Is Galveston Doomed?

Texans and honorary Texans everywhere are braced for the worst. Latest reports say Hurricane Ike is already pushing waves over the 14-foot Seawall that was built after the 1900 hurricane that basically destroyed the island and killed more than 8,000 people. In a statement urging people to evacuate, the city’s mayor stressed that anybody riding out the storm would be “completely on their own” for hours if not days–no electricity, no running water, no law enforcement, nothing.

This grim statement from the National Hurricane Center says it all: “Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one- or two-story homes will face certain death.”

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Galveston, probably because it’s the first place I ever went on a vacation. Can’t count the number of times I’ve been there over the years. Old boyhood spots like the Sandpiper Motel, which is right on the beach, are really going to get hammered by this storm.


 The Sandpiper Motel, Galveston

Likewise with Gaido’s restaurant, which is right across the street from the ocean. Hope the famous rooftop crab is battened down for the storm.


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