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Not discouraged by the disaster, Galveston rapidly restored water, mail, telegraph, and shipping services, then went to work to elevate the city 17 feet using dredged sand. This effort was coupled with the construction of the Galveston Seawall, a now 10-mile-long coastal barrier, to protect its residents from future hurricanes. The seawall is on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 2001. As for the economy of Galveston, it has made a marked turnaround; the city now hosts thriving financial, medical, tourism, and shipping industries.
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