Rice gets $3.2M grant to study hurricane prep

HOUSTON Rice University on Monday announced a $3.2 million grant from the Houston Endowment, which previously awarded $1.3 million to the school.

Research partners include the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas Southern University and the SWA Group.

Ike swamped the Galveston area in September 2008, causing more than three dozen deaths. Officials have said Ike, with damaging topping $29 billion, was the costliest natural disaster in Texas history.

Researchers will look at suggestions ranging from putting a gate across the Houston Ship Channel to better flood warning systems.

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