Hurricane Ike Debris Cleanup

Galveston, TX

Named Best Overall Project of the Year by Engineering News Record in 2010, Conti’s work cleared hazardous wastes, electronic waste and demolition debris in the aftermath of a natural catastrophe.

Hurricane Ike, one of the most destructive storms to hit the United States, severely damaged the landscape and buildings along Bolivar Peninsula to High Island, Texas. Several spots along the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway designated as dredged material placement areas (PA) were damaged, clogged and otherwise rendered unusable. As a result, waterways used as critical transportation routes were becoming difficult to navigate and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regularly dredged the waterway using the PAs for material placement.

Conti, under its Rapid Response contract, restored the dredged material PAs to working order. Because of the remote, hurricane-devastated location, the project team mobilized equipment by barge and lived in RVs near the site. Working with these challenging logistics, Conti repaired, raised and constructed sections of levees on three placement areas and rebuilt four drop outlet structures to allow water emanating from hydraulic dredging to drain back into the waterway without significant spoilage loss. The team also safely disposed of over 15,000 pounds of household hazardous wastes, 4,500 pounds of electronic waste and 108,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris.

The project resulted in the full and rapid restoration of individual PAs along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, ensuring navigable water routes through the region for local businesses and communities.

Project details

Client USACE Omaha
Value $15.8M
Status Completed
Key features
  • Excavated shoaling on intercoastal bank for hopper, spud and EQ barge and crew boat access
  • Mobilized heavy equipment by flat top barge to placement areas
  • Set up staging area
  • Set up fuel depot
  • Collected and removed debris
  • Rebuilt dredged material placement areas

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