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The short - but eventful - life of Ike

In its brief lifespan of only 13 days, Hurricane Ike wreaked great deal of havoc. Affecting several countries including Cuba, Haiti, and the United States, Ike is blamed for approximately 114 deaths (74 in Haiti alone), and damages that are still being tallied, with estimates topping $10 billion. Many shoreline communities of Galveston, Texas were wiped from the map by the winds, storm surge and the walls of debris pushed along by Ike - though Galveston was spared the level of disaster it suffered in 1900. (28 photos total)

A horse grazes beside a house, surrounded by floodwater, near Winnie, Texas after Hurricane Ike, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008. Ike was the first major storm to directly hit a major U.S. metro area since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. (AP Photo/Pool, Smiley N. Pool)
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10302 comments so far...

Whoa - that single house...

Posted by Gerry Hastings September 15, 08 11:50 AM

Great photos

Posted by Hax Or September 15, 08 11:56 AM


Posted by C. Ryan Keller September 15, 08 12:00 PM

The power of nature, the reaction of people. Very strong pictures, great selection as ever

Posted by DLT September 15, 08 12:01 PM

All this pictures are very impressives.
Courage has all those affected by Hurricane!
Benead from France

PS: sorry if my English is not very good

Posted by Benead September 15, 08 12:02 PM

Amazing pictures as always Alan!

Posted by B September 15, 08 12:03 PM

wow. powerful images.

Posted by Anonymous September 15, 08 12:04 PM

Yeah, number 11... As amazing as all the photos here are, that one really stands out...

Posted by Stefan September 15, 08 12:09 PM

Those caskets! I'd heard about that, but only on The Big Picture would I see it!

Posted by M September 15, 08 12:10 PM

Yeah the one house that survived or could you even imagine your house becoming an island like the first photo?

Posted by Devon Barker September 15, 08 12:10 PM

Yeah #11 totally caught me by surprise, best of the lot.

Posted by Jared Tong September 15, 08 12:14 PM

photo 11 hit me start to really get it when you see something like that.

Posted by Jon September 15, 08 12:14 PM

god bless | good life

Posted by narasimha m murthy September 15, 08 12:20 PM

My heart goes out to the victims.
These dynamic photos are amost too painful to look at on a large computer screeen. Thank goodness Ike was short-lived!

Posted by Content in a Cottage September 15, 08 12:27 PM

These pictures are utterly fantastic. Not only are they great records of Ike's ability to destroy they are also great art.

Posted by Edward F. Peterson, DDS September 15, 08 12:34 PM

Unbeliveable photo shots! Bizaare in their beauty.

Posted by Tam September 15, 08 12:40 PM

American Beauty..

Posted by nanimo September 15, 08 12:41 PM

#11 is surealist. I cannot imagine the reaction of the neighboors.

Posted by September 15, 08 12:43 PM

Wow, just stunning images, I don't think the news has really conveyed the amount of damage Ike did.

Posted by Miles September 15, 08 12:46 PM

Unbelievable pictures...

Makes me wonder where all the news coverage was in comparison to the leadup to Gustav. Are we only worried about New Orleans? Where are the pleas for assistance? I wonder what it says about our political climate...All I've heard is about the impact on gas prices. What about these poor people whose lives are turned upside-down?

And to think I was worried about the 6" or rain we got in Chicago this past weekend and whether my basement would flood...

Posted by Kim September 15, 08 12:50 PM

wow - how awful

Posted by me September 15, 08 12:51 PM

Unbeleivable! I agree with number 11. Amazing how memories, lives and well-being can be blown away all in one night. I hope it all works out for all the families that lived in these areas that lost everything and they bounce back.

Posted by Gary N September 15, 08 12:58 PM

I must say, that number 1 and 14 are the ones that affect me the most...


Posted by Troels September 15, 08 01:20 PM

and you people still deny Global Warming?

Posted by Amazed at people who can't learn September 15, 08 01:31 PM


#11 is why I'll stick to living on the mainland here in Florida.

Amazing photos, as usual.

Posted by Viking September 15, 08 01:35 PM

Powerful photos...
...thousands of families will have to start all over again... I hope the governments make it easier for them... somehow..

Posted by TareX September 15, 08 01:40 PM

Yes, the house one of 11 and 13 affected me, but 24 was the one I was most shocked by. 6 feet under really isn't all that much I guess...and you know that some individuals will likely try to loot those. Having recently buried a relative, I can only imagine the horror of being told that they had floated to the surface and been ravaged.

Posted by Dave September 15, 08 01:42 PM

#2 stopped my heart! Can you imagine facing THAT?

Posted by JC September 15, 08 01:49 PM

And if American insurers have a grain of sense, they'll stop underwriting construction in vulnerable coastal areas. Alas, they've proven to lack that sense in the past.

Posted by David Traver Adolphus September 15, 08 01:54 PM


Posted by The Baltimore Babe September 15, 08 01:59 PM

Wow, some truly amazing, and touching photos. I feel for all those affected by this storm.


Posted by Jiff Jones September 15, 08 02:00 PM

Great photos and poor people...


Posted by Alex September 15, 08 02:07 PM

@Kim (#11): You won't hear any anguished cries for assistance, either. Texans are a hearty bunch with an indomitable will.

Case-in-point, in 2001 Tropical Storm Allison left parts of the city of Houston, including the critical medical district, entirely submerged. The waters accumulated as high as 30 feet in some cases around Interstate 10, greatly limiting outside assistance. Undoubtedly, some aid was given from the government, but most understood that if you really wanted to fix the mess, you were going to have to do it yourself. We got to work, avoided the media fiasco and focus, and got the city back on its feet in short order.

That's the key difference between Texas and Louisiana. Louisiana is a failed, pitiful excuse for a welfare state. Texans get their hands dirty.

Posted by Chris H September 15, 08 02:08 PM

I haven't heard a single report of New Orlean's opening their doors to help the people in the Houston area. . . maybe that's just a one way super highway.

Posted by Georgia September 15, 08 02:08 PM

Nicely edited!

Posted by Chroni September 15, 08 02:14 PM

@ Georgia, #34: As a former resident of New Orleans (though it's been a long time), i strongly doubt they're the best-equipped to help, even if they hadn't just had another (lesser) hurricane sweep through. Surely somewhere like Dallas would be better equipped (and i'm sure probably is doing its bit).

Posted by rob c September 15, 08 02:29 PM

Excellent set of photographs to remind everyone of the power of mother nature.

Makes me thankful to live in a country that doesn't have such extreme weather conditions.

Posted by MattR September 15, 08 02:33 PM

@ Chris H..

Is Houston below sea level? Didn't think so. It naturally drains. NOLA doesn't.

Why all this hate back and forth against NOLA. Seriously, what is the matter with you people?

Great shots, btw.. It's amazing how little coverage this is getting in the media. I guess texans would rather have their pride kill off those stupid enough not to evacuate than ask the country for some help.

Posted by gk September 15, 08 02:37 PM

As a professional who has been a proud resident of Louisiana and New Orleans for almost fifteen years, I just want to let the rest of the world know that New Orleanians are always ready to assist anyone in need and feel nothing but empathy and compassion for survivors of Ike. After deadling with Hurricane Gustav, we opened our arms to Ike evacuees and assistance has already been extended from groups and individuals from New Orleans. Residents of the Gulf Coast feel Hurricane empathy whether for their neighbors are in TX, MS, AL or Florida--especially those from New Orleans.

Not to subtract any of the tragedy from Hurricane Ike, but to those who feel it necessary to compare the experiences, losses or survivors of Katrina with any catastrophe do not have a firm grasp on the enormity, geographic anomolies or the fact that the devastation of Katrina in large part was caused by a catastrophic failure of infrastructure rather than a Hurricane. Those who lost to Katrina were from every social, ethnic, economic and political background and many are still struggling with the after-effects of the storm--poor and rich alike. I wanted to write not to those who choose to 'rabble rouse' based on misguidance or lack of information, but to those of you in the rest of the country and the world that might take away a negative perception of what is truly one of the best cities with the best people in the world, New Orleans.

Good Luck to everyone still recovering from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Posted by G. Cohan September 15, 08 02:47 PM

#34 Georgia - New Orleans can't help right now, even if it hadn't already lost much of its housing that is still not replaced. (See the NYT 8/31 article)

"Even though Ike spared Louisiana a direct hit, it unleashed a storm surge that reached 30 miles inland in places, flooding tens of thousands of homes and rendering many roads impassable." from the Times Picayune (9/15)

Posted by Sheila September 15, 08 02:51 PM

I think I'll take my chances with earthquakes, living in Southern California.

Posted by Steven September 15, 08 02:56 PM

I can't wait for the bs about it being devine intervention in 11

Posted by Matt September 15, 08 03:03 PM

God Bless all those affected by these devastating hurricanes & storms; yes Louisiana still has some dreggs of unscrupulous people in charge of our gov.system. We do have one who is trying to clean up this state(Gov.Bobby Jindal;He has come along way from what blanco & Mary L. has done;lining their pockets.) But not all louisianians are a sad lot (There are most of us who Do pick up our own bootstraps & Do get our Hands dirty;and take care of ourselves. (We may be a poor state; but we helpout /& Volunteer more than any of the rich hollywood types who fly around in Jets. We give from our own mouths,and clothes off our backs to help others in need. This is a praying state,and its GODS country.We dont vote to abort babies;we vote Gods will-> for
life. Not all people can be judged on the actions of a few!

Posted by Katherine September 15, 08 03:15 PM

@ Chris H

Modest. You forgot modest. Texans are very modest; not at all prone to bragging or bongo-chesting.

Posted by CajunViking September 15, 08 03:18 PM

Wow! For people that still think there is no God.... they better think again! There is a God and He is in control!! My prayers go out to all who are effected by this massive storm -- remember though, the only treasures we can take with us to heaven are our children!

Posted by Monica Riga September 15, 08 03:18 PM

Did anyone save the horse in picture 1? Poor baby. How is it eating? Sadly, hese visuals are looking all too familiar in the past few years.

Posted by Al September 15, 08 03:38 PM

@gk (#38): You're right, it isn't, and the "fishbowl effect" as they call it is arguably New Orleans' greatest challenge as it pertains to removing floodwater. Houston, on the other hand, while not below sea level, still floods quite easily thanks to the high water table in the area. Also keep in mind that a receding flood can arguably do more harm than good.

You're welcome to disagree with my assessment of Louisiana, but if you saw what we saw in the aftermath of Katrina - busload upon busload of ungrateful, rude, ill-tempered, and entitled refugees actively refusing or chiding for being inadequate the hospitality and generosity of Houston area volunteers - and did not come away with a similar impression, you sir are a better man than I.

Posted by Chris H September 15, 08 03:40 PM

was #5 what #11 looked like before....or sort of?....very sad.....will pray for all these people...we were just lucky down in florida ike didn't come our way.....

Posted by EsterD September 15, 08 03:42 PM

For those of you offering your kind words and prayers, we appreciate them sincerely! Texans will fix our problems quickly as we always do, and we appreciate the help from our neighbors to the east in LA. For those of you looking to make a political statement within 48 hours of this natural disaster, please go f u c k yourself! Especially you #24...if you think man made global warming causes hurricanes, then please tell me why they have been happening on this planet for millions of years. We in the Houston/Galveston area have been blessed that it has been over 20 years since our last big storm, and I pray that it doesn't happen again for another 20+.

Posted by clinging to our guns and religion September 15, 08 03:52 PM


Posted by Tish September 15, 08 03:55 PM

#14 is spooky.

fantastic. thanks for sharing.

Posted by Tiago Costa September 15, 08 03:56 PM

Seems these disasters keep getting worse. I wonder if December 12th 2012 there will be a world disaster as the planets are going to all line up and cause MAJOR dissasters around the globe. Scientist say the planets will line up on that day, the scary part is the Mymes calendar just so happens to stop on that day.

My heart goes out to all in Texas, and any where there's a disaster. Shame on you # 33, not all in Louisiana are lying on thier back sides collecting welfare checks.

Posted by Jill September 15, 08 03:58 PM

Chris H #47 I am sorry for your Katrina experience. On the flip side, in Georgia, I saw many grateful people who unfortunately were, at times, treated no better than livestock (or people in a refugee camp - remembering these are fellow US citizens) in their efforts to get their lives back in order. We forget that what people need most during these trying times is a hug, someone to listen, patience and understanding (and some dry underwear-basics). They want their lives back to normal, just as any of us would. They want to go home, just as we all would. They don't want their dignity taken from them, just as we would not. And we never know when it might indeed be us. They are us. They just might not have the means to evacuate and then rebuilld their live as we think we might have.

Posted by Al September 15, 08 03:59 PM

Amazingly powerful. I hope when they rebuild, they rebuild to a new standard, one that will do better in withstanding this type of disaster. Take some extra time, spend a couple extra dollars. Its tough to watch the wolf blow over the houses built of sticks & straw.

Posted by House of brick September 15, 08 04:05 PM

New Orleans is a great place to visit -- the folks there are warm and friendly. I live on the west side of Houston, and probably would have thought of staying there had Ike hit to the west of us. NO really needs to do something about its mayor, though. Case in point: google "Ray Nagin Special Rate".

Thanks to the rest of the country for helping us in the recovery efforts. News stories documented assistance from the Colorado rescue and relief teams. Note that 40% of Galveston did not follow mandatory evacuation. Not including the elderly and those unable to evacuate themselves, "thank yous" go out to all of those who came to help our stupid people in Galveston. True, NO is below sea level and Houston drains, but Galveston is an island.

Lastly, this mess is not over yet. Downtown Houston is closed until further notice and many residents in the Houston metro area are still without power. Yes, insurance claims will be numerous, but lets not forget that this was an unusually large storm that has already claimed deaths in Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky. Thanks for your prayers.

Posted by Adam September 15, 08 04:06 PM

Funny how after every natural disaster we have people who loudly proclaim that their imagined deity exists and is in total control of our lives and world. Fortunately, as an Atheist, I realize that these hurricanes and tropical storms are not driven by any higher power and therefore I don't take the damage they cause personally. I would think that the tragic results caused by these forces of nature would make we humans think twice about living on or near the coast. Rather than use reason, many people seem to fall back on superstition & find a way to claim that the destruction caused by hurricanes is simply their "god's" judgment on we poor sinners and we better get right or their angry, vengeful god will send even more death and destruction out of love and concern for our well-being. Sorry, I don't buy such BS that ignores reality & does nothing to prepare residents for the next storm that will eventually come. If a belief in your imagined deity helps you cope with a difficult life and an impersonal feeling world, then go ahead & believe but don't expect the rest of us to fall for this line of faulty thought. Humans are resilient and will rebuild, both in New Orleans and in Houston.

