The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District and the Velasco Drainage District are co-hosting public information sessions Wednesday and Thursday, September 22-23, 2021 to provide an update on the Freeport Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Project.
The Freeport CSRM is a component of the larger Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay CSRM Project.
According to the Corps, the public information sessions will include an introduction and overview of the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Project, and specifically, the Freeport and Vicinity CSRM Project.
The Freeport and Vicinity CSRM Project is one of three projects included in the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay CSRM Program. USACE and the Velasco Drainage District are working together to improve the existing Hurricane Flood Protection Project (HFPP) that was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962 and protects the area from coastal storm surge events from the Gulf of Mexico.
The project includes approximately 18 miles of levee raises; replacing I-Walls with T-Walls or constructing new T-Walls along approximately 5.5 miles of floodwall; several closure gates; and a new 74-foot navigable gate at Dow Barge Canal to reduce storm surge penetration in that area.
This project is currently in the pre-construction engineering and design (PED) phase and construction is not expected to begin until 2022.