- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Government funds for Hurricane Ike recovery will help pay for more than $20 million in Galveston beach improvements eight years after the deadly storm.

The Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees on Tuesday announced more beach restoration will begin in October.

Plans include expanding a 4-mile stretch from 12th to 61st streets, using sand dredged from the Big Reef area. The project should be completed in time for spring break.

Ike slammed Galveston in September 2008, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing more than three dozen people.

A more than $15 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will pay for much of the restoration. The park board, the city and the Texas General Land Office are also providing funds.

Crews last November finished a $23 million beach expansion.

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