Posted by Robert C September 15, 08 04:13 PM

Yikes... I wish I could do something to help????
So grateful to live in Canada...

Posted by SK in Canada September 15, 08 04:18 PM

Toutes mes pensées cordiales et chaleureuses vont vers ceux et celles qui ont été touchées dans leur coeur et dans leur chair meurtris.
Beaucoup de gens en France pensent et prient pour que tout soit effacé et reconstruit afin que chacun retrouve un foyer et la dignité.

God blesses you.

Patrick from Paris in France

Posted by Patrick Plaisance September 15, 08 04:24 PM

Sorry if it sounds cold-hearted, but it's very hard to feel sorry for people who build houses mere yards from the shoreline in an area infamous for hurricanes. How do they even get insurance? People who knowingly put themselves in harm's way and then put others at risk who have to go rescue them should get scorn and contempt, not praise and sympathy. If they rebuild in the same place, they deserve whatever happens to them next time. And there will be a next time.

Posted by John September 15, 08 04:35 PM

These are awesome pics! Just a reminder that we should all live to appreciate. My prayers go out to all of the people in those areas. I live in San Antonio,and I thank God that we are able to supply services to these people in this time of need! May
God Bless them and be with them!

Posted by Gen September 15, 08 04:35 PM

i have been thru a hurricane and will not do so again. my personal opinion is if an evacuation order has been issued and anyone stays of their own free will and has to be rescued after the storm, they should be financially responsible for all expenses incurred for their rescue. this is ridiculous, here in texas and in louisiana. we are spending hundreds of thousand of dollars to rescue people that should not have been there anyway. i feel the same for new orleans. they were told to get out but most wanted to stay and loot. they should have evacuated. i remember being taught 40 years ago in school that new orleans is below sea level and would flood someday. wake up people, it is NOT the governments responsiblity to wipe your nose and ass. grow up or move out of the USA>

Posted by W Burns September 15, 08 04:35 PM

Very indible!! and bad for these habitants

Posted by You and me a only one person,, I love you so much September 15, 08 04:37 PM

So glad I live in West Texas, I don't understand what makes people live in places that get pounded like that, even if it is decades between disasters. Then again, I get tired of droughts and wind storms that rip off people's roof - still, it's nothing like the destruction caused by massive storms such as Ike, et al.
Thankfully, most of the people I know from that area evacuated - though I wish it had been everyone safe and sound.

Posted by Nicky H September 15, 08 04:42 PM

I don't even know what to say.... And I was complaing about bweing without power for 24 hours because of Ike....

Posted by Nicole Hernandez September 15, 08 04:58 PM

#56 And what a miserable, sad, vengeful deity he/she must be, to unlease such calmity on innocent people. If he IS, then I don't like him. He does not deserve my love, never mind my time or money. You keep praying and I will keep doing.

Posted by Judyv12306 September 15, 08 05:01 PM

14 is eerie

Posted by Grant September 15, 08 05:08 PM

Unbelievable. I am going to pass on this web site address to family and friends. Hopefully, they will pause and say a prayer for everyone affected by Mother Nature's fury.

Posted by Juana P. September 15, 08 05:10 PM

I am from Moldova and it is sad,very sad story from USA (((

Posted by Moldova September 15, 08 05:11 PM

Amazing images. Absolutely stunning.

Posted by Khristopher September 15, 08 05:12 PM

I'm speechless. SO Disturbing and Sad!

Posted by Debby Reid September 15, 08 05:16 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 15, 08 05:21 PM

OMG! I feel so sorry for Texans! I went through powerful Hurricane Andrew in Miami in '92 so I know how it is. The difference, we didn't have flooding. But the destruction was horrendous.

Posted by Spanish Steps September 15, 08 05:22 PM


Posted by dude September 15, 08 05:22 PM

If you want to help, give to the Red Cross to help with the next disaster which may well be where you live. I am a resident of Tiki Island, TX and do not yet know the status of home. I am thankful to have safely evacuated with what I need, and appreciate all the kind thoughts seen here from all over the world. Houston is the largest city in the South, and by far the largest on the Gulf Coast. It is entirely logical that we would be best equipped to help others, and ourselves.

I spend a great deal of time in New Orleans. That city faces many challenges, the worst of which tend to be within it's political leadership, on both sides of the left/right fence. I have found the people of New Orleans to be among the warmest I've met anywhere in the world, and I wouldn't change a thing about them. It's a wonderful place, I suggest a trip there to find out for yourself.

Posted by Mike D. September 15, 08 05:24 PM

my guess is photo #11 is a steel framed house. does anyone know?

Posted by wayne sulecki September 15, 08 05:32 PM

I pray for these families and am shocked by the damage Ike has done to our TX coast. I, thankfully, live north of Dallas, and just saw some rain and wind. Nothing like this. Our coast is so beautiful and charming. Hate to see it in ruins like this. Hope to see it up and running again, and power on and safe for residents to return. God Speed our love.

Posted by SleepyAVON September 15, 08 05:32 PM

those bless their souls!

Posted by MissD September 15, 08 05:33 PM

#17 is a flasher out after the storm looking to get his sick jollies.

Posted by Pete September 15, 08 05:34 PM

Robert C,
Who created 'nature' that you speak of? Or how? Did it just all of a sudden appear? The 4 seasons just happened to form to balance each other out by chance....or a loud bang. right? Where is the realistic in that? Or the reason behind that? What a simple explanation you live just....happened. Great voice of reason. I completely understand where you are coming from with a lot of peoples reaction to natural disasters like this. I do not think that God "smited" thee in regards to NOLA or Galveston. I do think this is just a part of natures cycle. But I am a believer, and I do believe that God created nature. Please dont fall into the cynical trap of not believing just because you think that means you are weak-minded.

Posted by bueller9 September 15, 08 05:37 PM

My heart goes out to the people whose lives got affected with this disaster. Great photos btw. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Posted by Shashi September 15, 08 05:38 PM

Simply wow.

Posted by Crystal September 15, 08 05:39 PM

Wow, to all the people who are bitter towards New Orleans, I don't understand it.

I stayed with friends in Houston during hurricane Katrina, and they were much more gracious than what I'm seeing coming from Texans here. We offered those friends, and all of our friends in Houston our home during this Storm. They told us that they were told not to evacuate, and so they didn't come here, but the offer was made, just as it was made during Rita.

To try and draw some distinction between people in Texas and those in Louisiana based on a disaster like this is despicable really. There are good and bad in both states. I don't think those making these comments about how texans get their hands dirty and louisianians don't quite realize what some people around here came back to after Katrina. One of the families we offered refuge to during Ike was a family from here who's house was submerged in oil and chemicals, and who's former land will not be habitable for 30 years. Should they have just "gotten their hands dirty" and stayed here? No they moved to Texas, where I suppose they'll have to learn to get their hands dirty.

Posted by Roger September 15, 08 05:41 PM

Impressive shots, terrible event!!!


Posted by Giò September 15, 08 05:41 PM

Pictures are amazing. #17 is my old apartment complex and sits right on Offatts Bayou. The unit I lived in was flooded. Thank goodness I moved into town. My hearts go out to everyone who lost someone or something in this storm. I was lucky, I only lost power for 3 days.

Thank you to all the towns who sent cherry pickers to help put up power lines, bulldozers to help clean up debris, and supplies to restock our stores.

To those who think we should build better: any house must be built to withstand 140 mph winds. The problem becomes the storm surge. The power of 15 feet of water and waves is amazing.

Posted by Courtney September 15, 08 05:43 PM

It's amazing that coastal communities don't learn their lessons from storms like Andrew (which I lived through, 2 months with no electricity) and Katrina and do something to be better prepared. I guess that for every community like Galveston and New Orleans and Homestead, they have to have their mass destruction in order to make things better afterwards. Amazing pictures...but sad.

Posted by Eleftheria September 15, 08 05:47 PM

Comment #24 -- YOU are an idiot! So that hurricane in 1900, was that Global warming as well?

Great pics though, thanks for sharing.

Posted by Tod September 15, 08 05:48 PM

God is coming soon....the rapture is approaching all these events are just the beginining of whats to come!
Get to church and recieve god and jesus christ as your savior!

Posted by Kat<3 September 15, 08 05:49 PM

That you Boston, for sharing these photos . Looks strangely alot like Camille and Katrina's hits along the Mississippi Gulf coast...

What a shame that some people use this forum as a place to spread hate and bully anyone who was victimized by any storm...
My prayers to everyone in Texas and Lousiana , Chicago and Ohio who were hit by this storm system..

Posted by carrie Lee September 15, 08 05:50 PM

Those are some sad pictures and i will be praying for those families that lost everything due to that awful hurricane!!

Posted by Brittnie Horn September 15, 08 05:52 PM

I just find it hard to believe that some of you guys are like, "WOW, great photos..." - it's weird that some of your comments seem to center around the fact that they're 'great compositions' rather than the actual devastation that has actually occurred.

That's like seeing a photo of someone who just died in a car crash and saying, "Wow, great photo!"


Posted by Aliver September 15, 08 05:56 PM

For the delusional lady who posted in post #45about how this is proof that her deity exists; replace the word "god" with "nature" and you will be one step closer to sanity and rational thought. With your obvious lack of intelligent reasoning controlling your thinking, maybe you should be better off living with Palin in Wasila or even Saudi Arabia. There you will find many other brainwashed believers in the supernatural. For everyone else who has there doubts, just go back and reread the first couple of paragraphs in the old testament to remind you that the entire book is a made up fable written by people who didn't even know that germs existed or what space was.

Posted by Ryan September 15, 08 05:59 PM

I must say hese are images with discription-Very impress

Posted by sunab September 15, 08 06:00 PM

God had nothing to do with the pictures above. So stop trying to blame someone or something. As for evacuating, for those of you who haven't been watching the news, many of the stranded did try to evacuate. The storm surge from Ike was beyond anything they had seen down there in 100 years. When people went to evacuate 24 hours before the storm on Bolivar Peninsula, the water was already so high that evacuating was impossible. Yes, some people do refuse to leave and for them I have little sympathy. But don't pass judgement until you have walked in someone else's shoes... There are natural disasters everywhere... tornadoes in tornado alley... earthquakes in California and beyond... hurricanes along the coast... should we point fingers and blame all of these people for living in areas that are disaster or storm prone or should we reach out and help people in need? I always find it sad that some people seem to have so much time on their hands that they can sit here and type disparaging comments about people that have been devastated. If you have that much time on your hands, why don't you get out there and volunteer your time to help people in need?

Posted by ally smith September 15, 08 06:19 PM

#18 - So that's where I put my boat.

Seriously though that is horrible. It reminds of the big one in Florida. I hope they are able to recover. Cancer Treatment

Posted by John September 15, 08 06:20 PM


Posted by elizabeth walsh September 15, 08 06:20 PM

yet another disaster during the Bush years...what a sh*t-luck president

Posted by matelot September 15, 08 06:24 PM

Based upon the history here in Louisiana, I can understand the reticence of those not wanting to leave. After Katrina and Rita, many folks were not allowed to go back to their homes for weeks, if not months, after leaving for what they thought was a few days. Many think it is better to stay with your property, than leave it for months unguarded, and start anew elsewhere.

#11 reminded me of Holly Beach, in Cameron Parish after Rita. Nothing left but pilings, except for the one odd house. Mother nature is powerful.

Posted by Greg September 15, 08 06:31 PM

I feel so sorry for those people but I don't get why people live in those areas. I just hope everyone is okay. It must be horrible for people to go through that. I'm just happy that people I know evacuated when everyone else did. May God bless everyone....the people who didn't evacuate, the people who did, the people who are setting up shelters, and for the authority trying to find people who didn't evacuate. I will be praying for everyone. God Bless America!!!!!

Posted by Sassy September 15, 08 06:34 PM

Many moving pics: the lone house, the horse, the kitty caught in the tree. My heart goes out to all who have been affected. Know how it feels. Katrina hit my family pretty hard in LA. The power that could be unleashed on us all is enough to sober the most obstinate disbeliever.... That person who said it was bs should take this as a warning: Not punishment but a warning to avoid punishment for us all....

Posted by MSC Creel September 15, 08 06:45 PM

amazing photos

Posted by rian September 15, 08 06:54 PM

Haven't heard anything about the tanker that was stranded off the coast of Galvaston and was in direct path of Ike. conditions were too dangerous for rescue crews to assist the tanker. Did the tanker and crew survive?

Posted by b. klinner September 15, 08 06:57 PM

@ Chris "Texans will get their hands dirty"

Yeah, and everybody else's too. Keep your dirt to yourself please; generalizations about states, man-made conceptual borders that are relatively recent and overlain on many a people before the current immigrants took over.
Look a little bigger, maybe on a planetary or universal level for a minute; your comments are small-minded and useless.

Posted by Courtney in Austin September 15, 08 06:58 PM

..........Does anyone even remember what happened to the people of Punta Gorda...Port Charlotte...and Northport , Florida......although a much smaller hurts us all the same if it is your community...seeing it news reports and papers is NOT even close to reality when/if you must live among/rebuild the shambles and pick up and go on...ONLY when you are in those SHOES does the devastation totally hit you.......and you feel humbled and glad to be spared.........

Posted by Paula September 15, 08 07:00 PM

For those who don't get why we live in these areas....

Maybe we should all just move to your town. I'm sure there's plenty of room.

Posted by Roger September 15, 08 07:03 PM

I believe photo # 7 is not access road 523, but actually the 332 bridge intercoastal canal crossing, see here:

can anyone confirm?

Posted by Sean September 15, 08 07:22 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 15, 08 07:23 PM

#93: Bingo. It's odd that this country blames or attributes things like storms to God. It's comical, and small minded beyond words.

Posted by Brad September 15, 08 07:25 PM

Vivid images that helped me understand the level and nature of the damage better than any written account.

A picture is worth a thousand words even when we don't like what they say.

Posted by Yanqui September 15, 08 07:29 PM

Dang, this is an awesome photographic record of a catastrophic event. I had to look at these photos twice--unbelievable!

