Efforts Begin Following Hurricane Ike
Hurricane Ike swept through Texas on September 13, leaving a trail of
damage behind it.
|Blown out windows at the JPMorgan Chase
Tower are seen after Hurricane Ike moved through the downtown area,
Saturday, September 13, 2008, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
While many in the area still are without phone service, Bob Ceuric, owner
of Glass Masters Co. in Houston, says the recovery effort at his shop
has begunthough it is a slow process.
"I can't really do much without electrical power and fuel,"
he says. "So I'm just standing still. People aren't showing up to
Ceuric has been without power since Friday, and has heard it may be as
much as three to four weeks before it returns. As for the storm itself,
his shop mostly made it through unscathed.
"There was no flooding herewe just [had] blowing debris,"
As for customers, he says they're out there, but there's not much the
business can do yet.
"We've had quite a few callswe just haven't been able to get
out and do anything," Ceuric adds.
According to the Houston Chronicle, police have roped off the streets
around the Chase Tower in downtown Houston, the tallest building in Texas,
as glass, insulation, furniture and computers continue to fall out of
the windows of the 75-story building. (CLICK
HERE for that story.)
Today Texas Gov. Rick Perry surveyed Hurricane Ike storm damage from the
air before visiting Galveston Island and Ellington Airfield to visit with
local emergency management officials. According to announcement from Gov.
Perry's office, the top priority of the governor's division of emergency
management remains search and rescue, with nearly 2,000 storm victims
rescued in the course of nearly 500 missions. From Galveston alone, the
governor expects that up to 10,500 residents will be evacuated. Restoration
of utility services is being aggressively pursued at the same time.
HERE for more information about recovery efforts following Hurricane
HERE for a related story about Ike's effect on the insurance industry.
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