Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Looking at Galveston

Some good reporting at the Houston Chronicle, which has never been better than with covering Ike and recovery efforts. There has been no real investigative reporting but I have giving up expecting that from the Chronicle.
Cleveland Hendricks found his door already open when he got home. The hurricane had let itself in, knocked over chairs, drenched the carpet, coated laundry with mud and flipped the refrigerator onto its side.

The house was built in 1938, 20 blocks from the Seawall, and never flooded before, Hendricks said. It belonged to his grandmother, and he had expected it to be dry.

The 49-year-old musician brought a pickup to load with drums and studio equipment. Instead, he lifted a soggy sound card from the floor and let the water drain out. The equipment was ruined.

"I can salvage these," he said of his waterlogged drums.

Virtually every downtown business was flooded with more than 5 feet of water, leaving their first floors destroyed. Bill Doherty, who runs an environmental cleanup company and lives in downtown Galveston, said his teams have been working nonstop since the winds quieted Saturday.

"I want to concentrate on getting businesses cleaned up so they can open," said the 35-year-old Navy veteran. "If people have a place to work, this place can come back. If they don't, it simply will take too long."
Some have washed away.

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