Orange County Project Virtual Public Info Session Scheduled

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District and its partner the Gulf Coast Protection District (GCPD) will be hosting a virtual public information session for the Orange County Project.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, CST.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) primary mission on the Orange County Project is to provide coastal storm surge protection and flood damage risk reduction for the residents and businesses within coastal hazard zones in Orange County.

The public information session will include an overview of the Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay (S2G) Program and the Orange County Project as well as information about the project’s status and next steps. A question-and-answer session with the project delivery team will immediately follow the project status update.

This project will help Orange County be more resilient to future storm and flood events. While the new levee system will help reduce the risk of coastal surge flooding to its design elevation, no levee fully eliminates flood risk.

The main features authorized for the Orange County Project include:

  • Approximately 15 miles of new earthen levees
  • Approximately 10 miles of new concrete floodwalls
  • Approximately 50 gravity drainage structures and multiple new pump stations, providing interior drainage for areas behind the levee/floodwall
  • Approximately 30 closure structures located at road and railroad crossings
  • Two navigable sector gates, with adjacent vertical lift gates, at Adams and Cow Bayous
  • Restoration of approximately 450 acres of coastal marsh and 560 acres of forested wetlands, as mitigation for the project’s unavoidable environmental impacts

The public information session can be accessed via the project website found here.

An interactive map concerning the Orange County Project may be found here.

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