I followed this storm closely on the news for the many days that it developed; I don't have television so all I had was the internet to inform me of what was going on. I did notice that many people were not taking the evacuation orders very seriously, and in fact it showed people out frolicking in the swell and taking pictures, etc., when the waves were already crashing two stories high.

There will always be people who ignore orders to evacuate in a storm. It may seem crazy, but that's just human nature. It's also human nature to want to live in a beautiful area next to the ocean, and so on. However, it does make sense that those who refuse to evacuate in the fact of a looming catastrophe would have to share some of the financial burden. It isn't fair that a fireman or guardsman would have to risk his or her life to save someone who is too stubborn to leave when it's obvious that he should, although I know that they (the firefighters) don't really mind.

Anyway, these are great photos and very interesting. Thanks for posting them. :)

Posted by Scarlett September 15, 08 07:30 PM

Your web site is new to me and wonderful. I have bookmarked you and will always depend on your site for pics and truth.

Posted by Fred Von During September 15, 08 07:44 PM

My mom and I tried to identify the homes in your photos because we are from Winnie, TX. Thanks for the coverage.

Posted by Amy Simon September 15, 08 07:58 PM

#59 is a reak JERK!

Posted by Anonymous September 15, 08 08:00 PM

Are we missing the bigger picture ,are we being blind to what we are actually causing , is the alligator, going to be the only animal to be roaming our streets.
wake up and see the reality
Thank you for a faboulous insite into what has happened
our hearts and prayers go out to each of the afflicted that they may bear the loss and recover soon.

Posted by zarryl lobo September 15, 08 08:01 PM

Those photos are super ,nice job :) My heart goes out to all the people who lost their homes and everything in them! I am very greatful noone lost their lives , material things can always be replaced a life can not ! God Bless :)

Posted by Sues September 15, 08 08:02 PM

This goes to show that you NEVER underestimate the immense power that mother nature holds against us. This is reality and it seriously cannot get any worst than this. These images give me goosebumps; it seriously raises concern as to how much power this planet carries, the very own soil we live on can be taken away with one of natures most powerful forces.

God bless those who have lived this tragedy and my prayers goes out to the families who have lost loved ones against this unstoppable creature.

Posted by Chris September 15, 08 08:04 PM

For those who don't understand why we live in areas that are prone to getting hit by hurricanes...the same question can be asked of those that live in areas with fault lines that tend to have earthquakes, areas with volcanos - no matter how dormant, tornados, droughts, blizzards, and the list could go on and on. The one thing that we have here on the coast is a much greater warning of the danger coming that people in those other areas do not have, so we can pack up and leave if we choose to do so, and have a lesser loss of life and belongings. As far as Texans "getting their hands dirty" I happen to be a Texan by birth that was transplanted to the New Olreans area when I was 3 years old. I, myself, will get my hands dirty and do what needs to be done in order to recover from these disasters, and this isn't just because I was born in Texas. Whoever it was that said this, well, you are another of those that enjoys stereotyping people. Many people here in the New Orleans area are not afraid to get their hands dirty at all, and in fact, have gotten their hands so dirty that the dirt may not ever come off!

As far as New Orleans aiding Texas in their evacuation, we did offer as much as we could. Do some people forget that on September 1, 2008 New Orleans got the east side of Hurricane Gustav? We still have people here with no electricity and debris that needs to be removed and the storm took place less than two weeks before Hurricane Ike. Our police officers are still in "Emergency Mode" and have been working up to 128 hours per week...yes, I did type PER WEEK!

For those friends and family of mine in the areas that Ike damaged as well as those that I don't know that are considered fellow neighbors, as well as fellow humans, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this time of recovery for you. And do NOT let those people that don't understand why we live where we do discourage you from rebuilding, whether you rebuild where you lived before Ike or choose another place.

Posted by Tonya September 15, 08 08:08 PM

@Kim (#11): That's the key difference between Texas and Louisiana. Louisiana is a failed, pitiful excuse for a welfare state. Texans get their hands dirty.

Posted by Chris H September 15, 08 02:08 PM

I haven't heard a single report of New Orlean's opening their doors to help the people in the Houston area. . . maybe that's just a one way super highway.

Posted by Georgia September 15, 08 02:08 PM

I find these two posts amazing. Instead of sending love and support to Texans, who really need it right now, these two posters are bashing NOLA?!?!?!

FYI, Most of SWLA was hit with storm surge as bad as TX was. It's kinda hard to open your doors to others when your house is under water, and the highway isn't one-way; it's flooded. This is LA's second storm in less than three weeks. Give a break!

Nevertheless, NOLA residents who are in a position to do so (i. e. they are not cleaning muck out of their houses) have ALREADY begun providing financial and physical assistance to TX residents. They are grateful for the support they received from the Houston area in particular and have the advantage of recent experience to help them know what people will need.

Finally, I really find the "holier-than-thou" tone of the first post ridiculous. At least NOLA residents learned from experience and "got the hell out of Dodge" when a Cat 3/4 storm threatened. Why were so many Texans left stranded on barrier islands and peninsulas barely escaping from houses that ended up looking like matchsticks after the surge? My point is that nobody's perfect. Instead of being sanctimonious, give your help and concern for all the victims of this year's hurricane season. People in FL, LA, and TX have had their lives devastated by Fay, Gustav, and Ike. Can't we show some love?

Posted by kay September 15, 08 08:09 PM

Scary.... i hope they all recover from this soon. :(

Posted by Tahira September 15, 08 08:18 PM

Someone commented earlier about the steel frame house. I do hope that if and when people rebuild on the devastated parts of Bolivar Peninsula they do so with both steel frame and concrete blocks. Concrete holds up better to hurricane force winds and is more likely to survive the effects of storm surge. Plus it has the advantage, if properly built, of staying cooler in the summer heat. Even if only the load-bearing walls are build this way, TX residents would have a better chance of finding their homes still in place after a cat 2 or even cat 3 storm.

Posted by Caribbean Observer September 15, 08 08:26 PM

That girl in the last photo deserves to cry.

Posted by Bob Hope September 15, 08 08:30 PM

please show more of sabine pass

Posted by jennifer September 15, 08 08:31 PM

New challenges, builds strength.
We are with you Texas.

Posted by Nirmal September 15, 08 08:32 PM

Does anybody have pictures of West Orange or Beaumont? We don't get anything but Houston and Galveston on the news here in Houston, and all of our family is in Orange/Beaumont area. They each evacuated but don't know anything except "don't come back yet."

Posted by Debbie September 15, 08 08:33 PM

I'm sure you don't want to hear some hippie complain, but in photograph #16, the oils slicks in the water, that is unreal. You can use the rig to truly understand scale. The homes will be rebuilt, the water will evaporate, and life will never be the same. However, oil doesn't evaporate, or dissipate when embodied in water molecules. There will be devastation for the animals in the oily water for time to come, after the town puts Ike behind them.

Posted by Shelly September 15, 08 08:34 PM

OMG not the cemetaries

Posted by Linda Miller September 15, 08 08:35 PM

New challenges, builds strength.
We are with you Texas.

Posted by Nirmal September 15, 08 08:36 PM

Sad, but spectactular!!

Posted by Nancy Feeman September 15, 08 08:42 PM

#11 reminds me of the scene in "Gone With the Wind" when Scarlett goes to the hospital to get Dr. Meade to deliver Melanie's baby and the camera pans out to show the thousands of soldiers waiting for treatment and Scarlett is in the middle of it all.

Wonderful compilation as always.

And I think you should build your house where you want to. But if there is a mandatory evacutaion order don't put the responders at risk, and increase the $ burden, and distract from other recovery efforts by staying. There was plenty of notice with this storm.

Posted by denheels September 15, 08 08:44 PM

To those who offered their prayers and condolences--thank you.
To those who chose to voice their ill-willed opinions here, shame on you. This is a situation that caused thousands to lose their homes, millions to lose power, and billions of dollars in damage. As a resident of this area, I would rather see more concern for the people affected by the storm than a concentration on stereotyping and political and religious debates. Any aid would be very welcomed--the Red Cross is accepting donations.
I'm glad these pictures were posted, even if they are painful (I know most of these places deeply). They will help to bring recognition to this storm that was largely ignored by the media.

Posted by Amy September 15, 08 08:54 PM


Posted by JOE BLOW September 15, 08 09:05 PM

Well, like the pets and animals left behind after Katrina, I am worried about the horse and the cat pictured above. Have they received any help? These images, and especially the ones of the helpless animals that are so dependent on us humans, haunt me.

Posted by Peggy Dixon September 15, 08 09:30 PM

I am a Hurricane Katrina surivior. The pictures here are so familiar, but different towns. I pray for those who lost their homes and hope they have the courage to rebuild or relocate. I feel your pain, lost and despair. Always remember that you can and will go on. It'll be hard for a long time, but in time, you will prevail. I hope this experience, as bad as it is, makes you a stronger person. Love the day and let the people you love KNOW that you love them.

Posted by Lisa King September 15, 08 09:34 PM

It's utterly tragic !

Hopefully, the building codes will be tightened. There are a few houses that made it among a street of destroyed homes. I'd be looking for that contractor !

Just think, this was far from a Cat 5.

Posted by D. Moore September 15, 08 09:37 PM


Posted by W September 15, 08 09:37 PM

The pictures are great.

As a former Houstonian and someone whose daughters, other family members, and friends live there, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hang in there and persevere and just remember people are here to help you.

There are still areas without power and don't know when they will get it. The damage is devastating all over the areas and it will take several months to get it back to some kind of normalcy. Some schools will be closed till Wednesday and others will be longer. It is a day by day basis.

The people desperately need WATER. If anyone knows a retailer that can ship it down there, they would greatly appreciate it. When temperatures are in the 90's and higher, water is of utmost importance to keep the people from dehydrating and possibly having heat strokes.

Donations are still needed through the Red Cross or any other agency that is sending funds to Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Gustav people.

Posted by Carol September 15, 08 09:43 PM

The first picture gives new meaning to the old saying "no man is an island"

Posted by Heidi September 15, 08 09:46 PM

ours was one of the ones that got blown away in gilchrist! I had a lifetime of memories there. Everything must come to an end.

Posted by Ken September 15, 08 09:48 PM

Would it be possible to get photos of Orange, north Orange, and the area around the Little Cypress schools on your sight? We have many friends from there and wonder how the area has held up. During Rita all we heard about was areas other than Beaumont and Orange. even though those areas were hit terribly hard. We are sorry for all those that have suffered loss, but would like to know how our old friend "Orange" has sustained another big hit.

Posted by John September 15, 08 09:50 PM

John, from what I've seen of this blog, once the photos are posted, Alan doesn't make any changes except for editorial corrections of the captions. If you want to see photos from Orange, you'll have to either wait for another day or find a different source.

Speaking of different sources, the Houston Chronicle has a lot of Ike photos up:

Posted by The Fool September 15, 08 10:22 PM

Fantastic pictures,thanks! I live on Dauphin Island, Alabama (on the east end) and we saw this kind of devistation on our little island during Ivan and Katrina, but were spared from Gustav and Ike. We evacuated for Gustav, but got caught by rapidly rising water over our only road off the island by Ike. Thank God all we got was a shower and loss of power for a couple of hours. The power of a hurricane like this, especially the storm surge, defies comprehension. I pray for the recovery of all the people that had their lives altered so drastically by this storm. I felt the frustration of being in long lines waiting for water and food after Katrina, and the folks of Galveston will make it thru this. Maybe next time ALL of them will find a way out of harm's way

Posted by john whitt September 15, 08 10:24 PM

Hey No. 112, you don't smell so good either!

Posted by A. N. Other September 15, 08 10:25 PM

These pictures are so excellent and yet so sad. i dont even really know what to say except that I hope and pray for the best for everyone involved. Its so horrible how nature can be so strong and dammaging. My heart goes out to all of you. God bless!

P.S...What don't kill you will only make you stronger!

Posted by Snowy in Ontario,Canada September 15, 08 10:29 PM

Honestly, there are no comparisons between storm. The effect of losing your home, your neighborhood, people you love, having to be uprooted and live somewhere unfamiliar for months (and some may not even return) is devastating NO MATTER WHAT THE NAME OF THE STORM. I speak from experience.

Andrew, Wilma, Katrina, Ike and whatever other hurricane names you want to throw in there all did the same thing and it hurts.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the recent storms and I only hope that when evacuation orders are given people take them seriously, even if they were for naught.

P.S. I'm sorry, but I have to say the following because it's an issue that politicians are pushing. Photo #16. The Oil Slick. Bad news. It's going to cost to clean that mess. And they (Politicians) want to start drilling off Florida's and other coastlines. I don't think it's a good idea.

Posted by Vera September 15, 08 10:31 PM

My, oh my...#11 is incredible...I cannot imagine that sort of destruction. Amazing.

Posted by Michael September 15, 08 10:33 PM

How terrible- My heart goes out to all those folks who lost their homes-I am glad the loss of live was minimal- Houses can be rebuilt but we never get over the loss of a loved one-

Posted by Millie Dunaway September 15, 08 10:35 PM

wow that picture with the one house that looks unharmed is incredible.

Posted by will September 15, 08 10:55 PM

My family and I have spent the past three days cleaning up the damage to our house and property in North Houston (a non-evac zone) and have only had access to our battery operated radio - thank goodness for 740 KTRH. We are all from the Galveston area and these are the first pictures we have seen of the devastation (our power just came back on). The pictures are incredible but at the devastation pains my heart. We are thankful that we are all safe - houses can be rebuilt......

On a side note, I've read a lot of the comments and there were very few mandatory evacuation orders this time (unlike Rita where 4 million people were trying to evacuate at the same time). The one problem I see is that this time the mandatory evacs came too late to get everyone out. For the city and county leaders its a hard call to make. Who really knows where a hurricane is going to hit until it's too late?

Posted by Jodi September 15, 08 11:01 PM

To answer comment #101, I read that the ship survived the storm and the crew are safe, so at least there's a little good news.

Anyone who wants to help can donate to the Red Cross, which I understand has gone into debt trying to help out after Gustav.

Posted by Catherine R. September 15, 08 11:09 PM

Pictures that made me think about how short life is. Everything is temporary no matter where you live and we all have to face this fact. In these experiences compassion is needed more than critical remarks. I'm just thankful that more lives were not lost. God is good even when bad things happen.

