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2008-12-01 08:46:00

PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season ended Sunday, and not a day too soon. While recent weeks have been quiet, July saw Hurricane Dolly lash South Padre Island, Texas, with 100 MPH winds. Come September, Gustav slammed New Orleans and the Louisiana coast. Ike trashed Galveston, Texas; hammered downtown Houston, and swirled inland, wreaking havoc clear through the Great Lakes. All told, storms killed some 900 people, overwhelmingly Caribbeans, while...

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...

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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...

2008-09-28 15:00:21

By LAUREN KING By Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK When Seaman Daniel Miles first flew into Galveston, Texas, from his ship a week ago, he didn't see the damage from Hurricane Ike that was depicted in news reports. "Up top, everything looked OK," he said Saturday, upon returning to Norfolk Naval Station. "Once we got down on the ground, we saw the water damage." Miles, and more than 1,000 sailors and Marines aboard the Norfolk- based amphibious assault ship Nassau, soon...

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...

2008-09-26 00:00:18

By The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - 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 carcasses, snakes and swarms of mosquitoes - and what isn't there: drinking water, reliable electricity, medical care or sewer service.After spending hours in traffic that backed up for 10 miles, some residents found their homes in ruins."I wasn't prepared for this," taxi driver...

2008-09-25 09:00:30

By Juan A. Lozano Associated Press 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 carcasses, snakes and swarms of mosquitoes -- and what isn't there: drinking water, reliable electricity, medical care or sewer service. After spending hours in traffic that backed up for 10 miles, some residents found their homes in ruins. "I wasn't prepared for this,"...

2008-09-24 12:00:19

Hurricane Ike evacuees Wednesday were streaming back to Galveston, Texas, jamming the interstate highway leading into the devastated Gulf Coast city. As emergency officials reopened the city, thousands of cars driving southbound into Galveston made for slow going on Interstate 45. Texas state troopers patrolled the roadway to keep frustrated motorists from driving onto the shoulders, The Houston Chronicle reported. "It's not going to be the same Galveston Island it was," City Councilman...

2008-09-23 21:00:28

HOUSTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- "After loosing the 5000 pound trailer twice and surviving, running out of gas twice, changing our car out twice and getting stopped by cops, we talked to the folks from Galveston and heard about the horrors of Hurricane Ike. It had been 36 hours of driving and 12 more to go; we felt we made the right decision to come, and our quest to make a difference got a dramatic boost." -- Except from Rajiv Sanghvi's Blog (Logo:...

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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...


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