Gulf of Mexico
Edward Rivera

TX - Work continues on critical hurricane recovery projects, builds resiliency

In 2020, three hurricanes – Hanna, Laura and Sally – left many along the Texas Coast holding their breath.

In the tense hours before landfall, residents feared what might come. Each “near miss,” as many called them, brought critical flood and coastal resiliency to the forefront of conversations.

It was the same conversation the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division and their partners have had since before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in 2017. It is a conversation that, after Congress passed the Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, shaped SWD aggressive execution of Hurricane Harvey Supplemental Program.

The $5.2 billion Southwestern Division Supplemental Program consists of 40 projects across four states. It provides coastal and flood risk resiliency by repairing damage from previous hurricanes and building additional flood risk reduction structures.

“The projects within the Hurricane Harvey Supplemental Program are critical to the region,” said Jon Loxley, program manager, Hurricane Harvey Supplemental Program. “With our partners, we are reducing storm risk for generations to come.”

The projects within the Program attack the problem of riverine and coastal resilience from three different approaches: 1) protecting people from the devastating effects of significant storms and enabling them to recover quickly when storms strike, 2) restoration and preservation of environmental features that, along with human-made structures, help protect the coast from storm damage, and 3) repairing and improving critical infrastructure.

“We have team members across the entire region dedicated to not only the projects in the Program but to the communities and resident who will benefit from their completion,” Loxley said.

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