Posted by Louie September 15, 08 11:13 PM

Picture number 18 of the cat in the tree haunts me.
The look of misery and fear on his face is probably reflected in
thousands of human and animal faces alike in the wake of Ike.
I know how it feels having stood outside in the wake of Ivan saying
a prayer of thanks for surviving and looking around in awe at the
devastation to my town.
God Bless you Texans for what you will have to face in the coming weeks.

Posted by Santarosa September 15, 08 11:15 PM

We all feel sorry for everyone who had effects from Ike~our heart goes out to you all. These are incredible pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Corinda Anderson September 15, 08 11:18 PM

To all of you effected by Gustav and Ike, my thoughts are with you. I am from Nebraska and I have no idea what it would be like but have seen the effects. My Husband has been in Louisianna and was just sent to Texas to help all of you with the power. So please when you see those men out there helping you restore your city a simple thank you is all it takes. My husband talks about the things he has seen and it upsets him very much and that is why he is there. It is a terrible thing to think of small children or of any of you out of power water food. He is there helping you.. I haven't seen may husband for 3 weeks, but i no is is doing a wonderful thing. Soo....I wish you all the best of luck and my prayers are with you all

Posted by Nebraska September 15, 08 11:22 PM

I read some posts that said people who build so close to the water deserved what they get. I guess with those thoughts we shouldn't build in states that have frequent tornadoes, states that have rivers running them them that could flood or states that are vunerable to earthquakes. Natural diasters will always occur in all parts of our country so we need to have a little more understanding and a lot more sympathy for anyone that endures these type of events. My heart goes out to all of those affected by this storm.

Posted by Anna September 15, 08 11:22 PM

I love the mountains, the ocean front is not for me. It will be a long time to recover. God bless those who lived there.

Posted by Bob Appleman--OKLA September 15, 08 11:23 PM

Only about 140,000 people stayed out of MILLIONS who left. Most stayed because of Rita's experience. Also, a general opinion from the multiple people I talked to (work, school) most people agree that if you were stupid enough to stay behind under a mandatory evacuation, you should have to pay for your own rescue. As for experiences in Dallas, evacuees have come rudely most of the time. While they are greatful ones there seems to be just as many ungrateful ones. For example not calling your distant cousin to say your bringing over 15 families to stay in your home when there is a hotel across the street. And on top of that they want you to clean up after them and take care of them and continue to work 6 days a week like my co-worker. It's a stressful time for everyone nearby.

Posted by Morgan September 15, 08 11:37 PM

I finally got around to looking at this..... glad I did! Its strange how I got the perception from the news and The Weather Channel that Ike was a bust of a storm. But I don't think I'd know the difference between these pictures and ones from Katrina

Posted by Ryan Lueck September 15, 08 11:55 PM

To those that question why a person choses to live on the Gulf, walking his beach at sunrise and sunset, enjoying the fishing and restful lifestyle MOST of the time. we can not come up with a reason you would understand, and for that....I am grateful ! It would be more crowded if you understood what we see.

Posted by john whitt September 16, 08 12:08 AM

#24, hurricanes aren't caused by global warming. This is not the first time Galveston has been nailed.

Posted by Colorado Native September 16, 08 12:24 AM

Such powerful photos... you really captured the devastation and loss and made it real for those of us who feel so far away from it. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this storm.

(For some reason, #13 stands out for me. Something about seeing all that debris piled up to ridiculous heights makes me think of the person-hours it will take to clean up the entire area. Unbelievable.)

Posted by Lea September 16, 08 12:26 AM

An amazing collection of photo journalism. Well done.

Posted by Odille Esmonde-Morgan September 16, 08 01:06 AM

the caskets were freaky....

Posted by helen September 16, 08 01:16 AM

Excellent photos amid such devastation! But why do we have to turn to bickering and finger-pointing during such times as these? These people need help and the very best thing we can do is contribute our money to the organizations that are doing the work in these areas instead of relying completely on government assistance.

Don't blame and don't shame, just be there to help and serve if at all possible. No good comes to those who sit back and judge. After viewing these photos, I am thankful to be going to bed tonight in a warm, dry bed and I won't complain this month about my high electric bill, but just be glad I have it. These should be times to bring us together, not divide us.

Posted by Susan from Fort Worth TEXAS September 16, 08 01:22 AM

I also prefer living in Southern California. We do have earthquakes, with lots of destruction, but not that frequent.My prayers go out to all the people that lost love ones and property. Homes can be replaced, but life no. Will be interesting to see how fast they re-build all that damage.I think everyone will be amazed. Good luck

Posted by Carl J Lundstrom September 16, 08 01:34 AM

Lo siento de todo corazón por todos ustedes, estáis viviendo un horror !!! Que Dios os guarde, ayude, anime.... Desde las Islas Canarias,

Je suis avec vous tous de tout coeur, vous vivez l'horreur ! Que le Bon Dieu vous garde, vous aide, vous donne des forces.Des Iles Canaries.

Sorry for you from the bottom of my heart... God bless and help you !!! From Canary Islands. Excuse my bad english...

Posted by ines September 16, 08 01:35 AM

#56 - Thank you for a sensible post.

For those who are truly compassionate, try to offer your help through whatever means possible at this moment.

For those who are too lazy to do anything but want to feel good about yourselves, pray.

Behold the might of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! Nonbelievers repent!

Posted by Coco September 16, 08 01:35 AM

A question, why they still build wooden house ?

Posted by Jimmy September 16, 08 01:50 AM

We get no hurricanes where I live, but quakes and volcanic activity (Mt. St. Helens). Looking at pic #18, is that you you rate hurricanes, by the average # of cats up in the trees?

Posted by Tom Mooring September 16, 08 02:08 AM

I would appreciate everyone who mentions of such heartful prayers and supportive encouragements to those who have suffered the consequences of the malicious storm, Ike, but not those who just mentioned how great quality or amazing these displayed pictures are. Because, it is just wrong to say something like that regarding these kinds of photos. You know why? These are not some regular, great photos that make people pleased or wonder how they pictured it. Imagine yourself in their shoes right now, how painful would it be? Without any means of electricity, cleansed water, no comfy beds, proper clothes, not even computers that you guys are using right now to surf the internet to see these unfortunate photos.

Please, don't just say stuff like, great pictures! or how nice the photographer is!, to undermine the main, significant point of these photos.

My sincere prayers and heart goes out to all of those people who are suffering due to the storm's monsterous acts.

Everyone, please try to have some heart to conjoin together or on individual, to at least vicariously feel their sorrows and despair by easing your extravagant expenses and having some less "enjoyful" weekends with some silence times.

God be with you, those who faced the storms and other mother nature disasters.


Posted by Ken September 16, 08 02:23 AM

Don't you almost want to hug the life out of pinhead sphincters like #91 (Ryan). These atheist types (anti-theists) just have to pop in and give their little destructive comments. If you want to remain a fool and not believe in a Creator God, then shut up and let the other 90% who know better go on with the business of living with today's trials and tribulations. Those that know Him and have that promise and blessed assurance of eternal life through faith in Christ our Lord. We live in hope, not depression and fear.

I would hate to live in a world where a life doesn't matter because it's all considered coincidence and chance. True wisdom comes from awe and respect (fear) of God. What you or I believe doesn't matter, it's what's true that matters. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. The hardest part of living is knowing I am commanded to love everybody, including those who openly blaspheme and despise the Sovreign God who has created everything seen and unseen. I pity those who have lost love ones and property, but I pity the lost soul more.

May the Holy Spirit comfort and counsel those affected by this natural disaster. Encourage and help others during this time and receive strength and joy from the Lord.

Posted by RichardH September 16, 08 02:37 AM

Why do americans build those crappy wooden houses?

That devastation is normal in these conditions. If you used bricks and cement you wouldn't have so many problems.

Posted by ponts September 16, 08 02:40 AM

For #101 - Yes, thankfully, the freighter's crew all made it to safety after Ike hit land. (They were off to the side of the storm, but the waves and wind prevented a rescue.) I wouldn't be surprised to see a picture of them kissing the dirt as they got off that boat. I am sure they have some stories to tell about their ordeal!

Posted by Diane September 16, 08 02:47 AM

It is an extreme tradgedy, worsened by the fact that this is not the first storm in very recent years to cause this type of damage, and in some cases... worse. When will we realize that WE are at the mercy of this planet that we call OURS? The more we take from it, the more it fights back. We need a major change in our thinking of what LIFE is supposed to be about. NOT the dollar, NOT the posessions we own, NOT who is most powerful. We need to wake up before it is too late.

Posted by RC September 16, 08 03:14 AM

All my feelings are with the population of Texas ...may the force be with ALL of you! Rescuers ...victims ...

Posted by Diana Calvario September 16, 08 03:18 AM

Thank you for the pictures. For the first 20 years of my life, the Beaumont/Orange area was my home. My brothers, sisters, and friends still live in the area, though I have not for for over 30 years. I first went to the beaches around Galveston when I was 13. I still remember the morning I sat on a pier by myself and watched the sunrise through dark gray clouds and felt spellbound by the beauty and the omnipotence of God. Alas, it has washed away now, but with our hand in His, the displaced will rebuild their lives, if not their homes. I am thankful for the rescue and relief folks from all different walks of life and areas that are there helping to give aid where ever it is needed. It will take many months of clean up.

Posted by mah September 16, 08 03:25 AM

Just a single think from France... Such beautiful photos for such terrible event... How strange it may be sometimes... All my thoughts to people living there...

Posted by David September 16, 08 03:28 AM

Sorry, but why don't you build concrete houses?? Is it So hard to predict that your Canadian type houses will fall easily?? You think of yourself as the most powerful country in the world yet you dont have the brains to draw conclusions of earlier disasters??

Posted by rlx September 16, 08 03:32 AM

Thanks for sharing. Great photos, terrorific images.
Our best wishes from Spain. We are all brothers at the end.

Posted by Alberto September 16, 08 03:57 AM

great picture... what a great natural disaster.. lucky i'm in Indonesia, never hitted by big storm like that

Posted by Hasrul September 16, 08 04:05 AM

Lo siento muchisimo. Lamento en el alma por lo que estais pasando.
Un fuerte abrazo.

Posted by Miranda September 16, 08 04:20 AM

Rather than spending money on war against other countries USA should spend money to recover the damage of Ike! Make something that will prevent future disasters like that.

Posted by Alishka September 16, 08 04:57 AM

The loss of life has NOT been minimal. The government has refused to let the media onto the Bolivar Peninsula. Five hundred did not evacuate there. Of the twenty thousand who stayed in Galveston, 1,500 have been accounted for. Look at #11 again and realize that 20,000 were still there. There will be many more pictures, and tears, in the days to come.

Posted by Scott September 16, 08 05:08 AM

Amazing photos!

Posted by Dom September 16, 08 05:13 AM

where is Ike today

Posted by paul Smith September 16, 08 05:31 AM

beaucoup de courage à vous tous et gardez les têtes hautes !

Posted by Lo September 16, 08 05:41 AM

I feel sad for all the lives lost in the Hurricane. No one can imagine what is god's will. God bless all the families which have been resuced.

Posted by Sangeeta Bhandaru September 16, 08 05:50 AM

Truly amazing pictures. Can't imagine the distress of all the people in the storms' path. Nature at it's unleashed worst.

Posted by Aura September 16, 08 05:58 AM

The destruction hurricane Ike has done just reminds me of our true mortality.
I hope that more people survived than in Katrina.

Posted by James September 16, 08 06:32 AM

I'm not sure we can blame anyone. But, I do know that Bush-bashing, God-bashing, global warming blaming and hateful comments upset me. Yes, I know, I don't have to read the comments. I just took a deep breath and prayed for the victims as well as the posters who seem so bitter toward others... as if they were perfect.. Thanks for the photos. So much information in a concise manner!

Posted by Rod R September 16, 08 06:46 AM

its awesome great photos

Posted by vijay September 16, 08 06:51 AM

Extremely sorry for the people who suffered the loss of life and property.
May GOD grant the survivals courage to bear the loss and may they be blessed with better fortune.Amen.

Posted by Noor Jillani September 16, 08 06:57 AM

The pictures brought tears to my eyes

Posted by Tammy September 16, 08 06:59 AM

Very impressive and heartbreaking.

Posted by Axel September 16, 08 07:10 AM

Some of the comments at the bottom are hard to swallow! How could some people be so nasty? It does not make any difference who or what a person believes in IE God, Mother nature or aliens, it is a tragic moment in life. A gesture of common Courtesy and compassion does not cost a thing. My heart goes out to all of you who have been touched in one way or another by the devastation created by Ike.
On the other hand a couple of photos look as though they have been altered. If this is true, SHAME ON YOU!
Come on #11, a few shingles and a couple of broken banister rails???
#15, Well placed visual effects?
#17 Your car is a little too clean to have survived the storm and a sail boat!!!
If my suspicions are incorrect, I apologize deeply.

Posted by Stephannie September 16, 08 07:36 AM

It's long past the time for praying.

The religious of this earth—the believers in the supernatural—have much to answer for by denying the findings of the world's best scientists and pretending that life on earth is less important than some hoped for afterlife.

It's time to get on with doing what we need to do now here on earth, for our children and their children, because life on earth is a beautiful thing.

Posted by Christiaan Briggs September 16, 08 07:55 AM

#158, actually the scientific consensus is that global warming will indeed produce more violent and changeable weather.

Posted by Christiaan Briggs September 16, 08 08:02 AM

my god leana, not seen anything like them pics in my life. how was you affected by this awful event??ed

Posted by edward donlon September 16, 08 08:10 AM

I just have no words for this!!!!!!!!

Posted by Steve walker September 16, 08 08:14 AM

As disaster mitigation measures I would believe that all evacuees should
1. shut off their electrical supply at the main fuse panel. This prevents electrical short circuits that will start a house fire. It also prevents overloading the power company equipment.
2. close the main water supply valve into the house. This will prevent broken plumbing pipes leaking water and thereby lowering water pressure in the mains pipesand contaminating the water supply.
3. if you have natural gas pipes (fuel oil, propane tank) shut off the valve too.

Posted by PaPaPeng September 16, 08 08:15 AM

What can any one say when we sit here in our own homes safe looking at what others have gone through.

Godbless you and stay safe........

Posted by Alison September 16, 08 08:16 AM

Although #11 is technically "still there", my opinion would be that it is not safe to enter. One small bit of push or weight would bring it down.

