coastal Barrier Plan

Rice University researchers are concerned about the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office’s preferred $31 billion proposal to protect the Houston-Galveston region from devastating storm surge. A group of Rice professors plan to raise questions about …

Army Corps, Texas Officials Propose Sweeping Hurricane Protection Plan

Following years of research, studies and public debate, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — in partnership with the state’s General Land Office — has recommended a multi-billion-dollar project that would protect the Houston area and its massive industrial complex …

Galveston Struggling to Rebuild Housing 10 Years After Hurricane Ike

Galveston hasn’t done enough to rebuild public housing that was destroyed by Hurricane Ike a decade ago, public housing advocates say. Fewer than half of the island city’s 569 public housing units have been rebuilt since the 2008 hurricane, The …

Army Corps Preparing its Own Hurricane Protection Plan for Houston

Later this month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will recommend a multi-billion-dollar plan to help protect the Texas coast — the Houston area in particular — from hurricanes. When it will become a reality, however, is anyone’s guess. The …

Houston Eyeing Designer Bonds to Pay for $15B Ike Dike

A massive dike to hold back storm-driven floods surging in from the Gulf of Mexico was first proposed after Hurricane Ike devastated the Houston-area coast a decade ago. Last year’s Hurricane Harvey disaster brought fresh enthusiasm for the languishing project …

Report: Texas Failing to Enforce Flood Insurance Rules

Texas officials are struggling to enforce part of a flood insurance program that aims to elevate or remove severely damaged properties from flood plains, according to a newspaper investigation. The Houston Chronicle analyzed more than 36,000 insurance claims of properties …

Research on Coastal Housing Shows Gaps in Natural Disaster Recovery Policies

A team including an Iowa State University researcher studied Galveston, Texas, homes following Hurricane Ike, finding that the types of housing and homeowners – and how U.S. recovery policy handles each – played a major role in recovery outcomes. Sara …

Idea of Texas Coastal Barrier Resurrected After Harvey

A new study suggests if the Houston area continues to boom for 60 years and sea levels rise, a direct hit to Galveston from a massive hurricane could destroy $31.8 billion worth of homes, the Houston Chronicle reports. Texas A&M …

Coastal Texans Concerned About Rising Sea Levels Amid Hurricane Threats

Lalo Ojeda has lived with hurricanes all his life. The Houston Chronicle reports he was 14 when Hurricane Carla inundated Galveston Island in 1961. He evacuated as Hurricane Rita barreled toward the coast in 2005, then rode out the devastating …