About three weeks ago I took a preacher friend to Galveston to survey the damage cause by hurricane Ike. As with the news media I am showing you the most graphic pictures. The Island is still largely intact. The seawall business were mostly open when we were there. In fact we ate that day at the Rain Forest Cafe on the seawall. The buildings that were constructed out over the water were destroyed as one might expect. There was evidence that most of the Island was covered in water at one point, so I am sure there was considerable flood damage that could not be seen just driving down the road. I was amazed at the mountains of trash that had been collected at a couple of different spots. Having been to Galveston on numerous occasions I know these were not typical collection points for trash, at least not that much.
Here you can see the extent of the erosion. The sand before the storm was up to the paint on the "stilts". It was about 4 1/2 foot of sand removed during the storm. Now at high tide these homes are in the water.