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Galveston Residents Keep Eye on Storm

City officials are concerned high tides from Hurricane Ike could cause street flooding and make it hard to provide city services. Bill Stamps has more.


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Officials think Hurricane Ike will deliver a tide surge of about 4-8 feet. Not enough to cause flooding in homes — because the homes are elevated — but enough to cause street flooding. Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says residents can decide for themselves that to do.

“This is strictly voluntary and if the people on the west end want to stay on the west in they are welcome to do that as long as they realize that these high tides can close some roads flooding.”

Across the street from city hall is a popular eatery called Simps Kitchen. Most of the customers are keeping an eye on the hurricane including residents Kevin Bray and Ernie Olsen.

Ernie Olsen: “Yeah, we’re a little worried.”

Kevin Bray: “We got horses down on the west end that I don’t know what we gonna do with. But just hope for the best. You know you don’t wish it on nobody, but you don’t want it yourself either.”

Inside Barbara Mason waited in line to place her order. Simps is known in this area for its delicious soul food. Barbara believes a full a big plate with all the fixins’ could do more damage than Hurricane Ike.

“Agusto didn’t come. There was another before that that didn’t come, and I think God is gonna be good to us and spare us and let us make it. That’s what I believe.”

Although she’s not worried, Barbara does plan to keep up with what IKE is doing — just in case the forecast changes.

“I’m not gonna leave; we’re gonna stay. Unless it’s a hundred miles away from Galveston that’s the only way we’ll leave. I would.”

Bill Stamps KUHF Houston Public Radio News.