GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- Displaced residents of Galveston, Texas,
are ready to go back home, lining up 20 miles deep on Interstate 45
only to be told they aren't allowed on the island yet.
City and state officials are hoping to get those still on the
island after Hurricane Ike to leave. They're worried about the
growing threat of diseases.
The death toll from Ike has reached 50 around the country, and
seems to have leveled off in Texas. Search teams have left
Galveston, having checked on almost 6,000 people and performed more
than 3,500 rescues. Still, not everyone is accounted for.
In Houston, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says
the distribution of food and water is going smoothly. Just a day
before, the opposite was being said by local officials.