GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Officials say more than 100 people have
been rescued on Galveston Island since Hurricane Ike started to rip
Galveston City Manager Steve LeBlanc says 17 buildings and homes
burned to ground during the height of Ike's fury because the
storm's dangerous conditions prevented firefighters from reaching
the structures to put out the flames.
There is no water or electricity on the island, and the main
hospital, the University of Texas Medical Branch, is flying
critical care patients to other facilities because it could no
longer care for them.
The good news is there are no reports of deaths, although search
teams continue to fan out and look for victims in flood waters.