The Orange County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) Levee Steering Committee will hold a public meeting to gather input regarding a county-wide storm surge protection system study. The meeting will be Wednesday Jan. 12. at 6 p.m. at the Bridge City Community Center. The plan for the meeting is to provide the public with an outline of the timing and the goals of the study and to gain input regarding any ideas and concerns from local citizens.

This study is being conducted by the engineers hired by the Corporation last year to determine the cost and feasibility of a storm surge protection system. The consortium of engineers, Sabine Neches Partnership Group, is made up of the firms of Carol and Blackmon Engineering, LEAP Engineering and Costello Engineering. This study will take approximately nine months and will cost $500,000. Partial funding for the study is coming from a grant from the Texas Water Development Board and the remainder from federal Hurricane Ike funds.

If you have any questions, you may contact the OCEDC office at 409-883-7770.