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State Rep. Deshotel studying coastal barrier plan

 

BEAUMONT - from State Rep. Joe Deshotel

 

In April, Deshotel was appointed as Co-Chair of a joint interim committee to study the coastal barrier system, take expert and public testimony, and explore solutions to protect Texas from the destructive force of another storm surge like that of Hurricane Ike, or worse./

 

After attended a fact finding mission in Galveston on Wednesday, Deshotel urged the the proponents of competing proposals to come up with a comprehensive plan that had the broadest consensus in order that the Texas Legislature and others can begin the arduous task of securing the necessary federal funding to bring the project to fruition.

 

“The Perryman Report estimates that a “Katrina-like” storm would cause aggregate losses to the Texas economy of $73 billion in gross product, $61.3 billion in income and 863,000 jobs.” -- Texas A&M at Galveston

 

Rep. Deshotel released the following statement:

 

Our bipartisan committee has concluded that Texas’ coast is is too vulnerable and important for the legislature not to act to protect its residents and the state’s economy from another storm surge like the one we experienced during Hurricane Ike 6 years ago. I will continue however to advocate that any proposal include the upper Texas coast to the Sabine River.

The committee is comprised of members from across Texas who understand the value that the coast provides to our greater state economy. It is estimated that the impact of Hurricane Ike has been over
$30 billion, and given that Texas experiences a major storm at least once every 15 years, lawmakers know that inaction could cost the state even more in future.

 



 

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