Posted by Ramon September 16, 08 08:17 AM

One cannot grasp the destruction done by IKE until seeing these pictures. My daughter lives in Inez, Tx, and thankfully, she and her family were safe. I will never complain about our Canadian snowstorms again after seeing this. My heart and prayers go out to all these people affected by hurricanes everywhere.

Posted by Freda Goulet September 16, 08 08:19 AM

My prayers are with the victims of this disaster. It is so sad, my heart goes out to them.

This storm reflects the disorder of the state of the world. And yes, I believe that we have an angry God. The punishments/chastisements will continue until society turns from evil to good. If this world continues in it's present state of living as if there is "no God," than with deep, deep sadness, as prophecized, we will continue to receive more disasters and turmoils of every kind. God is everything, we are nothing.

Always there is a glorious resurrection as all things will be restored as in heaven.

Posted by Cindy September 16, 08 08:23 AM

Just Overwhelming!

Posted by Linda Strickland September 16, 08 08:27 AM

My God be with them in their time of need.

Posted by Kathy Williams September 16, 08 08:44 AM

Does anyone know if Angleton,Tx was hit?

Posted by Liz September 16, 08 08:45 AM

Wonderful Pictures.... well done job in capturing the devestation. God is Real and though some may not understand and may think you are crazy .... He has all power and allowed this to happen.... that someone may realize he is real and can do anything. Maybe it was the person's house that was left standing, that prayed so hard that they wouldn't have to rebuild. It's okay every knee has to bow... every tounge will confess. God bless the persons effected by the Storm System Ike.!!!!!

Posted by Lucinda September 16, 08 08:46 AM

Great pictures. GOD bless the people that had to go thru this and I praty they are safe now.

Posted by Ada Vehlewald September 16, 08 08:49 AM

Have just received this here in the UK. What awesome pictures showing the power of nature. Having lived for over 20 years in Palm Beach County Florida I am well aware of the power of hurricanes. Good luck to all the rescue forces, where would we all be without them.

Posted by Jean M Freeman September 16, 08 09:00 AM

Although it doesn't make it any easier, I guess we better get used to it. It seems to be happening more and more.

God bless the people devastated by Ike's trail of destruction.

Posted by xenia September 16, 08 09:02 AM

as a resident of Florida , i KNOW the pain of sites such as these, and yet
they shock even me!
We were victims too when not one but 3 'back to back' storms hit us
three years ago. We without power for 2 weeks, the first storm, 15 days
the second storm, and 10 days the third storm!
We were then hit by a tornado! We have lived in this home for 38 years
and that was the first (and last we hope) tornado.
we had more damage , and even though power was up in about 6 days
we were getting very tired of this!
but the good news is , we know we can survive, with the help of
local law enforcement, Army Reserve, and The Salvation Army!
the one organization I would never count on is American Red Cross
all we got from them was a note on the door..."if you need something
call this number!:" please, we didn't have phone service!
The military knocked on our door , handed us M.R.E.'s as well as
water, bread, etc. necessities , like cleaning supplies!
They had trucks parked at strategic places in town where you could
drive through, they loaded enough ICE, for the size of your family, they
had large bags full of snacks, bread, etc. there for the taking.
I am hoping we are spared this year, but we now know we can make it
if we have to.! Bless the victims

Posted by Karen Mulhollem September 16, 08 09:06 AM

FYI, The Equipment in Picture 27 is not a bulldozer, it's a Front End Loader.
Bulldozers have a blade and only push or grade.
FEL's have a bucket and can scoop and lift.
Bulldozers run on tracks.
FEL's run on giant oversized tires.

Posted by V September 16, 08 09:08 AM

The builder of the house in photo 11 should use the photo for an advertisement.

Posted by Ron P September 16, 08 09:08 AM

That is sad.

Posted by Gabrielle September 16, 08 09:10 AM

Scott,(181), That's not correct, this picture #11 is of Gilchrist. There's NEVER been 20,000 people in that town at the same time in it's entire existence. It's simply not big enough.

As far as "Why don't you build your houses out of brick and cement?'...
Uh...try building that type of house on stilts. It would crack and fall apart just from the natural expansion and contraction through the years. I'd argue that NO construction, brick or otherwise, can withstand the sheer force of that much water at once.

Posted by Bud September 16, 08 09:12 AM

That is heart goes out to all that had to face the wrath of Hurricane Ike and all others past, present and future. It is time for strength, courage, faith and togetherness. Have faith and you will all over come this horrible time!

Posted by Christina September 16, 08 09:15 AM

In fact, there have been offers of help from New Orleanians...

Anyone on dry ground wishing to help, there are operations needing volunteers and donations of much-needed veterinary supplies.

Ike was a huge storm, as illustrated by the satellite photos, and affected many parts of the South - many places hit by Katrina, Rita, and Gustav have now been damged by Ike.

I am working to help a large group of cattle farming families in Vermillion Parish, in the southern end of Louisiana, whose herds are now without any grazing, and whose farms have once again been flooded - fourth and fifth generation farmers who are normally very self sufficient, and who in fact did move their herds to higher ground - only to have the storm follow them up. They have done what they could, and still find themselves once again in need of assistance they'd rather be in a position to give to others.

If anyone can donate goods or services, and would like to help, please go to

Send an email if you can volunteer, or need help getting something there. I will be coordinating donations.

This is a 501(c) IRS registered charity, and any donations will be tax deductible.

There will be a convoy of other farmers going to the area from Shreveport on Wednesday, with whatever they have gotten so far, and they will be making more trips as necessary - with a line of pickup trucks and stocks trailers filled...

There are many places that have been damaged, and many places to donate - please consider this one, if you can - they are good, hardworking people, who do for themselves when they can, and do for each other when they can't. They aren't in the main focus, so this is the only help they will most likely get...

Thank you so much- high & dry Needham
Debra A. Barlow
President & Certified
Animal Cruelty Investigator
318-286-3116 or 318-797-7464

Posted by Rosalie September 16, 08 09:20 AM

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Posted by Àëáåíà September 16, 08 09:23 AM

Coming from an area hit hard by Katrina, my heart goes out to all who were affected by Ike. The Mississippi coast continues to rebuild 3 years after Katrina hit. It looks like Texas will have a similar time line. I can only pray that you have as many wonderful people coming to help you as we have had.
We also lived in Orange in the 90's. I would love to see some pictures of North Orange. We still have friends there and I would like to know that they are OK.

To those who don't know why people live in these areas....let's start with jobs and family. There are plenty of problems wherever you live. Please don't bash these people, help them.

Posted by Karen September 16, 08 09:28 AM

The Photos open the experience up for those who have not been there.
Ike was big but not near as big as it could of been.

Ride it like you stole it

Posted by Dave Dragon September 16, 08 09:29 AM

313 is amazing. Notice the amount of debris but not even one missing shingle on the house.

Posted by Steve September 16, 08 09:34 AM

It makes me want to leave work and go help in some small way. These pictures are truly amazing.

Posted by Veda September 16, 08 09:37 AM

Very impressive pictures !

I try to send a little bit hope to the victims.

Martin from Belgium...

Posted by Martin September 16, 08 09:37 AM

Oh, I'll say. It must have been terrible for that cat in the tree

Posted by Jimmy Peters September 16, 08 09:37 AM

wow... awesome.

#11 especially...


GiWY - Google is watching you

Posted by GiWY September 16, 08 09:39 AM

Great photos. So sad. So many lives changed over night. Evidence of the expenditure of an unimaginable amount of energy. Al Gore should focus his magic talent on just eliminating hurricanes insted of controlling the temperature of the universe.

Posted by Carl Wyman September 16, 08 09:41 AM

No comments... but too much emotions!!! ITs not WAR, but its terrible! How people can think about fight, if there are sp much problems without it!
I see only one FIGHT - with nature.... to stay ALIVE!!!

Posted by Olga September 16, 08 09:46 AM

Let us pray.... that Almighty God has mercy on all the victims of the flood, that they turn their hearts to Him and thank Him for their lives. It is with these prayers on their knees asking for forgiveness of their sins that will turn their situations around. All disasters are realized because of the sins of mankind, and until people of the world understand this and stop their sinful ways of life, disasters like these will continue. To verify this, all one has to do is look to the Old Testament.....God does not "do this to mankind" but "allows" this so that mankind will come back to Him. When abortion and homosexuality (main sins of America) are abolished, the hurricanes and flooding will cease. BTW, there is no such thing as The Rapture. God is always with his people and allows them to suffer so that they purify their souls. He doesn't take them away from it as the Rapturites will lead you to believe. But God is coming is a substantial way....look to the prophecies and see that all is being fulfilled as we speak.

Posted by Patty September 16, 08 09:47 AM

I don't think anyone needs to argue about which state handles the hurricanes better or who sufferd the worst damage. I cannot image what any hurricane victim has to go through. I can't imagine what the families of the 9-11 victimes have to go through. Remember just 7 years ago when we came together as a nation when the towers fell? One nation, under God. It doesn't matter which state was hit the worst by which hurricane...

The important thing is that we all come together and help each other out. How can we stand up as a country when our own states are arguing?? If that happens and we are the "most powerful country" then who will save us if we can't save ourselves?

God bless anyone who has to go through ANY type of tragedy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by T September 16, 08 09:47 AM

How horrible!!
We are so lucky it did not hit us in Florida!

Posted by Sarah September 16, 08 09:56 AM


Posted by pedro Cruz September 16, 08 09:58 AM

I live in San Antonio, TX and although we were fortunate enough not to get the damage, we were one of the main evacuation centers in TX.
I work as a nurse in a rehab/nursing home and we had BUSES of evacuees pulling up all weekend. They were loaded up on buses with just the clothes on their back and no personal items.
Its easy to lose your compassion in this business but when tragic events like this happen it makes you realize why you became a nurse . Im blessed. We still have more than 700 pets in our shelters waiting to go home. So tragic.

Posted by Susan September 16, 08 10:06 AM

omg. i cant beleive wat happened. the football field under water.

Posted by bree September 16, 08 10:08 AM

Our Prayers go to all the people affected by Ike

Posted by Blackville September 16, 08 10:09 AM

Just a mess..i live in Slidell La.....If the good Lord willing i will be out of here for the next storm season..

I feel for all of those people that had to go thru this...i am praying that God will help each one of them to recover...

Posted by Mark Saba September 16, 08 10:10 AM

We are truly blessed and we praise God Almighty all the day long.
After looking at these pictures.......I think why not me?
God is speaking......are we listening, I heard a word from God.
We need to get it right and do what the word of God say do.
Jesus came to save us from our sins and to give us eternal life.
Time is of essence, we are living in the last days, are you prepared?
Confess your sins today, believe in your heart today that Jesus died for you and
rose from the dead, winning the victory of death. Accept him as your Lord and Saviour. Live the life of victory according to the word of God. May God bless you.
The devil, satan is roaring like a lion seeking whom he may devour. Please Pray.

Posted by sylvia jackson September 16, 08 10:12 AM


Posted by DALE S. ANDERSEN September 16, 08 10:14 AM

Yet we dont hear any cries of racism or blaming the government etc;

Amazing what the difference is!

Posted by Jay September 16, 08 10:14 AM


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Posted by GEORGE September 16, 08 10:15 AM

Yesterday, among the evacuees in Austin, Texas, was a little boy from Beaumont, who aside from falling and cutting open his head at the grocery store here, had been vomitting since their ordeal of running from Hurricane Ike. I'm just grateful for their arrival in Austin and the family who received them. There are always so many others adverse effects, especially on the children, from these tragedies. God speed the recovery, emotional and physical, of all the people and earth devastated of late.

Posted by Jan Ligarde September 16, 08 10:16 AM

After Andrew in 1992 people should understand that in this world of so many that don't have faith given to us by the grace of GOD thru salvation, we are all sinners and without being saved we will remain selfish. Let us all stand shoulder to shoulder not eye to eye and we can change this world around by God's hand thy will be done. Stop talking about this and let''s put our words into action and make a difference. GOD BLESS EVERYONE

Posted by I care September 16, 08 10:17 AM

#80 - Don't you understand that if we don't protect our country from terrorists, NOTHING else will even matter!!! Not the economy, not the manufactured global warming lie, not lack of energy sources - NOTHING!! You are sadly mistaken if you don't think that 9-11 can't happen again - pray that it won't be where you live!!
I pray to GOD that this country wakes up and realizes just how good we have it.

My heart goes out to the people of our great state of TEXAS!! We will survive Ike and we will help each other. That's how we are!

Posted by Grateful in Texas September 16, 08 10:22 AM

Every once and awhile mother nature let's the human race know just how small we really are. These pictures show just that.

e are.

Posted by John Jefferies September 16, 08 10:31 AM

To me the contrast between #4 and #5 hit me the most. When all of your material things are swept away, we are all on the same level...

Posted by Dave September 16, 08 10:34 AM

Don`t mess with the nature otherwise you`ll have to face it`s anger(nice photographs),

Posted by ARJ September 16, 08 10:41 AM

Isn't it amazing how you didn't hear anything about looting like New Orleans but you did hear about people helping one another and sharing what little they had left. The difference between human beings and animals...

Posted by Max September 16, 08 10:42 AM

Houston is home....And will rebuild...And Texas Pride has everything to do with it!
Remember Alicia? We got this Man...And Yes Photos are very graphic and I cried at the last photo!.....God Bless this Mess

Posted by Jenna September 16, 08 10:43 AM

Rich Texans with their fancy-pants vacation homes....antithesis of 9th ward NOLA.

...but hey, at least Dubya's not against sending hurricanes to his home state.

Posted by Mr. Yeti September 16, 08 10:45 AM

Storms and tempest are all part of living here on earth. Lets just be grateful that the number of casualties were down and that most of the people with any sense got out in time. It is hart breaking to see the damage done, but it can and will be replaced, waiting for the next one. I hope that the people give the coast back to the open spacers, and move their habitats further inland. I did, I moved 250 miles inland and put a mountain range between my home and family, and the coast. We have not been flooded out since.

Posted by The Man. September 16, 08 10:45 AM

Wow, moving very powerful pictures

Posted by MamaSan September 16, 08 10:49 AM

I can´t bealive it... It´s amazing...

