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Study to review hurricane protection ideas

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A new $4 million study will look at two ideas that have beenproposed as ways to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surge thatcould cause billions of dollars in damage and wreak havoc on the largestpetrochemical complex in the country.

Oneidea would be a system of levees and flood gates proposed to run from Galvestonto High Island dubbed the "Ike Dike." The other is a 600- to 800-footwall that would be placed across the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel.

TheHouston Chronicle reports the ideas were developed after Hurricane Ikedevastated the upper Texas coast in 2009.

Aseries of public meetings in late spring will be held to discuss bothproposals.

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