(Weather Hobbyist)
Thu Sep 22 2005 03:12 AM
Re: Category 5 Hurricane Rtia Moves Westward in the Gulf

I saw a report today that described the 1900 Galveston storm as having a 15 foot surge. At that time, the highest part of the island was about 9 feet. I believe that is the height of the present seawall (built after the 1900 storm). That means it is quite possible the surge will overtop the seawall and flood the island briefly with a result looking something like what we have seen in Biloxi (not the standing water of New Orleans).

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