"The City of Galveston is not in ruins it us recovering according to a well established plan."
The city does not have the capacity to respond to medical emergencies or to fires. Galveston officials tried to allow residents to return to look at their properties and leave. It was shut down when too many people returned at once. Galveston City Manager Steve LeBlanc says there will be no look and leave chance.
"We have meeting after meeting evaluating every option that we could think of.Î¾ And it's best, because of our situation, because of theÎ¾infrastructure to not implement it.Î¾We tried it — it didn't work."
Mayor Thomas says she shares residents frustrations.
"By staying away and being patient,Î¾you are making it possible for us to get you homeÎ¾in a week or so, instead of the months it would take if the city's infrastructure was more overwhelmed at this point."
Capella Tucker. KUHF-Houston Public Radio.