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"The whole island is under water," Travis said of Bolivar peninsula where Crystal Beach is located. "It's total destruction. Everything that was on the ground is washed away."
"When the storm surge came in, it started taking out the front row of houses, and it was like a domino effect."
Shortly after midnight, he said, a huge wave slammed another house into his. The floor buckled, the door busted in "and I couldn't get out of there fast enough." Moore said.
Originally posted by Valhall
Just for the record...as I challenged him when he first came on this thread with an attitude - I've not mentioned anything of a conspiracy. Cover-up is not conspiracy. Cover-up means they want to handle the situation outside the public's ability to assess decisions and actions. Conspiracy implies some kind of plan toward an end.
I don't think there is some nefarious plan at play here - I think we have government agencies and public LE trying to not be reviewed by the people who pay them.
Perry's statements during the press conference were enough to make my stomach upset. While anyone with half a brain would agree that if you ignore evacuation orders and stay in the path of a hurricane you get whatever is dealt you and cause problems and risks to others who will have to attempt to save you - right this minute when government agencies are not being forthcoming as to the situation in areas like the west end and Bolivar - specific locations asked about - is NOT the appropriate time for Perry to be acting like "they got what they deserved".
Admonition can come later - hell, I think idiots ought to have to pay the full bill on their rescues - but now is not the time. Now is the time to answer questions, release footage, and explain your "triage" plan.
[edit on 9-14-2008 by Valhall]
Except, according to Channel 13, the restrictions were unprecedented. They also are having trouble getting a justification for the restrictions.
Don't you think it odd that none of the reasons you provided were offered by the officials when asked about the need for the restrictions?
Originally posted by KTK
reply to post by Anonymous ATS
What happened there to cause 6000 deaths before? Sorry for the denseness, international audience enquiry......
Originally posted by Hot_Wings
What I would ask the news media and my fellow posters here to cover during this rescue phase of the disaster is not the devastated homes of private citizens. Instead, it is other commercial concerns that I think should be addressed.
What chemical plants have been affected and are the people and rescuers protected?
Are rescue efforts being conducted quickly and respectfully?
Are the people’s rights to keep and bear arms being taken away by authorities?
Is there a threat of chemical contamination from refineries or other manufacturing sites?
Is crime being controlled, or is it being allowed to go unchecked?
These, and other concerns, are what I would like the news media to focus on. So far, it seems that the news media is only complaining that they haven’t been given the right or access to cover the devastation of people’s private residences.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Folks, I just heard from a friend who is a doctor at UTMB. (evacuated to Katy) He reports that the military has "taken control of the facility". This is starting to creep me out and p**s me off...
Originally posted by KTK
Can I assume that most Americans know of the 1900s hurricane?
SPECIAL BULLETIN: Galveston National Lab, Keiller Building, & Shope Lab
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Galveston National Lab (GNL) has suffered no damage as far as we can see. The building was at the end phase of construction. There was no research taking place and no one is occupying the building.
The Keiller Building did experience some flooding in the basement but the rest of the facility is fine. There has been no loss of biocontainment or biosecurity. All labs were decontaminated and secured prior to the arrival of the storm. All agents have been stored in proper containers. The Shope Lab within the Keiller Building also remains secure.
UTMB Emergency Operations Center Leadership
Link to UTMB
ORDER TO VACATE BOLIVAR PENINSULA, GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS
Whereas, Hurricane Ike struck Galveston County, Texas on September 12, 2008 and on September 13, 2008 with catastrophic winds and storm surge, inflicting widespread and severe damage, injury, loss of life and property;
Whereas, Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County, Texas, has suffered extreme and extensive damage from Hurricane Ike and is estimated to be 90% destroyed;
Whereas, the storm surge on Bolivar Peninsula has led to extreme and massive damage;
Whereas, on this day, BolivarPeninsula remains under water, impassable, inaccessible, and isolated;
Whereas, there is no water, power, or other utility services on BolivarPeninsula;
Whereas, there are no open stores, other amenities, or means of communication functioning on BolivarPeninsula;
Whereas, there is no usable infrastructure on BolivarPeninsula;
Whereas, Galveston County recognizes its obligation under law to preserve and protect public health, safety, and welfare;
Whereas, the County Judge of Galveston County, Texas, has declared a local state of disaster for Galveston County, Texas;
Whereas, the Governor of the State of Texas has proclaimed a state of disaster for Galveston County, Texas;
Whereas, the President of the United States of America has declared a state of disaster covering Galveston County, Texas;
Whereas, on September 11, 2008, the Health and Human Services Secretary of the United States of America, Mike Leavitt, declared a public health emergency in the State of Texas due to Hurricane Ike;
Whereas, rescue efforts are underway on BolivarPeninsula to continue to locate and rescue survivors;
Whereas, the continuing presence of survivors located on BolivarPeninsula will hamper and impede ongoing rescue efforts;
Whereas, the continuing presence of survivors located on Bolivar Peninsula will contribute to or exacerbate a public health emergency on Bolivar Peninsula; and
Whereas, Galveston County is facing extraordinary circumstances in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.
Now Therefore, it is hereby ORDERED by the CountyJudge of Galveston County, Texas, that:
all survivors located on BolivarPeninsula shall be and are hereby ORDERED to vacate BolivarPeninsula; and
this Order shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, on this, the 14th day of September, 2008.
James D. Yarbrough,
County Judge of
Galveston County, Texas