Posted by Mariel September 16, 08 10:50 AM

These photos compel us to "think" and "feel" and no matter what our beliefs are, we should show compassion to what NATURE can do ~ as we are all exposed to her beauty and her fury.. and I feel sad that we lost some of our great beauty.

Posted by Pat Crawford September 16, 08 10:50 AM

God's Grace is sufficient. I pray for each and every family that is suffering and has lost love ones. I say a special prayer for those that do not know God. It could have been me. We never know what may happen to us the next second. Don't let this moment pass you by. I beg you to accept God as your personal savior, he promised us everlasting life. I dare you to try him, if you don't like him, give him back and someone else will receive him!


Posted by Peggy September 16, 08 10:52 AM

It is truly a difficult time for everyone in the areas shown. It is really a difficult time for all of us because we are all touched by this in some way. we are a strong nation and we will survive this tragedy as well as the other ones. please, we all have to believe in each other and know that we are STRONG when we work together.

Posted by Ginger Carter September 16, 08 10:55 AM

Wow. Just horrible.

Excellent photographs.

Posted by JB September 16, 08 10:58 AM

I have roamed that cemetery a million times.... walked those beaches.... fell in love on Galveston Island...

But, they survived Alicia and will survive this monster too. What doesn't kill you just makes you stronger and I am a firm believer in that. You can bet I will return to the island as much as I can to spend money and do my part to help in the effort to rebuild and breathe strong life back into my little Texas paradise.

Posted by Genia K. Matula September 16, 08 11:00 AM

God bless all of us! I live here in Austin my husband left me and our four children to volunteer at a hospital thru Ike in Houston he is a bio med and he was needed more there then here. It is not about being from here nor there it is about being man and loving and depending on each other thru good times and thru the worst of times we sometimes need to blame people for things and have a hard time of moving on but the past is the the past move on get over it learn embrace your fellow man teach our children better and give them more knowledge then what we have. God Bless!

Posted by Alexis Chrisan September 16, 08 11:01 AM

Looking at these pictures makes you:
#1 Feel sad for the people who LOST their homes
#2 Feel BLESSED for your home.

Posted by jajackson September 16, 08 11:03 AM

I've been trough several hurricanes living in Bahamas and have learned when it's time to go anywhere else but in the track of one. It's not my time yet if I can help it. My sincere sympathy to those who have been affected by this tragedy.

Posted by Jayne Tunney September 16, 08 11:05 AM

The pictures are great and it saddens me to see all the destruction and the thought of people hurting. Gob bless them all!

Posted by Melissa September 16, 08 11:10 AM

I can not understand why all the slashing of words to all other states, all have been through alot of bad times with Mother Nature. All that engery that is uned to bad mouth other states could be put to praising God that you are alive to re-build,your state. If we can not say something good why say it at all. My Prays go out to all and may God bless you and keep you strong to face what is ahead of you.

Posted by Nancy September 16, 08 11:13 AM

To whom every captured all these amazing pictures. Thank you. No one really knows the devastation of all of these areas until someone brings it to the light. I sure hope everyone has made it through Ike safely.

Posted by Monica R. September 16, 08 11:13 AM

What a tragedy. The photos really captured the magnitude of this storm. My prayers are with everyone in Texas and Louisiana. I am embarrassed by the few who are so callous and feel the need to vent their political views. They are two kinds of people in this world: those who see a challenge and take action and then there are those who see a challenge and need to place blame and complain about it. Which one do you choose to be today?

Posted by Lecheech September 16, 08 11:18 AM

Wow. Just wow.

Posted by Bryan September 16, 08 11:21 AM

I love the comment of #169. Let me translate: "I want to kill you, you stupid sh*t tube for not believing what I believe." Now there is the true Christian spirit. Extremists of any stripe are equally dangerous.

Posted by Andy September 16, 08 11:22 AM

Our Prayers go out to everyone, this crisis has affected each and everyone one of us in some way shape or form. This storm and the up coming elections are either going to unite us or further divide us. We are God's children and reaching out to one person, a community, or an entire state in need is our duty according to the Bible. If we can't help other then in pray, so be it.

Posted by Denise W September 16, 08 11:26 AM

Incredible pictures. I think this really proves that George Bush hates white people, too.

Posted by Dada September 16, 08 11:26 AM

I pray that God will come to the aid of the people and animals suffering from "IKE"

Posted by John E. Celestin, Jr. September 16, 08 11:27 AM

Photo 4
Please remember the people of Haiti in your prayers. They have nothing, food prices continue to rise, and now they have been through another storm.

Posted by AR September 16, 08 11:31 AM

What bothers me is wondering how the people in those caskets will be identified and placed back in their final resting places. How awful for the families of these people who are still living and having to deal with this along with everything else.
God Bless each and every one of them. (Great pictures for the history books).

Posted by S B from Kansas September 16, 08 11:31 AM


Posted by DONNIE BALLARD September 16, 08 11:36 AM

Terrible! Isn't that picture of Hollywood Community Cemetery, the same cemetery where Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown is/was buried? I had heard his coffin was missing from the vault?

Posted by Frank Furillo September 16, 08 11:38 AM


Posted by AGUINAGA September 16, 08 11:40 AM

As a resident of Pawleys Island SC but on the mainland where I can see the ocean and marshes, I dread the possibility of a hurricane like Ike hitting South Carolina after seeing the devastation shown by these pictures.

Posted by Jim Kennedy September 16, 08 11:41 AM

It's amazing the force of nature. Being a recent midwest flood victum, my blessing go out to everyone.

Posted by On the wings of an angel September 16, 08 11:41 AM

Our heart felt sorrow is extended to the all of the affected folks of this terrible disaster. We all tend to take our normal lives for granted and have a hard time imaging all of the turmoil and heart break is is occurring in the hurrican aftermath/

God Bless America and keep the faith 'cause better times are in sight!


Posted by Tom Tompson September 16, 08 11:47 AM

it is a shame that there is not more media coverage on the devastation witnessed in these photos. For the person that posted the need for water, never even thought of that.

Lots of people bashing people in these postings. What a shame. Everyone should be working together. I will do my part and donate to the Red Cross as I have done with the past disasters.

My thoughts are with the victims as they try to rebuild their lives.
Peace out from Toronto, Canada.

Posted by Lori Sears September 16, 08 11:47 AM

MY prayers go out to those people and animals and all the rescuers trying to help the people that DID NOT listen when they told to evacuate! You can clean up debris, and replace belongings, and pictures, you can't bring back the dead..

Posted by d c September 16, 08 11:50 AM

To comment #248--Hello.......President Bush does not create hurricanes--it's a nature thing--it's not political--get a clue buddy!

It is a real reality check to see the images above--thanks to those who take them and those who share with the rest of us.

Posted by Vickie September 16, 08 11:52 AM

these photographs are awesome and beautiful in their own right.....i worked in downtown Houston in the 80s and can just imagine the damage.....i now live in tennessee's tornado alley and my town has been devastated several times in the last decade... these photographs are a testament to the fact that we are visitors here on this planet....survival of the fittest and the like....

my heart goes out to the people in these areas. it's ignorant to ask why they live there.....i live here and i'm not leaving despite the danger mother nature hovers over used to just be in the it's year round....we pull together, we clean up, we tend to our neighbors...and we start over. i can honestly say that i prefer the threat of tornadoes over the threat of a hurricane.

Posted by Leanne Sims September 16, 08 11:53 AM

My prayers up here in Canada across from Niagara Falls, NY, go out to all the people hurt or suffering because of Hurricane Ike.

Posted by Lynn Menard September 16, 08 12:00 PM

I pray for all the people affected. If this ever happened to me or my property, I know I will never recover, as I live from paycheck to paycheck. I thank God that my house is "still" in high ground here in Chicago. And I would discourage anyone to live in coastal areas or in low-lying areas susceptible to flooding.

Posted by Noel Kristofferson September 16, 08 12:01 PM

Wow! These pictures are incredible. I think the little bit of news I saw DID make it sound this catestrophic, I don't understand some of these comments. You don't hear the pathetic pleas from Texas because they aren't looking for someone to blame (ie GW Bush). they realize it's not anyone's fault. They know how to take care of things - notice we didn't hear from the flood victims in Iowa either. Most people know how to pull themselves up and people are more likely to reach out and help these folks then the whiners that refused to leave Katrina's path and made unrealistic, selfish demands and wanted to do nothing more then blame others for where they were. I think the character of different parts of the country have been REALLY well displayed the past few years. Personally, I'd contribute more to people like this then the people that didn't want to leave, thumbed their nose at orders to, then blamed the government because of their own stupidity. Yes, the dynamics of the situation are different because NOLA is in a bowl - how much intelligence does it REALLY take to realize that's a foolish place to move? I agree with the folks that said the Insurance underwriters should make some changes, we should stop rebuilding in places that are likely to be devestated, however I'd rather see this rebuilt then NOLA - perhaps if the NOLA folks were forced to find a new place to live some might also find gainful employment and start to find a little self respect and purpose in this world. Perhaps that was a wakeup call from God about the quality of life our welfare system is creating and we should start to take notice and stop growing that type of lifestyle. It seems the NOLA folks that relocated to my state have accomplished little, they are at the freeway entrances holding signs begging for help STILL because they were displaced by Katrina. I've been down, I've been homeless, guess what folks, you do a lot better when you actually put a little effort into getting yourself out and ask God to guide your path along the way. Those two together can really change your life.

I think the character of Texans has been really showing through in all of this and because of that I know our local churches will be sending lots of aid and helping where they can - we take care of each other and help each other - when we're also willing to help ourselves things go so much better. Get over the Katrina stuff already, I can't believe all the comments here about that one. Let those people go back to their bowl and cry about nobody taking care of them and being totally defensless victims - which they really are, they're victims of the political machine that created the welfare state to begin with. They don't even know how to pull themselves up and move on.

Posted by E R September 16, 08 12:01 PM

Courtney comment #102

Don't hate yourself. Your decision to take exception with a Texan praising other Texans show your self loathing and hatred of your own people, assuming you are not a transplant to Austin. I'm sure the entire world, and everything that happens in it gets filtered through your simple, axiomatic, reductive-thinking "brain" to find fault with all of western civilization for anything bad that happens in the world. You are obviously a Blame America first, next blame europeans, always blame Western Civilization type

Posted by Will September 16, 08 12:06 PM

Goodbye, Boliver, Gilchrist, Crystral Beach. Cathy, Fred, Lynette, Barefoot - - the Sharkey's crowd.. hope you all got out in time. I hope Cindy's memorial we planted survived. Back to clean up here. Sad.

Posted by Susan September 16, 08 12:07 PM

I should be ashamed of myself.

Posted by Hurricane Ike September 16, 08 12:09 PM

My thoughts and prayers go to all those who were devastated by "Ike"

God bless

Posted by Janis September 16, 08 12:09 PM

i know this is act of nature and some people specialy democrats blame the president for everything happening to the mighty nations. some of them just want some money from the government. that's why they do not evacaute. they think us hard working people , has to supports them . if they don not leave after they been warn about this huricane. they should not get any help at all. i do not feel sorry for them. because i am a tax payer, and my tax money goes to those people. i don't mine to help , if they are not hopeless.

Posted by rave reyes September 16, 08 12:09 PM

relamente sorpendente.. no habia estado al tanto de lo que ocurrio .. sabía pero no imaginé tanta destrucción-- ... duele el echo de verlo..

Posted by Leonardo David Meza September 16, 08 12:10 PM

Dito #263.

My prayers are with those who had to endure this, and my hands are available to assist.

In All Things Give Thanks; for this is the will of God concerning you.

Posted by 100%Safe September 16, 08 12:11 PM

We all need to come together and pray for all of them. We are all brothers and sisters after all.

Posted by Deee September 16, 08 12:11 PM

feel bad and scared....

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 12:18 PM

I'd love to know the story behind the house in No. 11.
Why is it left standing? Dumb luck or did the builder have a different set of standards and higher-grade materials?

Also, here in the Great Lakes Region, we were inconvenienced over the weekend with heavy rain that flooded our streets and basements from two major storms, the second being the remnants of Ike. I cannot even begin to imagine how much worse it was in the Gulf Region with the brunt of Ike. I wouldn't trade my misfortune for yours ever.

But it would be interesting to see photos of Ike's swath all the way up to Michigan. Northwest Indiana got hit real hard on Sunday by Ike. Lots and lots of flooding.

Posted by Chris in Illinois September 16, 08 12:18 PM

Soy una española,y acabo de ver las terribles imagenes del huracan,y me siento sobrecogida de ver tanta desolacion.yo vivi,un poco del "catrina"pues me cogio en,Atlanta. La verdad,es que todos los años America vive varios huracanes,y eso tiene que ser una impotencia,al no poder hacer nada,contra los elementos.Un fuerte abrazo para tantas personas afectadas. Chiqui

Posted by chiqui September 16, 08 12:18 PM

#59 You have no idea how much damage has been done more then fifty miles from the coast!

Posted by DP September 16, 08 12:20 PM

When you live at a beach community on the east coast at 5 feet above sea level, an event like this certainly gets your attention! Incredible!

Posted by Bill G September 16, 08 12:20 PM

To the women in Austin and Nebraska whose husbands left home to help in this crisis, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. Volunteers continue to come to places like New Orleans because they have seen the magnitude of the problem of rebuilding lives in such devastated areas and their good hearts compel them to help.

They -- and their families -- represent America to me, not the few smug, hateful and ignorant posters here who think they, by their own imagined merits, are somehow above tragedy.

To those who visit the French Quarter and care about New Orleans, be generous with all those minimum wage people who make your stay pleasant -- many of them are among the people who couldn't evacuate.

Posted by Nola September 16, 08 12:24 PM

May God be with all that went through this terrible disaster!! I hope all will come together and help each other out in this time of need. God bless to all!!!!!

Posted by Vince September 16, 08 12:28 PM


Posted by Beverly September 16, 08 12:32 PM

To those who wonder why we rebuild in such a risky climate. Love of the sea, long history, hope for the future and plain ol' money. Not always necessarily in that order. Galveston is an historic old city, once the largest in the state. The land is worth alot of money and people don't want to let go of land that may be their only major asset, so they rebuild. Sometimes the structures are less than adequate because that is all some people or businesses can afford. Most folks in Texas, including many who lost homes, would agree that those who live in such risky areas need to accept their losses and the government should not bear their burden, but at the same time they will defend their right to rebuild on their own land if they want to. Most businesses won't even take a government loan. The Galveston population is resilient and will rebuild. Lessons learned? Hopefully steel, stone and cement will be used instead of wood and shingles wherever possible.

