WINNIE, Texas (AP) - Residents of the hard-hit Bolivar Peninsula
are having a tough time getting home on the first day they're
allowed to check out the damage from Hurricane Ike.
Traffic backed up at least 15 miles early Friday, with some
commuters spending more than an hour on the road while trying to
return for the first time since Ike blasted ashore September 13th.
The Bolivar Peninsula just east of Galveston saw some of the
heaviest damage, as the storm surge swept away homes and
The peninsula's 4,000 or so residents are being allowed to
return on a "look and leave" policy. They can come each day onto
the peninsula and begin repairing their homes but cannot live in
them as there is no power, water, sewer or telephone service and
cell phone service is limited.
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