I saw some "before and after" pictures today on ABC's website that are mind-blowing. These were taken in an area called the Bolivar Peninsula (Texans have weird ways of pronouncing things. It of course should be pronounced "BOH-lee-var" but in Texas, it's pronounced like it rhymes with Oliver) which is just northwest of Galveston, and is connected to Galveston by a free ferry that (used to) run back and forth all day long. I spent a morning biking along the peninsula a year ago. It is completely unprotected from the elements and thus was completely devastated by Ike. Here is the "before" picture taken 3 days before the hurricane hit:
And here is the "After" shot:
A couple houses standing, sand everywhere. This tells me a few things. First is that Ike didn't get as much press coverage as Katrina because there weren't as many lives lost, and it appears that the government did a better job of helping people get to safety, etc. But because there's less press coverage, there is less likely to be an outpouring of support as we experienced with Katrina. These pictures also tell me that the seawall that was built after Galveston was decimated by a hurricane in 1900 has done its job. The house my mom and stepdad are rehabbing in Galveston, which is about 3 blocks from the ocean, was spared, as were most of the homes built near the wall.
Here's hoping the good folks of Texas can help one another rebuild. And let us know what we can do to help.