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Galveston 2 Months Later

Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:19 am

Hurricane Ike came ashore on September 13th. I had the chance to visit parts of Galveston Island this afternoon. My initial thoughts were that it wasn't as bad as what parts of New Orleans suffered from Katrina. However one has to remember that parts of New Orleans remained submerged for quite a while longer than any place on Galveston Island. There were three types of damage immediately visible all in different parts of the island. Downtown and the immediate vicinity sustained flood damage as the storm surge back doored its way into the city via the bay. Closer to the sea wall there was more wind damage. Out on the west end of the island where there is no sea wall it was a combination of both and this is where the worst damage I saw was. Here are some pictures taken today.

Entering the city from I 45.


Some of the hotels are already fixed up and back in business.


Others are going to need a major overhaul. I was actually amazed the Flagship survived at all.


The memorial to the storm victims of the 1900 hurricane came through unscathed.


Seawall Blvd itself does not look all that bad.


Those of you who might know of the Poop Deck Club, it survived and is open for business.


Most of the streets in town are clear but debris are still piled up and awaiting removal.


Heading out to the west end of the island, this pier got busted up pretty bad.


There were too many stilt homes like these to get pictures of them all. Yet surprisingly there were more that survived largely intact. The newer the home, in most cases the better it faired. Not a lot of completely wiped out homes here, most of that is over on the Bolivar side which I hope to get to in the near future.


Then it was time to visit Scholes Field and see what was left. Not much I'm afraid. The control tower is there but the little terminal and almost all the hangars sustained major damage. The Lone Star Aviation Museum looked like it was still being repaired as well. Still there were signs of life as a few GA airplanes sat tied down on the ramp.










It was getting dark so time to head back to the mainland. A few parting shots. A collapsed house awaiting demolition, a boat still waiting for its captain, and another stating what happens to those that mess with things other than their own.




All in all an interesting day. Still a long way to go but the island is slowly but surely getting back on its feet!

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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:13 pm

Truly sad to see the amount of damage.  Sad

It's weird how the entire country gets sucked into watching all the news coverage of the storm when it is approaching landfall, and actually hitting the cities, but afterwards it all stops pretty quickly. Unfortunately, once the storm clears, that is when all the hard work of putting lives back together comes into full swing...and that can take a LONG time. My manager lives in the Houston area and his area had some bad flooding and wind damage and when I spoke to him a week or so ago, he said there were piles of carpet and sheet rock sitting on the sides of the roads as people started to fix up their houses.  crying 

On a side note...that looks like a cute little airfield and museum! Going to have to visit it some time!
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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:54 pm

Thanks for posting these DX. What a difference two months makes. Looks like Galveston will be able to recover economically in a couple tourist seasons or less.
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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:01 am

Thanks for posting. I visited Galveston this Memorial day weekend. I could hardly believe the pictures taken right after the storm. I hope this town will recover soon.
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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:42 pm

I had the chance to visit Bolivar Pennisula on Sunday. Here are a few pictures from my drive.

The homes on the right survived largely intact, except the staircases that lead up to them are gone.


Here is the home that got all the attention. It wasn't the only home to come through relatively unscathed but since virtually every other home around it in this portion of Crystal Beach was completely erased it stood out for the very fact it survived. You can't see the sign on the front of the house from either of these shots but the engineering firm that designed it has an advertisement up on a sign.



The True Value needs to restock and this time build a little more sturdily!


Unlike over in Galveston where they had been mostly cleared away, wrecked automobiles littered the landscape. My daughter and I conservatively estimate we saw over 100 cars, trucks, and golf carts in various states of destruction on the drive from High Island down to the ferry landing.

Even worse, someon left their Cessna 210 behind and it too was completely wrecked. A car I can see leaving behind, a perfectly good 100-150k in good condition airplane? What a shame.



There were several homes like this one up for sale, all "as is" so if you're looking for a fixer upper with a pretty good view for now, here it is!


Finally, the American flag was flying proudly from many locations including in front of demolished homes. I have a feeling these people will be back.

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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:30 pm

Thanks for all the shots!

Quoting DXing (Thread starter):
Those of you who might know of the Poop Deck Club, it survived and is open for business.

LOL- there is an old broken down, rough looking broad bartender there...you know the type, just central casting smoking redneck trailer park woman. Well, I'd bet a c-note that she didn't even leave that joint during the storm, haha!

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):
On a side note...that looks like a cute little airfield and museum!

It's a great museum, actually. Every airplane in there save a B-58 is in flyable condition. They have a veritable army of volunteers, retired old A&P guys, etc, that do maintenance on the planes. Tons of warbirds, and during the Wings over Houston airshow, that museum is close to being empty. I’d really recommend it if you’re looking for just a brass tacks static display of flyable classic planes. The TX Aviation Hall of Fame is nice too.
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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:16 pm

Thanks for the great pics. Galveston Island is my favorite place to visit in TX. I drag my camper down to galveston state Park, to camp. It is about 6 miles south of the s=city, on Seawall Blvd.

I am already planning my trip down there next summer.

Galveston is only 5 hours from Fort Worth.
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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:34 pm

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 6):
I drag my camper down to galveston state Park, to camp.

Before you leave even next summer you might want to check the parks status. I have a picture of it from my trip and it looks as if it's being used to house clean up crews and contractors.
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RE: Galveston 2 Months Later

Wed Nov 26, 2008 6:58 pm

Any chance of Scholes being open/ready for the next Lone Star air show in early spring of next year?

I understand a lot of the airworthy equipment fled, wonder if the rest of the fleet was able to stay intact.
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