GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Tourist-popular Galveston seems more
like a debris-ridden ghost town today after Hurricane Ike.
About 20 Longhorns roamed the empty neighborhoods. The west end
of Galveston island, while dotted with expensive homes, had
undeveloped grazing lands.
Deputy city manager Brandon Wade toured the destruction with
some reporters today.
Hurricane Ike lowered the beachfront sand by as much as five
Many homes in Galveston's west end, protected by the city's
seawall, made it through the weekend hurricane with minimal damage.
But others in a neighborhood of one- and two-story homes called
Spanish Grant Beachside, erected on cement pilings with garages
beneath the first floor, were pounded to rubble.
Residents are being urged to stay away since Galveston is
without water, electricity and provisions.
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