Texas City Hurricane Flood Protection Levee is located in Galveston County, Texas about 30 miles southeast of Houston and 9 miles northwest of Galveston. The existing Hurricane-Flood Protection system protects 36 square miles of the greater Texas City - La Marque –Hitchcock area from a 15-foot, National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) hurricane storm surge with accompanying waves. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of July 3, 1958, Public Law 85-500, substantially in accordance with recommendations of the Chief of Engineers in the House Document No. 347, 85th Congress, 2nd Session. Construction began in 1962 and was completed in April 1987.