Scour power

Scour power

Big storms shift coastal erosion into overdrive

By Sid Perkins, 09:48 AM August 12, 2010

When Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in the early hours of September 13, 2008, Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula was ground zero. Before the category 2 storm made landfall, large stretches of beachfront on this narrow, low-lying spit of land were chockablock with homes standing on stilts behind dunes up to 2 meters tall.

But those stilts — and the dunes — were too short: Most of the homes that didn’t get blown away by Ike’s 175-kilometer-per-hour winds were battered by waves and then swept off ...

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