Galveston's position, on an island in the gulf, makes it vulnerable to a hurricane storm surge, when the force of the storm pushes sea level abnormally higher. The city's seawall is different from New Orleans's levees, but a major storm surge could challenge the city's defenses.
SOURCE: Army Corps of Engineers, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Energy | MAP BY GENE THORP AND MARY KATE CANNISTRA, GRAPHIC BY LAURA STANTON - The Washington Post
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