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2008-09-18 09:00:07

By Jon Gambrell Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Residents trying to get back to this hurricane-ravaged city Wednesday spent hours fuming in gridlocked traffic, only to be turned away at the bridge by officials worried that the crippled island can't accommodate that many people. Traffic backed up for 20 miles along I-45, the one route onto Galveston Island, with residents jockeying for position with utility workers, repair crews and police trying to begin repairs to the city wrecked...

2008-09-18 06:00:28

By James C. McKinley Jr. Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting from Houston, and Thayer Evans from Galveston, Texas. * An army of line crews from 31 states has converged on eastern Texas to help deal with the largest power failure in this large state's history. Officials say they fear it could take weeks to restore power in some places, like Galveston and the towns near the Louisiana border, because Hurricane Ike knocked out major transmission lines, substations have been...

2008-09-18 03:00:12

Thousands of victims of Hurricane Ike settled in at shelters for what could be weeks, and others waited wearily in line for food, water, ice and gasoline yesterday. It became increasingly clear the disaster along the Texas coast would be measured not by its death toll but by the misery it spread. Almost three days after the storm steamrolled the coast, the extent of the damage still was coming into focus, with rescue teams finally reaching some of the hardest- hit and most inaccessible...

2008-09-17 09:05:00

Some areas of Texas hit by Hurricane Ike may be without electricity for several weeks, utility officials said. Meanwhile, city officials in hard-hit Galveston, Texas, suspended their look-and-leave policy that allowed residents to return to check on their homes, The Galveston County Daily News reported CenterPoint Energy officials said up to half of its customers in Houston and surrounding areas may be without power for up to a week, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. The company...

2008-09-17 09:00:04

By Juana Long Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- The few hundred holdouts on Texas' ravaged Bolivar Peninsula will be required to leave in the next few days, and officials said Tuesday they are ready to use emergency powers to empty the barrier island scraped clean by Hurricane Ike. Judge Jim Yarbrough, the top elected official in Galveston County, said the roughly 250 people who defied warnings they would be killed if they rode out the storm in the rural coastal community are a "hardy...

2008-09-17 06:00:24

By James C. McKinley Jr. Cornelia Dean and Thayer Evans contributed reporting from Galveston, Texas, Staci Semrad from Austin, Texas, and Rachel Mosteller from Houston. * The U.S. government has started distributing tons of food and water to residents across southeast Texas, with long lines forming as those who tried to cope without electrical power search for basic necessities. Aerial surveys showed Monday that Hurricane Ike had destroyed most of the houses on Bolivar Peninsula,...

2008-09-16 12:00:21

Some Texas officials say there will be second thoughts about rebuilding along the coastline where Hurricane Ike came ashore. The hurricane battered homes and businesses in areas where state officials had earlier proposed limiting construction to prevent beach erosion. The Houston Chronicle said Tuesday that while coastal communities have vigorously opposed restrictions, the damage done by Ike has reinvigorated the debate. "We now have a graphic example of why you should build as far away...

2008-09-16 09:00:45

The Texas-New Mexico Power Company, a provider of electrical transmission and distribution services, has continued to assess damage caused by Hurricane Ike and is restoring power to more of its customers in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. The Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP) estimates that it has restored power to more than 36,000 customers, which is about about 32% of TNMP's residential and business customer base. Immediately following Hurricane Ike, 100% of the company's Gulf Coast...

2008-09-16 09:15:00

BOLIVAR PENINSULA, Texas (AP) -- Rescuers say they've found 60 survivors on an isolated barrier island devastated by Hurricane Ike. Rescuers have tried for nearly three days to get in to find out how Bolivar Peninsula residents fared during the massive storm. They finally got their first look at the beach resort community Monday. Scott McKinney of the Sacramento Metro Fire Department said a search-and-rescue team found 60 residents. So far, they've found no dead. The team plans to keep...

2008-09-16 09:00:28

From wire reports GALVESTON, Texas Entire subdivisions obliterated. Oil and chemical slicks in the surf where vacationers once frolicked. Longhorn cattle roaming desolate streets. But, most stunning of all, no more deaths. Grim scenes greeted rescuers Monday as they penetrated the areas hardest-hit by Hurricane Ike, two days after it thrashed the Texas Gulf Coast and left thousands homeless. The Bolivar Peninsula and the west end of Galveston Island saw some of the heaviest damage...


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