September 21, 2008

Galveston Curfew to End Wednesday

Authorities in hurricane-hit Galveston, Texas, say residents can start returning home at mid-week now that nearly half the city's water system is working again.

Residents can begin returning at 6 a.m. Wednesday, but those who live west of the seawall will be discouraged from staying because of the severe damage remaining from last week's hurricane, Ike, the Galveston (Texas) Daily News reported Sunday.

Nearly half of the city's water and sewer system was operating again Saturday and city officials hope to have all four waste water treatment plants running by Wednesday with the aid of generators, said City Manager Steve LeBlanc, adding the water is suitable for bathing but not drinking.

Until Wednesday, a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew remains in effect and be "strictly enforced," LeBlanc said, noting violators face a $2,000 fine.

"If we have to make an example of someone, we will," he said. "We will maintain order in this city."