Posted by GTexas September 16, 08 12:33 PM

The builder of the house in #11 should get some repeat business now.
Awesome pictures.

Posted by Martin Graham September 16, 08 12:34 PM

a picture is worth a thousand words.

Posted by craig September 16, 08 12:34 PM

Harrowing photos. Thank you for posting them. Since no one has said it - Global warming - come on, we can overcome this!

Posted by DB September 16, 08 12:36 PM

Thanks for this amazing look into this tragic event.....

Posted by Blake J. Nolan September 16, 08 12:42 PM

I traveled to Galveston many times as a child and an adult as my uncle had a cabin in Port Arthur so we ferried across, but we always went through the main part of town. As an adult we stayed in a motel and walked across to enjoy the beach. The pictures placed a whole in the heart and a sick pain in the gut. Every picture depicts a horror that no one wants to see or feel. Still, I can vividly see families shopping at the gift shops, people riding bicycles on the sidewalks and of course, people attending church in that massive ,beautiful structure. I felt fear when I saw the pictures. I thank God that in Omaha Ne. we do not experience such massive destruction .. Galveston was always a family treasure.

Posted by fBobbie Rigatuso September 16, 08 12:45 PM

I'm from Louisiana. To everyone who has stated, "I just don't undertand how those people can live in those communities..." I live in Southwest Louisiana and will not/cannot leave because I was born, raised, and educated here. My entire extended family is here. I absolutely cannot leave and raise my children away from my family because of hurricane season. I've evacuated from my home only 3 times in my entire 40 years, and we suffered damages to our home only once out of those 3 times. You know what? I just don't understand how people who do not live here can be so judgmental about my decision to remain where I was born and raised and to refuse to leave my voluminous extended family and search for employment and schools in an unknown and unfamiliar place. Furthermore, do not lump all of Louisiana together. I realize that people has problems with NOLA evacuees - Southwest Louisiana did as well, at least until Rita hit and completely demolished Cameron Parish and caused severe damage to much of our area. But you did not hear anyone from SW LA on the news complaining or whining for assistance - we got up and took care of business ourselves. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure anyone ever even realized that Hurricane Rita hit us, much less the extent of the damage it left behind.

Posted by marge September 16, 08 12:45 PM

Here Here E R, and Chris H, and Rob C. Bravo. We are sick of the Katrina VICTIMS. This is about Texas and what Ike did, not Katrina. We have had those people slammed down our throats for over 3 years and we are sick of it. We also had herds of them brought to Dallas only for them to steal out cars, demand that we treat them differently, spit in our faces, buy big screen TV's instead of food for their kids, rape our young women, and burglarize our stores. Oh yeah, we rallied to help them and this is the thanks we got. They don't want jobs, they want us to provide for them. There are a few that buckled down and got jobs and have truely tried to make a life here but you don't hear about them, you hear about these losers that have their hand out demanding we fill them. We would like to load them up and ship them back to the hell hole they came from on land they squated on to begin with. They say we are doing nothing to help them. We can't until the levee is repaired STUPID.
As far as we Texans go, we ARE a proud people. We have deep pockets and help with every single effort that comes our way yet we do NOT have our hand out for others to help us. We welcome it, if it shows up but we do not ask for it. We work and we work hard. We do not complain, we just get the job done with the help of family and friends. Bravo to those who see it. Dallas, Houston and other big cities did their part to help those losers and other gracious people that never did ask for it. Is it a surprise that we do not ask? No. We do NOT want to be compared to people from NOLA. We are nothing like that. We know it was an act of God and we also heed the wakeup calls, did they? No. All we have heard is complaining and demanding more and more and more. We gave money, clothes, and cars to the cause with no gratitude.
We Texans are a great bunch of folks. We thank all that want to help us and we know how to show you that we are grateful. We knew it was coming and of course sure didn't know it was going to be that bad but we are ready and united to do what we have to do. I can also tell you this, you won't hear about us on the news. You won't hear how proud we are and how hard we worked because that does not sell papers or create ratings. But we are here and we will rebuild.
Thanks to everyone that cares and is helping in any way that they can.
Also, one more thing. I work for a local utility and never in my life have I heard such ungrateful people as those from Louisiana and we have had them all. They demanded that WE pay for all of their expenses and spoke to us with such distain, like we had tails. It was pathetic.
That was just the losers. Not all were like that. I even helped a few get jobs with people I knew and they worked hard and earned their way. Most were products of the system, that is correct. I am proud of the folks that did try and did not have their hands out as they strolled out of WalMart with a big screen TV and a FEMA card that paid for it along with their vouchers for rent.
THANK YOU to all of you that are helping us though!!! We do appreciate you so very deeply and we hope we make you proud, because we are a proud people that are like ER said....not afraid to get our hands dirty! All of gratitude.

Posted by KMc September 16, 08 12:46 PM


Posted by pedro ramirez September 16, 08 12:50 PM

We can only imagine what these people are going through right now. What would you do??? Where do you start??? Please considering donating some of your time or money to these people. The American Red Cross is in desperate need of donations. Think about starting a campaign in your workplace or your city to raise money for food or basic needs. Texans are proud people. They probably wouldn't ask for help in most cases. But, if it is offered I am sure they would take it.

Posted by S. Martinez September 16, 08 12:53 PM


The reason the homes are built with wood mainly is because if they were built with brick and cement, then you cannot keep them on stilts. The weight would be far too much. And quite frankly, bricks and cement wont help a big storm surge. Your house up high will. Newer construction can handle a good amount of surge, and wind (I believe up to high Cat-3). Here is a picture showing aftermath of newer construction homes. Still destructive, but no where near the scale of Gilchrest.

Most of those homes in pic #11 were older construction (Gilchrest area was nearly all older construction). Homes built then are lower quality than those built today. I would be willing to bet that the one home that survived was likely built recently.

Posted by Ace September 16, 08 12:54 PM


Posted by SANDY September 16, 08 12:56 PM

My family and friends in Brooklyn, NY, count your blessings. We are truely blessed. I pray for all those who have been afffected by Ike.

Posted by Zakiya September 16, 08 12:57 PM

It is so hard to comprehend something that bad happening when you just see it on TV, but to have friends that have lost their homes and see the looks on their faces is hard to bear. Regrettably as horrid as those pictures are, we have not yet seen all the devastation on the south end of Galveston Island. Thanks for the Pictures

Posted by Fred T. Potter September 16, 08 01:01 PM

AWE #18, that poor little kitty!!!!!

Posted by THEOC-CA September 16, 08 01:02 PM

To #24 comment: There were hurricanes in the Carribean long before global warming unless you want to consider global warming commencing since the last Ice Age. You just bought into Al Gore's B.S. You and the other sheep will just follow.
Research the science rather than believing what you are fed.

Posted by Jim P. September 16, 08 01:05 PM

Just a reminder of what, as humans we create, Mother nature can take away in a heart beat.
Our hearts go out to all in the path of the storm!!

Posted by Mike Nowak September 16, 08 01:12 PM

Shame on TV and other forms of media to not cover events like this so that everyone knows how bad things are. Instead they capitolize on rapes, robberies, killings and car accidents. I'd rather see the damage done and how the people involved are reacting to their surroundings. I still believe that there are some people who can and will 'help themselves" and not just cry for help. I believe that "the best helping hands are at the end of your arms" and that's what I've had to use when things were going bad for me. We really can't count on government to step in, they really don't ever get the full picture and many of them could care less if you lost everything you owned. It doesn't affect them-so why bother? Hope that between good helping hands, (your own and others) that most of these tradgic happenings will get resolved. We know it won't be done quickly, and when we think we have everything taken care of, another storm rolls in and the picture is a replay. I prayed so hard for these folks...prayers help, no matter what you say or think. God in his way, helps those who help themselves.....enough said.

Posted by A. Taylor aka "Tator" September 16, 08 01:13 PM

All you can do is pray for the victims involved.

Posted by LJ September 16, 08 01:13 PM

These pictures tell Goverments that they are paying 100 times the bill for not using clean resourses, Mother Nature is just giving back a bit of what we all have done to her. Stop poison our planet!!!

Posted by Valerio September 16, 08 01:14 PM

God bless each one effected by this horrendous storm. My heart and prayers go out to all of you.

Posted by sue p. September 16, 08 01:17 PM

Comment 91 - Now for your English lesson - the correct word woud be their not there.. as for anyone else who has there (substitute their) doubts.

Now for a lesson on God. I was involved in a horrible accident in 1979 and died - guess what ? God does exist!! I have personal experience - I went to heaven for a short time.

I pray you will open your heart to God's amazing love. You may not believe in Him but he believes in you! He waits for you with open arms. John 3:16

My prayers go out to all the people who are in need and to those assisting.

Claudia - Austin, TX

Posted by Claudia September 16, 08 01:18 PM

Wow. Amazing. Sad. My heart goes out to those affected

Posted by The Aitch September 16, 08 01:18 PM

I don't want to read some comments here as some of them had awful things to say. So I stopped reading. I had ancestors from LA. as well as from the Carolina's. They came to Texas to settle. I live near the coast(Brazoria County in Texas) and we got lucky to not get the devastation that those over in Galveston and east of there have received. My sister in law had a home on Crystal Beach. I understand those who do not wish to leave. Stay...but know that you should be prepared for whatever happens. We did. We left but we can go back. We lost our home earlier this year to a fire that some kids had caused. So we lost everything there. We weren't there so we are ok. It hurts to lose things....but not like losing our lives. So turn the self pity into a positive thing. Everyone should do to help others. We never know when we need help and the shoe is on the other foot. I am glad we have had help in the past and I don't feel the need to hesitate to help others. It is a shame that there are some who get assistance and abuse it. Chalk it up to no self respect and lack of education. Thanks go out to all of the power guys, rescuers, those who patrol the areas, clean up crews...they have worked long and hard. The news people have tried to keep everyone updated ....not easy. But let's not be harsh on each doesn't accomplish anything. Thank you to the folks here on this site that are posting the pictures from this and for showing that you all care also. We appreciate it.

Posted by Genie September 16, 08 01:19 PM

Very powerful pictures. Good Job showing what others would not.

P.S. I want to hire the contractor who built the house in the 11th photo. That is truely a well built, hurricane proof house. Hardly a shingle is missing!

Posted by THobby September 16, 08 01:20 PM

This looks like a repeat of Katrina! The photos remind me of the devastation of the MS Gulf Coast after Katrina. The news media would lead you to believe that New Orleans had the only damage, when actually their damage was done when the levies broke. If you want to see what devastation looks like come to the Gulf Coast of MS. Katrina cleared two to three blocks back from the coastline and on every bayou and canal. We are rebuilding our lives while maintaining a quiet dignity. The people of the Texas coastline will do the same. Americans are strong and determined. With God's help and faith based groups sharing in the work their lives will be put back together. It takes time but it will be done!

Posted by Sonja September 16, 08 01:21 PM

What is it going to take for us to all realize that God is trying to tell us something? Thank God for the mercy He has given us. We should all turn to Him now and repent for our sins. I pray that God restores all that has been taken from those affected by the hurricane. May God bless those affected, and those who lost loved ones. My prayers go out to all of you! God Bless!

Posted by Jeffery McFadden September 16, 08 01:21 PM

Regarding why the beach houses aren't made with brick instead of wood: A lot of it depends on what the soil conditions are as well - if you're on soft, movable soil like a floodplain, you do NOT want a brick house, when the soil shifts over time the house basically falls apart. And there's no easy way to fix that either - you just end up with cracks that get bigger and bigger and bigger. Compunding the problem is how HEAVY brick houses are, that puts added strain on foundations.

Posted by BeBe September 16, 08 01:27 PM

No 11 picture reminded me of a similar sight after the Kelowna, BC forest fire in 1993. How one house could remain standing when the only evidence of the surrounding homes was their driveway.
It is wonderful to see the pray and support for the families.

Posted by Dorothy Reimer September 16, 08 01:29 PM

@ 39:

Let us not forget that people choose to live BELOW sea-level. Blame it on a failure of infrastructure if you want, but they still put themselves in that situation. And, people are still moving back.

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

Posted by al September 16, 08 01:35 PM

in reply to the person who blames this on global warming you should really learn your history. In 1900 a cat 4 hurricane hit Galveston tx and killed between 6000 and 12000 people the deadliest natural disasture to date, the second deadliest was 1928 the okeechobee huricane killing 2500 people. Hurricanes have been devistating the globe since long before man started putting things in the atmosphere so find another forum to spew your ignorance about global warming.

Posted by mike September 16, 08 01:41 PM

Just a reminder - Hurricane Katrina did not devastate New Orleans (as photo 1's caption implies). Katrina devestated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, parts of Alabama and parts of Louisiana. What devastated New Orleans was flooding caused by the the weak levee system that needed to be fixed. I've seen the images shown in all of these same photos first hand - not from a camera - as I traveled around my hometown and surrounding communities in Pascagoua, Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis in Mississippi. We are still rebuilding. My heart goes out to our neighbors in Texas. We understand.

Posted by Donna September 16, 08 01:43 PM

OH WOW!!!! What heartbreaking pictures. I can not imagine what all of those poor people are going through. It's just heartbreaking. I am praying for all of them.
God Bless everyone effected by hurricane Ike, all of the wonderful caring resue workers, and anyone who lends a helping hand to a person or animal in need.
God Love'em. Amen.

Posted by Patty September 16, 08 01:44 PM

I live approximately 8 hrs from Galveston in East Texas and we are still not recovered from Ike, there are still thousands of people without water and power, this was a huge storm and the way you people bicker and fight over some past storm and want to compare damage is rediculous, parts of Texas are in a huge cry for help... My husband happens to be one of the lucky ones who gets to go into the aftermath and see first hand all of those "photos" that you all get to see... and he is there now... I get to look at these here at home and hope that he stays safe there and go to bed at night alone with only a small phone call or text messages, while people hold grudges on who helped who.....some people are heartless and it goes to show the ones of us that do care that it really takes all kinds of people to make a world

Posted by Halli September 16, 08 01:46 PM

Peu de mots peuvent décrire ce que nous voyons.
Toutes mes pensées aux sinistrés.

All our best wishes to the affected families.

