Coastal barrier will hurt local towns

In an editorial this week, you praised the idea of the proposed dike to protect Galveston Bay. I am fearful of this plan.

If you look at the plans, the dike will end around the Galveston County border. When a strong burst of water hits this barrier, it will have to go somewhere. My guess is it will go to the ends of the barrier with a big rush. What will happen? It will inundate the areas not protected by the barrier — namely Surfside and Freeport.

Freeport and Quintana are somewhat protected by levees, but will that be enough protection from a strong rush of water? And Surfside has no levees — only dunes that get washed out from every major hurricane. A rush of water from the end of this barrier will totally destroy a majority of the island.

I do hope this will be considered and the plan modified to protect this vulnerable part of our coast.

Georgia Pavey, Surfside Beach

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