Texas City Hurricane Flood Protection Levee is located in Galveston County, Texas about 30 miles southeast of Houston and 9 miles northwest of Galveston. The existing Hurricane-Flood Protection system protects 36 square miles of the greater Texas City - La Marque –Hitchcock area from a 15-foot, National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) hurricane storm surge with accompanying waves. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of July 3, 1958, Public Law 85-500, substantially in accordance with recommendations of the Chief of Engineers in the House Document No. 347, 85th Congress, 2nd Session. Construction began in 1962 and was completed in April 1987.
Levee systems are part of our nation’s landscape and important to communities because of the benefits they provide. For example, more than ten million people live or work behind levees in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Levee Safety Program. And, public and private property worth more than one trillion dollars are behind these levees.