GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- A month after Hurricane Ike, piles of
Sheetrock, appliances, furniture and family mementos are dotting
most streets around Galveston, Texas.
Electronic road signs in southeast Texas warn drivers to "Watch
for cows next 20 miles," a reminder that few fences remain to hem
in livestock. Blue tarps cover 11,000 roofs for 100 miles from
Houston to the Louisiana line, and hundreds of people still aren't
Ike is the most expensive storm in Texas history, with an
estimated price tag of $11.4 billion so far.
A local official in Galveston thinks it's going to take a couple
of years to completely recover. Even now, about 10,000 homes don't
have electricity. It may be at least another month before some
people can turn the lights on again.