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2009-02-17 06:00:00

New and improved waterpark opens Indoor area Saturday, March 14 and joins other Galveston Island attractions and hotels in welcoming spring break visitors GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- After months of scrubbing, cleaning, enhancing and rebuilding, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is ready to welcome spring break visitors to the indoor waterpark area beginning Saturday, March 14th. "The park looks better than brand new, I'm really proud of what our team...

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...

2009-01-05 07:25:00

GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Ike devastated the Texas coast on September 5, 2008, and thousands of residents from Galveston and surrounding cities are still without shelter. With the help of the employees at Equal Health, some of the residents now living in tents will be able to stay warm in the coming winter nights. On November 29, Brady Spears, Equal Health CEO and former Galveston resident, personally delivered 50 heaters to the displaced families still...

2008-12-09 19:33:09

Hurricane Ike reconfirmed one Texas researcher's idea: Interfering with Galveston Island's natural elevation hurts the island's sand dunes and marsh flora. Ike reconfirmed the basic idea I've had for several years, Rusty Feagin, ecosystem scientist with Texas AgriLife Research at Texas A&M University, said in a news release. The plants on sand dunes and in marshes build an island's elevation, so we shouldn't compromise that. When comparing pre- and post-Ike marshes, Feagin said he found...

2008-10-14 15:15:00

Hospital officials in Galveston, Texas, say Jennifer Hernandez Ramirez became the first baby born on the island since Hurricane Ike hit. The 7-pound, 8-ounce Jennifer was one of six babies born Monday by Caesarean section at the obstetrics branch of John Sealy Hospital, The (Galveston County) Daily News reported Tuesday. The 15-bed maternity unit, which had been forced to close after last month's storm, was reopened Monday to care for high-risk pregnancies, the Daily News reported. The six...

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...

2008-10-10 18:00:14

CHICAGO, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- In a cleanup effort referred to as "10-4," more than 390 Lutherans from the Houston area readied themselves with rubber gloves, paint masks and sack lunches to help clean up hurricane-damaged homes and churches in Galveston, Oct. 4. Information about the Lutherans' Galveston clean up effort is at http://www.futurewithhope.org/ on the Web. When Galveston reopened Sept. 26 after Hurricane Ike struck the island, "we visited our churches and neighborhoods and...

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2008-10-06 09:15:00

By James C. McKinley Jr. Jerrith Baird last spoke to his grandmother by telephone the night Hurricane Ike swept away most of the houses on this narrow spit of land. The grandmother, Jennifer McLemore, 58, who worked at a local hospital, had holed up with her dog in a newly built beach house on stilts. She giggled with nervous fear, as she described to her grandson how three neighboring houses were being carried away in a flood, along with a trailer home she owned. Then her cell phone went...

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2008-10-03 12:15:00

3 decades of data point to troubling century ahead for Gulf bays The most comprehensive geological review ever undertaken of the upper U.S. Gulf Coast suggests that a combination of rising seas and dammed rivers could flood large swaths of wetlands this century in one or more bays from Alabama to Texas. "In terms of sea-level increases and river sediments flowing into the bays, we're rapidly approaching a time when bays will face conditions they last saw in the Holocene, from about 9,600...

2008-10-01 15:00:21

Ecologists said they fear Hurricane Ike did extensive damage to Gulf Coast beaches and wildlife habitat that could take years to repair. While the storm didn't produce any significant oil spills, it did knock over trees, inundate marshes with salt water and washed tons of debris into the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay. "The extent of the damage won't be known for a while but it is possible we have had 20-30 years of damage at once," Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte...


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