Repairs underway on Ike-damaged Galveston seawall

Shown is the seawall in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, in Galveston, Texas, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

January 12, 2010 9:28:07 AM PST
The Army Corps of Engineers says repairs to Galveston's Hurricane Ik-damaged seawall should be finished by April 1.[IKE ANNIVERSARY: Look back at the storm that changed SE Texas]

Ike stormed ashore on Sept. 13, 2008, leaving behind sinkholes in the sidewalk atop the tourist-popular seawall and damaging the rock groins.

Engineer Don Carelock says the Corps has estimated the repairs will cost $18 million. The fix is being paid for with federal funding.

Carelock says the seawall along the Gulf of Mexico is structurally sound.

Carelock says the sandy fill below the seawall washed away when waves crashed over the barrier. He says more sinkholes emerged in the months after Ike, with recent, unusually high tides causing more damage.