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How Hurricanes That Hit The Texas Coast Can Float Giant Tanks

Photo by: Dave Fehling

Storage tanks for petrochemicals and petroleum products in Deer Park, Texas near the San Jacinto Monument.
We're in the last two months of hurricane season. In years past, big storms have done billions of dollars of damage along the Texas Gulf Coast. Now, questions are being raised about what is not being done to protect one vulnerable type of structure: the huge tanks that hold toxic chemicals and petroleum. High winds and high water can cause them to float, sometimes with disastrous results.
“They’re quite common in the Ship Channel region, about 4,200 right around the Houston Ship Channel.”

—Jamie Padgett, structural engineer at Rice University.

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Dave Fehling

Energy & Environment Reporter for StateImpact

Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR...