Some Coast Guard aerial footage has recently been released. It shows amazingly extensive flooding...miles and miles of neighborhoods that are just
completely underwater. You can't see any streets or landmarks, just the top part of houses and trees. Looks like maybe 4-6' of water, though it's
hard to tell from an aerial standpoint exactly how much. The footage is, frankly, disturbing. I hope no one was in those houses.
Coast Guard aerial rescues are ongoing. They're plucking people from rooftops, not just in Galveston but in surrounding areas as well.
Beaumont, TX is reportedly in "bad shape" per an EMT there.
Reliant Stadium in Houston has been damaged, extent unknown but significant enough to cancel an upcoming football game. Part of the roof has been
ripped off, and there's other structural damage as well.
Numerous buildings in Galveston have been destroyed. Footage on MSNBC showed a huge twisted pile of rubble and lumber, and the reporter on scene said
something to the effect of "This used to be Hooters."
Numerous large boats have been washed up into the streets of Galveston. This is probably on the bay side of the island.
The Strand (Galv.) under 6-8' of water.
All but two piers on the Galveston seawall are reportedly completely gone. The bay side is largely underwater.
Entergy TX reports nearly all of its subscribers are without power and that they have suffered extensive infrastructure damage "much worse than
Rita." Power restoration is not expected for "weeks."
Water and sewer service is down for many.
Gov. Rick Perry says there is extensive infrastructure damage in Galveston and surrounding areas. Galveston Island is closed; no one but emergency
personnel will be allowed in until further notice.
Rumors of a media quarantine on Galveston Island.
We may not be hearing the real story there yet.
More updates to follow.
EDIT: some damage photos
from the Austin Statesman
[edit on 9/13/2008 by anachryon]