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1 Texas and Hurricane Ike The challenges mother nature presents to DOT’s Charlotte Kucera TxDOT Environmental Affairs Division

2 Some facts about Texas Population 20,851, counties 94% of Texas land is privately held - 2.5% Federal - 3% State - 0.5% Local

3 N. California Forest Service Land

4 Texas Public Lands

5 Some facts about TxDOT 80,000 centerline miles ~41,000 Farm or Ranch to Market miles 1.1 million acres of ROW Almost 50, 000 bridges 30 international bridges 665 picnic areas 100 rest areas

6 TxDOT and Resource Agencies 25 TxDOT Districts 5 Coastal Districts Four USACE offices Four USFWS offices One NMFS habitat office Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas General Land Office

7 TxDOT Districts

8 Hurricane Ike

9 Ike Facts Ike made U.S. landfall at Galveston, Texas, on September 13 at 2:10am CDT Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph The 2:00 am National Hurricane Center advisory cited tropical storm and hurricane force winds extending 275 miles and 120 miles, respectively, from the center. Storm surge projected at Category 4 height

10 Hurricane Ike shortly before landfall, September 13, 1:07am Houston/Galveston Radar

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12 Green line is Hurricane Ike track

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17 IH 45 Galveston Causeway, Galveston, TX

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19 SH 87 Bridge at Rollover Pass, Gilchrist, TX

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21 Barge on SH 73, Port Arthur, TX

22 SH 146 Kemah to Seabrook, TX

23 TxDOT Primary Response

24 TxDOT Secondary Response Nov. 20 th, 2008 Texas Governor Perry directs TxDOT to assist in debris recovery TxDOT continues to assist hardest hit areas with maintenance forces TxDOT secures 3 contracts for emergency debris removal services 3 oversight contractors secured through emergency purchase order

25 FEMA Green Book Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Environmental Considerations and Contacts FEMA-1791-DR-TX FEMA-3294-EM-TX

26 EPA Container Recovery Plan Hurricane Ike Response Guidance Plan for the Recovery of ESF-10 Containers in the Coastal Marshes of the State of Texas Unified Command - USEPA-USCG-TGLO-TCEQ Coordinated with the USACE, USFWS, NMFS, TPWD, etc.

27 TxDOT Debris Removal Plan Based on both the Green Book and the EPA Plan Calls for site specific scoping and coordination of debris removal activities Pairs environmental specialists with contractor representatives Permits are secured by other Texas state agencies for work done on public land Permits are secured by TxDOT or a County for work done on private land

28 Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, TX

29 SH 124, Beaumont, TX Hurricane Ike Aftermath Charlotte Kucera TxDOT Environmental Affairs Division


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