|SH 87 Post-Rita Update, east of High Island|
Last updated November 27, 2005
Previously I reported on SH 87, the washed-out coastal highway east of Galveston.
Hurricane Rita existed from September 17-26, 2005. For a brief time it was one of the most powerful storms in recorded history. Fortunately it fizzled and then veered away from Houston and Galveston. It did impart a soft hit on the section of coast where SH 87 once existed. So, on November 27, 2005, I decided to take a trip to see how much erosion occurred on this section of coastline.
There was some obvious decay of the beach and vehicle trail since my last visit in January 2005, but I would rate the erosion as minor. Only a minimal impact on the section of coast east of High Island. I didn't drive all the way to Sabine, where the impact could have been greater since it was closer to point where the eye of the storm hit.
It has become more difficult to traverse the section east of High Island in a vehicle. In January 2005 we did it in an ordinary passenger vehicle. I don't think that would be possible anymore. I was in a high-riding F-150 truck, and it was a risky drive since I had only two-wheel drive. Ideally, this section should be driven with a high-riding 4-wheel drive vehicle. I managed to get stuck in the sand once, but fortunately I had a shovel with me.
Photos taken November 27, 2005