Re-Entry to Galveston Restricted, Residents Now Staying Put

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

The flood water has receded, but Galveston is nowhere near ready for residents to return. Thats a problem for those who never left.

Ike chewed up Galveston, then spit it out.

"Everything is gone. We lost everything, except what we could manage to get upstairs," said Galveston Resident Melissa Flores.

While many left before, Galveston city leaders estimate as much as 40% of the town stayed behind and saw Ike strike first hand.

"I was waiting on my payroll check," said Chris Phillips. "I run the quick car on 61st. The owner never got us our payroll, so I didn't have the gas to get out of here, so I was stuck. My boys are in Alvin. I'm hoping that they see me- they know I'm ok and I'll get to them as soon as possible."

In Galveston, its a familiar story.

"I mean it was just too late," said Flores. "I couldn't get out and we're here." Flores' family was among the 1,600 people who showed up at Galveston's Ball High School on Sunday, for a ride out of town.

"We just wanna get out now, that's all, because its too much to stay here without any supplies," said Flores.

While some continue to stick it out at home, three days with no electricity, no gasoline, no food and no running water has people lining up around the block to get on a bus to San Antonio.

"Shower. Everyone wants a shower," said Flores.

A temporary comfort, perhaps weeks before they'll be back to grapple with long-term consequences.

The city is still under a strict 6pm to 6am curfew, as well as a boil order.

The national guard says it has now changed the focus of its work on the island from evacuation, to setting up pods to distribute ice, food, and water.

KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 28427214 -
Gray Television, Inc.