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In wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008, many plans have been presented for implementing a means of protection for the Texas Gulf Coast.
Nearly 45,000 people left Galveston after 2008’s Hurricane Ike devastated the island. Nearly 75 percent of the city was flooded by the storm surge and many homes still require repair before they are habitable again. All this makes the 2010 U.S. Census that much more important for Galveston.
Hurricane Ike tore through Galveston Sept. 13, 2008, with a storm surge of 15 feet covering the island with petroleum laced salt water. Ultimately, the salt water from the storm’s surge left thousands of trees dead, including the 100-year-old live oaks that lined Broadway Boulevard.
The power had gone out and the sounds outside were like the sound track to a bad disaster film. My mother and I, along with three others, hadn’t evacuated very far from our home on the west end of Galveston Island; we were in Santa Fe and about to use every ounce of strength our bodies possessed.
James Phillips is an artist who has been making sculptures from trees damaged by Hurricane Ike in Galveston.