Friday, September 19, 2008

Galveston's Recovery

Today a huge navy ship carrying Marines unloaded on Galveston. The job of the troops is to help clean up the island, particularly getting the port open again and getting the marinas operating. Some heavy earth movers are being brought across the channel to begin clearing debris and stabilizing the roads. The mayor of Galveston hopes that the island will be ready to receive people back within seven to ten days. At that time, people will face broken homes or no homes, and will have to decide what to do.

None of the schools in Houston or Galveston have reopened. Most here in the city still don't have power, one week after IKE. In fact, only about 50% of Houstonians have power and water, and the temperatures are rising again. At the grocery store this afternoon, many people were milling around looking dazed and worn out. We are still under curfew, so the city becomes dark and still around 9 p.m. It is eerie and disconcerting.

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Photo by Scott Olson
A U.S. Navy Beach Group attached to the U.S.S. Nassau lands on the beach to help with Hurricane Ike recovery Sept.18, 2008 in Galveston.

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