Experts predict massive hurricane damage for Houston homes at current growth rate

Houston (AP) A new study suggests if the Houston area continues to boom for 60 years and sea levels rise, a direct hit to Galveston from a massive hurricane could destroy $31.8 billion worth of homes.

The Houston Chronicle reports Texas A&M researchers looked at possibly building a coastal barrier about 60 miles long from Galveston to Bolivar Peninsula.

Experts say potential residential destruction from a storm surge would drop to $6 billion.

Hurricane Ike hit the Galveston area in 2008.