To Combat Rising Seas, Why Not Raise Up the Town?
When the Great Storm of 1900 battered Galveston, Texas, the town simply lifted itself up—in some places, as much as 17 feet (click on the slideshow above for images from the rebuilding efforts). Could a similar approach save cities today? Randy Behm of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dwayne Jones of the Galveston Historical Foundation talk about the costs and feasibility of raising a town, albeit with better technology than Galveston’s hand-cranked jacks and mules.
Dwyane Jones is executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation in Galveston, Texas.
Randy Behm is chairman of the National Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska.
Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.