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Galveston & Rumors About Galveston—After Hurricane Ike Post # 3

Here is After Hurricane Ike post #3.

Today is the first full day I have power at home. It’s nice to make these posts at home instead of at the Downtown Houston Public Library. Though I very much appreciate the resources available at the library.

Today I was able to buy perishable groceries for the first time in over a week. In the days leading up to the storm I figured that power would be going out. As indeed it did. So I just bought water and granola bars. 

Now I have fruits, vegetables and milk at home. 

Here is the link to the Houston Food Bank.

Many are still without power. Life cannot be more normal again in Houston until people have power. Still, I bet there are some, if just the smallest number, who have used the time without power to renew a relationship, read something they might have never gotten around to reading, or to think out a problem.

Everybody needs power back and I know what a frustration it has been for so many, but I hope that for at least some it has also been an opportunity of a kind.

I got a comment on another post today from someone without power for a few days now in Columbus, Ohio in the aftermath of Ike.

The Houston Chronicle today offered up an unhelpful editorial about the failure of Galveston city leaders to as of yet devise a good plan for evacuated residents to come back and see their homes. As I said yesterday on this blog, Galveston officials seem overwhelmed. They need outside help.

I hope the Governor’s office or somebody with insight into the problems Galveston is facing, has offered assistance to Galveston city leaders. Galveston is a poor city of 50,000 people. They have just the resources and talent that they have. Hurricane Ike is a disaster of a scope beyond what Galveston on its own can manage.

Fellow Houston blogger Brains & Eggs has posted about rumors of many bodies being washed out to sea from Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula. I don’t believe these rumors. Some maybe died this way. But not hundreds or thousands.

Here is a report on how bad things are in Galveston right now.

Another Houston blogger, Julie Pippert, wonders about pollution from swamped refineries and chemical plants that may have sludged into Galveston Bay as a result of the storm.  

Julie, of course, is crazy. I recall all the ads on TV a few years ago saying how expansion of the Port of Houston would enhance the environment. All that ship traffic is good for the water. I say that whatever ends up in Galveston Bay is for the best. Mankind will be gone soon enough and Galveston Bay will have millions of years to recover.

Below is Bolivar Peninsula after Hurricane Ike.  

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September 18, 2008 - Posted by | Galveston, Houston, Texas | , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. my power was out for a couple of hours. one block away at jay olearys house he just got power back last night. so 2 hours and 5days and i can see his house from mine. the landscape of the coast in texas similar 100 houses gone and 3 standing? better built? dumb luck? in my neighborhood i had the dumb luck. My daughter has been enjoying her time off school this week. the schools also closed. all in cincinnati ohio.

    Comment by bill brady | September 19, 2008

  2. Good for your daughter. As long as your home has not been blown away or washed away, weather related time off from school is always a winner.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 19, 2008

  3. It is true. My aunt still does not have power but has read 3 books. When I call to check on her, she does not want to talk long because she is ‘loosing daylight’ to read by. So I try not to bother her too much.

    Comment by Charley | September 19, 2008

  4. Charley—Let her be as you say you are doing. Book reading is important.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 23, 2008


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