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 9/25/2008 12:42 AM
 
Residents of Galveston were let back in today. TV reporters have been talking to those who are seeing their homes for the first time since Ike and finding out what they have left. The people of my state are amazing. Not one of them whined. Not one complained. Not one said "Why me?" Most had water 12' high in their homes. Some have lost everything, but everyone of them were happy for safe family members.
One little elderly lady said "I can put what I have left on 12 clothes hangers--- but that is OK. My family is alive. I am alive. My dog is alive--- so all is OK. God is good!
Those of my state are working at cleaning up their property, their neighborhood. In Houston, neighbors on one side of the street have power... and across the street there is none. BUT, they are helping each other and extension cords run between those who have...and those who have not!!!
I still do not understand how Ike did so very much damage. We have had far larger and more dangerous Hurricanes, but this one did so much more damage. I think it was slow moving and therein lies the problem. I do not know---- but I am MOST proud of the people of my state. They are taking it all in stride. They are working to clean up and to overcome. They are back home and even without power, they are struggling to clean up and working to get their homes back to normal.
God Bless Them!!
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 9/25/2008 11:16 AM
 
The spirit of America is strong. I can't imagine returning home to nothing. I believe the difference with Ike was it's size. It covered a very broad area and stalled or moved slowly. Lenora & Choco

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 9/25/2008 12:07 PM
 
Being a gulf coast veteran I watched all I could about Ivan. The counterclockwise winds build up the water on the Northeast side of the storm and it was trapped were it came into contact with Texas. I would bet a lot of severe damage was from water. In Pensacola the houses behind mine looked great on the Gulf side thats were the water entered the house; on the back side the walls were literally blown out due to the water pressure. Was staggering to see the destruction. Tooks months and in some cases years to get everything looking normal.
My house had chicken wire and plaster walls and hardwood floors. Once the water drained out it was completely liveable.. except for the holes in the roof from my old oak tree. But didn't have to gut the house like so many newer ones.
Thoughs and prayers are going out to all the people affected by the storm. Sue 2005 Chateau Sport 25' w/ Ranger toad
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 9/25/2008 5:10 PM
 
I too am proud of your state. They apparently know how to look at the big picture, like being alive. In the past, news coverage has been disheartening when they only show people who stand there doing nothing for themselves, looting others, blaming others for their misfortunes and standing there with their hands out expecting someone else to be responsible for them instead of finding ways to help each other. Here, here for TX He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever - Chinese Proverb
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