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Protecting Houston From The Next Big Hurricane
2011-11-15 10:30:07

[ Watch the Video ] Rice-led team recommends Ship Channel floodgate, levees, natural coast barriers To protect Houston and Galveston from future hurricanes, a Rice University-led team of experts recommends building a floodgate across the Houston Ship Channel adding new levees to protect densely populated areas on Galveston Island and the developed west side of Galveston Bay. The team also recommends creating a 130-mile-long coastal recreation area to sustainably use wetlands that act as...

2009-10-13 07:00:00

Exhibit "Forgotten Gateway" to Highlight the Galveston History as a Port of Entry and Immigrants Who Shaped the American History GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moody Gardens is looking for area residents with ties to the immigrants who came to the U.S. through Galveston. Those descendant families are encouraged to share Galveston immigration stories and historical artifacts toward the new traveling exhibit Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston...

2009-01-21 19:42:23

A contractor in Galveston County, Texas, said he discovered a box full of valuables while clearing hurricane debris from a state park. Michael Pate, 43, said he was working Jan. 7 at Galveston Island State Park when he discovered a green steel U.S. Army ammunition canister on a beach about 100 to 150 feet from the water, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported Wednesday. It was heavy, and I said, 'This thing is full of sand,' Pate said. I shook the sand off and opened it up. It was...

2008-10-14 15:15:00

Galveston, Texas, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says she's hoping the U.S. Postal Service will soon reopen the hurricane-ravaged city's downtown post office. Saying Galveston Island businesses in particular rely on the downtown facility, Thomas Monday pleaded with U.S. Postmaster General John Potter to reopen the post office damaged last month by Hurricane Ike, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported. "This is a real hardship," Thomas said. "Some of our people have no transportation." The...

2008-09-28 15:00:21

By Amanda Milkovits "I've been to a lot of hurricanes, and this is the worst I've ever seen," says Brooke Lawrence, of West Greenwich. Joanne Ramsey inched the emergency response vehicle down roads narrowed by hurricane-strewn debris and looked for survivors of Hurricane Ike along the coast of Texas. Behind the driver's seat, there were tubs filled with baked beans, sausages, apples, peaches and cookies. People from a Southern Baptist church in North Carolina had made the meals under...

2008-09-28 12:00:22

By JUAN A LOZANO CUTLINES Gina Hadley sifts through her destroyed home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike on Wednesday in Galveston, Texas. Residents were allowed to return to the island Wednesday. David J. Phillip/Associated Press People are warned not to go in without tetanus shots -- or rat bait. GALVESTON, Texas -- Ten days after Hurricane Ike, this devastated beach town reopened to residents Wednesday with stern warnings about what still lurks on the island -- rotting cattle...

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2008-09-23 10:00:00

Officials from Galveston, Texas, entities say they will ask for $2.2 billion in federal disaster aid to repair the island port battered by Hurricane Ike. Galveston officials also said residents on the Galveston Island's West End would be allowed to return to their homes to assess damage but would then have to leave, the Houston Chronicle reported. Officials cautioned residents returning starting Wednesday that water and sewer systems aren't fully operational, there is no potable water and...

2008-09-22 09:00:08

By Angela K. Brown and Cain Burdeau Associated Press ANAHUAC, Texas -- Wearing jeans and rubber boots, clutching Bibles and weeping between hymns, residents of the storm-shattered Texas coast comforted each other Sunday at makeshift church services that provided more than a respite from Hurricane Ike cleanup. About 50 people came together on a basketball court outside the Oak Island Baptist Church, just south of Interstate 10 about a mile from the tip of Trinity Bay. They sat on folding...

2008-09-21 15:30:00

By Cain Burdeau and Angela K. Brown Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Rats, raw sewage and a no-excuses curfew await exiled residents who try to return to storm-wrecked Galveston Island when it reopens this week, officials warned Saturday, a week after Hurricane Ike came thundering ashore. Ugly as the city's last week and immediate future may be, the grim predictions didn't seem to scare some of the 45,000 evacuated islanders from trying to get home, even though most of the island won't...

2008-09-21 09:00:07

By CAIN BURDEAU By Cain Burdeau and Angela K. Brown The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas Rats, raw sewage and a no-excuses curfew await exiled residents who try to return to storm-wrecked Galveston Island when it reopens this week, officials warned Saturday, a week after Hurricane Ike came thundering ashore. Ugly as the city's past week and immediate future may be, the grim predictions didn't seem to scare some of the 45,000 evacuated islanders from trying to get home, even though...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.