Some Who Stayed For Hurricane Ike, Did Not Survive; Hundreds Still Missing In Texas May Never Be Found


Bolivar Peninsula From Satellite Directly After Ike

Bolivar Peninsula From Satellite Directly After Ike

The above photo is from a satellite just after the passage of Hurricane Ike. This one is on section of Bolivar Peninsula just east of Galveston Bay. There is a site (CLICK HERE) that allows you to click on a map to very specific areas that were affected by Ike. They are visible images like the one above taken just after the storm passed and they go from Louisiana to and past Houston. I have more on the stories of victims of Hurricane Ike and also an image of the damage to the coastline nearly two weeks following Ike further down this post. Check out the sat images and read the stories. They will leave you shaking your head.

The weather in Louisville remains on track. Great weather will persist for the St. James Art Show. It was always known as the “art fair” but the website now calls it the “art show.” If you know why they changed it, someone let me know. Anyway, cool nights and warm afternoons until the middle of the week when we get a shot at some much needed rain Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures behind the front will not be all that cool so if you liked the fall weather, be patient, I’m sure it will come again….just not in the next week.

LA/TX Coastal Damage 12 Days After Hurricane Ike

LA/TX Coastal Damage 12 Days After Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike Follow-UP: Nearly two weeks following the landfall of Hurricane Ike, satellite images (above) reveal the coastal destruction from the wide storm surge of Ike. Normally, the region along the coast would be green. In this case, the areas of brown reveal mud, sand and dying vegetation along almost the entire Louisiana Coast and Texas Coast from Galveston to New Orleans. Part of the SE Louisiana Coast also got slammed by Hurricane Gustav so that area got a head start. While the storm made landfall at the mouth of Galveston Bay, some of the highest storm surge readings came from around the mouth of the Sabine River marking the Louisiana/Texas border. Parts of SW Louisiana experienced a higher and more devastating storm surge than they had with Hurricane Rita in 2005. For some reason, some people in Galveston used Hurricane Rita as a measuring stick to determine whether or not to leave their homes. Rita was a stronger storm but made landfall way east of Galveston, leaving that part of the Texas coast with an offshore flow and no real surge. Hurricane Ike was much farther west and areas spared by Rita were hammered by Ike and many people made the wrong decision.

If you recall, thousands of people did not evacuate from Galveston with the approach of Hurricane Ike. I have told you that in my opinion, had the storm been say 20 miles farther west and a little stronger, then the death toll would have been staggering. There have been many stories of survivors who barely escaped with their lives. Several did not. At this time, the Laura Recovery Center says that about 300 remain missing 3 weeks after the storm. No one has heard a thing. Perhaps some will suffer the fate of being swept out to sea never to be seen again. Others may be found in marshes miles from where they had been. Others may be safe but in hiding or still others just not thoughtful enough to tell their loved ones that they are okay. But, here is a story that will break your heart. Several tales of those who refused to leave for one stubborn reason or another and who paid with their lives. I’m telling you…the thousands that stayed…if they do so again…they may suffer the same fate. Galveston is nothing but a sandbar and it doesn’t take much for the Gulf of Mexico to swallow the whole island. I love hurricanes and I love Galveston. Because I know them both so well, I would have left. I suspect that those who did stay and survived, now know that next time they too will leave. Read some of the sad tales below.

Associated Press(with video and slideshow)-Tales of those who perished

Houston Chronicle-In Memoriam:Remembering the Victims of Ike

KHOU Houston(with video)-Search for Victims intensifies

WNBC-Hurricane Ike US Death toll up to 67

4 Responses

  1. Goodness, it’s hard to believe what has happend, that so many people are still missing and may never be found. I just wonder why folks were willing to take that chance..
    Goodness.. its so gloomy today😦 for the next 3 days! x.x! ugh. I just hope and pray that more are found so that families can rest better, and I pray for those who have damage that must face this nasty weather. God Bless

  2. Mary, isn’t it amazing how a storm that is estimated to be the 3rd costliest in history, behind only Andrew and Katrina, and one that potentially cost a few hundred people their lives (unknown due to the missing), has received such little coverage? Perhaps its because Texans take care of business. Hope all is well with you and thanx for contributing. Stop by any time.

  3. Great blog. I Googled for a list of fatalities from Ike and your blog was at the top of the listing, yet I still cannot find such a list. Does such a list exist? If so, where?

  4. That is a good question. Even in Houston, they seem to have just dropped the subject. I’ve talked to residents of Houston and Galveston who claim that they talked to people who were there right after the storm and there were bodies washing ashore but no one reported on it. Some claim that there is a cover up. I’m not sure about all of that but I do know that the last report that I’ve been able to find that there were some 300 missing and then there was no follow up by the fine press corps. The Galveston economy is hurting.

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