Montreal, QC Canada

Posted by M. Boisvert September 16, 08 01:53 PM

Global warming is not the culprit here. Hurricanes of this magnitude have been pummeling the south TX coast for centuries. The people are simply suffering the fate caused by their choice to live in hurricane country.

I live in California... no hurricanes, but we do have devastating earthquakes... they happen. So do hurricanes in south TX.

Let's not make too big a deal out of "all the suffering" unless we ALSO make a big deal out of the suffering we, as a society and nation, are meting out to the rest of the world with our greedy, shortsighted, and unGodly ways.

Posted by Jay McPherson September 16, 08 01:54 PM

No residential buildings permitted one mile in from coastline: problem solved.
Lives and property protected. End of story.

Posted by Mark September 16, 08 01:56 PM

To Commenter No. 299: You seem to omitt the fact that the vast majority of the people in New Orleans you refered to as poor from Katrina are poor because they don't want to work and depend on social programs from washington to give them their monthly hand outs. I guess being poor gives them the right to destroy every shelter they went to during and after the Katrina storm. Most stayed in New Orleans because they wanted to so they could rob and steel from the ones that did leave including the business places. A school from central Louisiana sent 30 school busses to evacuate them from the super dome but they refused to get on because the busses were not air conditioned so they came back empty .They wanted the big air conditioned coaches. I guess being poor also allowes them to spit at and cuss out people who vollunteered to help at shelters because they were not prompt enough or gave them enough to suit their selfish self or were handing out sandwiches that they threw in the garbage because they wanted a hot meal or steak. You are probably from a northen state and not aware of the situation from the New Orleans area. Next time New Orleans gets hit why don't you come on down and vollunteer to help at one of these shelters and then go back and write your story about the poor verses the rich. Sure, some are old and/or sick or disabled and need help and most of these are grateful for what they received. It's the able bodied strong men and women who refuse to work and wait for their welfare, free medical, housing, foodstamps and are the first in line to get their Fema checks when disaster hits. Some are 3rd and forth generation welfare recipitants. You didn't hear any of this from the southwest Louisiana or Texas folks when they were hit just as hard or even worse when Rita came ashore and I suspect you won't hear much complaining from them again this time. You evidently watch too much CNN and CBS news. Just about everywhere these refugees went during Katrina, they don't ever want them back. Sooo... Next time maybe, we can send them to your place.

Posted by Charlie Daniels September 16, 08 01:57 PM

Cheers to #52!!
#33 will do good to remember when you point your finger at someone..there are two more pointing back at you!
May God bless us all!! I refuse to put my faith in Scientists...God has a plan for them also.

Posted by Bea September 16, 08 01:58 PM

These are unbelievable pictures. Hopefully the death toll will not rise too much when all the rubble is removed. My prayers go out to all the wonderful people of Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, etc. who were affected by this powerful storm. God bless you all.

Posted by Marty September 16, 08 02:00 PM

I used to live here, 20 plus years. I've been through many , many hurricanes while I was living in League City, just right next to Seabrook. The damage wasnt this bad. I went to college in Galveston. My 23 year old son still lives in Houston and
my ex husband and his new wife still live in League City in the same house I used to call home. I wondered what happened to them. My son is ok, still no power in his apartment. He is back to work though and his school , U of H re opens tomorrow Sept 17. The day after the hurricane landed, he did not have food for a day, no cash, no gas, he was not prepared. He finally had to que for long lines of obtaining gas. He got food from whatever food shop is open. He will be more prepared next time, Im sure he learned his lesson. He does not remember what we went through with the many hurricanes that battered Galveston while growing up.

Posted by Marie B. September 16, 08 02:00 PM

Unblieveble pictures.Mother nature is trying to teach us that we have to take better care of her. I sincerly hope that the tragedy is taken seriously.Sincerly Sili

Posted by Sili Giraud Ozerdim September 16, 08 02:01 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 02:06 PM

I am fortunate to live where I do. You always here about damage done all over the world. But this time, it was too close to home. How scary. This was the first time I even had to prepare for the possible of a major storm. After Katrina, I thought I saw it all, boy was I wrong. God Bless to all those in need.

Posted by PAL September 16, 08 02:07 PM

I have to say I am so angry right now. I am from LA and not from NOLA either but the other part of LA taht is sometimes affected by Hurricanes. I am proud and DO NOT live off of welfare never have and God willing never will have the need. I hate that the whole world thinks LA is a miserable state. My neighbors who have lost everything, you will never see with thier hand out. They are so proud they wont even apply for the disaster food stamps. DO not assume we are all the same good ppl it makes .. well you know what out of all of us and rihgt now I feel like one. Feel free to email me at

PROUD CAJUN that would help any TXn including my dear daughter and ex husband

Posted by MO September 16, 08 02:08 PM

God be with them and bless them all.

Posted by Sharon Roscher September 16, 08 02:11 PM

What devastation!! A good demonstration of natures force and might. I am also amazes me that some idiot people blame it on Global Warming, Remember Galveston in the early 1900's

Posted by Mike York September 16, 08 02:12 PM

God Bless everyone who has been effective by hurricane Ike.....

Posted by Cathleen Caldwell September 16, 08 02:13 PM

I am a Christian. I believe in God. I do not believe that if we all "straighten up & fly right" that the Lord will abolish Mother Nature to again unleash her wrath on any parts of this world, not just America. There is no war between Texas & Louisiana. WTF? Just because there were some "bad" folks arising from Katrina, doesn't mean there needs to be "bad" folks arising from Ike. How old are you people? For God's sake, human & animal lives were lost again. It's not about who helped who or who didn't help enough. Maybe you should take your aggressive & hateful thoughts & apply some of your frustrations to helping your fellow Americans during this tragedy. Name calling doesn't solve anything - it only makes the hatred worse. White, black, brown or yellow, Texans or Louisianans - we all bleed the same. We all are responsible for our own actions. We all (believers) will answer for our sins when God is ready for us to come home. I don't think my God is more favorable to any one race than the other. I think we're all His children & more than likely, He gets frustrated when we treat each other like we do. But I don't think he brought Ike to spank the folks in Galveston for not acting right. If that were the case, I'd be getting my butt spanked all day, every day. Come on people. remember that we're all Americans living in the best county in the world. I pray for all those that were affected by Ike. I can't imagine not being able to go to my home. I can't imagine being without electricity for that long. How alone they must feel. How I hurt for each & every one of my fellow Americans. God bless you all (even you atheists). :-)

Posted by LEE September 16, 08 02:17 PM

those pictures will bring tears to your eyes. i feel so sorry for all tht had to endure anything like that.but god will be with you all you have to do is have faith. he does,nt put anything on us that we can,t bear.god bless each and everyone of you. i'm keeping you in my prayers

Posted by linda September 16, 08 02:17 PM


Posted by NANCY September 16, 08 02:17 PM

I have no words. Mother nature is devastating. I feel so sorry for all those people. We felt a little of the storm in East Texas, but nothing like all this. So sad!

Posted by Becky September 16, 08 02:23 PM

incredible. unreal. sad. really sad.

Posted by amanda - brooklyn ny September 16, 08 02:24 PM

its the frequency and power of these hurricanes and other weather anomalies, #328; global warming increases volatility and occurences of storm systems and energy stored in the water; you can't compare the number of people killed a century apart due to vast improvements with infrastructure, early warning detection systems, etc. which affect body counts and dollar amounts of damage.

Posted by anon September 16, 08 02:26 PM

Oh My God - My heart goes out to

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 02:27 PM

My wife and I regularly spend vacation on the Boliver Pennisula at Crystal Bearch and if all makes us sick. I certainly hope all the friends we have made over the years there are safe and sound. What a tragedy.
I also wonder about the long term economic impact not only to the Texas gulfcoast, but the the U.S. as a whole.

Posted by John Fine September 16, 08 02:32 PM

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.

Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?

Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?"

It is strange given all we know about the science of extreme weather that it is attributed to some unknowable, yet completely unquestioned hand of God. Perhaps it is much harder to accept that these things happen without regard to our best and worst intentions, because these tragedies seem meaningless without some shred of hope that we can avoid them if we simply behave in accordance with divine law. But storms do not care about your personal morals, what church you attend, or who you are voting for in the upcoming election. They are a product of natural causes just as the aide these folks receive will be a product of our own natural collective intervention. We can squabble on the particulars of our respective beliefs (or non-beliefs), or we can follow the words of the famous skeptic and philosopher Bertrand Russell who said, "The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.”

Posted by John Campbell September 16, 08 02:33 PM

I pray for all those people affected by Ike, may God have mercy on them and give them releif from their suffering.

Posted by Greg C September 16, 08 02:34 PM

My husband and I live in North Houston. We will be joining Habitat for Humanity because Galveston will re-build!!

Posted by Nikki September 16, 08 02:35 PM

Amazing pictures

Some videos from my neighborhood can be found here.

Posted by RpWhiteIII September 16, 08 02:36 PM

I live in Florida so I know what everyone is going through and it really sucks. Hopefully the government provides an adequate amount of help and relief so that people can get there lives back to normal. My first hurrican was Ivan, and I thought it would be fun to stay and go through it. Bad mistake I was so scared come 1 am that I thougth we might die. Never again will I be so stupid. When they tell you to get out get out its for your own good. For those who stay you should think about your family first. Hope everyone in TX gets their lives back quickly.

Posted by Kenneth Guyotte September 16, 08 02:36 PM

Alright children, enough bickering. We ALL have the right to our own opinion. We should respect that. Remember this is America and we are ALL Americans.

Come on group hug!

I know each of us can do something to help, even if it is just a kind word.

Michele in Texas

Posted by Michele September 16, 08 02:36 PM


Posted by Karla Quesada Rodríguez September 16, 08 02:38 PM

may God be with us all...

Posted by hoghead September 16, 08 02:38 PM

OH MY!!!!! I love the great state of Texas and honestly feel for everyone down there that has lost something and is going through this in one way or another. My heart goes out to you!!! God Bless!

Posted by Shannon September 16, 08 02:39 PM


Posted by CMSGT.JOHNNIE F. LOFTIN (RET) September 16, 08 02:39 PM

Saw this type of destruction when Katrina took my son's home in Slidell, LA. 3 years ago and the area still isn't completly rebuilt. My heart goes out to these people.

Posted by Conrad Gilbert September 16, 08 02:39 PM

I can't go home yet, but I am one of the lucky ones who still has a home to go to. This storm was devastating and some of the things that people are saying on here are so hurtful. I don't live on the beach, but houses close to mine were destroyed; trees down, roofs off, windows blown out and horrible flooding. Lives have been changed over night and the only thing that these people who stayed behind and are without food, water, air conditioning deserve is our prayers and help.

Posted by Bonnie September 16, 08 02:39 PM

Don't worry about your English. Your sympathy and emotions were perfectly clear. Thank you.

Posted by M Drago September 16, 08 02:40 PM

I cannot think of any words to say. My heart goes out to everyone.

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 02:41 PM

wow these photos should touch the lves of every living soul no matter how you act through out life just think how those people are feeling now we all should say a prayer

Posted by c collins September 16, 08 02:44 PM

GOD bless them with a full recovery.

Posted by cm September 16, 08 02:45 PM

3 Hurricanes since 1973 were enough for me...glad my family moved out of Houston.....

Posted by Joe September 16, 08 02:48 PM


Posted by JS September 16, 08 02:48 PM

WOW!!! How ignorant are you people? Do you all sit around and wonder why the people of the East Coast and the West Coast build houses on the beach? Do you sit around and call them stupid? I live on the outskirts of Houston in a town on the west side. We frequent Galveston and the surrounding areas as everyone in this area does. It is a great vacation and recreation area. It holds so much history and some of these buildings have been there since well before the big hurricane of 1900. If you were here to see what we have been seeing over and over again on the TV, you all would realize that this was not normal. The houses in Gilchrist, on Bolivar and Chrystal Beach among all the others have survived many hurricanes. The massive size and power of this hurricane took everyone by surprise. You are only seeing the devastation closest to the coast. There are houses that have been ruined much farther inland as well. I cannot believe how this seems to be turning into a complete political event. There are people helping people here and we all make sure that we are helping our neighbors. We have asked for assistance, it is just too slow for what we need now. There are people starving and living in ruined homes or shelters and these were not people that were told to evacuate. These were people that were asked to remain at home and shelter in place with at least a 3 day supply of food and water. Most took those warnings and stocked up on what they could, some are starting to run out and stores are crazy right now. Some have long lines and are only letting in 10 or so people at a time. Most of the city is without power. In fact, even my home is without power and this is the first time I have been on a computer since last Thursday and it angers me to see some of the responses to our problem. No one expected this storm to bring the punch that it did. We took on Alicia in 1983 and walked away in much better shape and that was a Category 3. This was a Category 2. Some may blame global warming but all of us who have made Houston and the surrounding areas our home say it’s a bunch of BS, it would have happened eventually. We were due for our big storm after 25 years. We watch you all get snowed into your houses in the north, wild fires, mud slides and earthquakes ruin lives in California, tornados rip apart other parts of the U.S. You never hear us calling you stupid for living where you do. We all take a chance with a natural disaster by just living. Some just choose to live their life to the fullest where they are the happiest and if that’s the beach, then it’s their choice. We all take chances every day. The people who lived along the coast have been there for years without problems. I hope all these places rebuild. The standards for these houses are stricter than before. If you actually saw what was going on here, you would see that some of the newer homes are still standing. Yes, they are damaged but they are also still there. You see what the media wants you to see. You don’t see how our local politicians have reacted and what warnings were given to us prior to the hurricane. Most everyone in low lying areas of the coast were told to evacuate. Some went and others chose to stay because previous experiences led them to believe they would be safe. If we had waited around for the rest of the country to come to our aide, more people would be added to the death toll. Our area was as prepared as they could be and have handled the situation very well. I hope you all remember that when you face a natural disaster in your area. I hope you see that you have to help yourself before others will help you. Texas is wonderful place to call home and Houston, though not the prettiest city in the world is a great place to live, full of great people and diversity, and we will overcome this challenge and our lives will be normal again. You can’t compare Ike to Katrina. They are two different storms that hit two totally different landscapes with different economics and abilities. The difference is we were as prepared as you can be. Nothing like this can happen and there not be devastation and loss of life. You people have to remember that it wasn’t only the coastal areas that were destroyed but that there is destruction in places that were not even concerned with this storm because they thought they were far enough away from the coast to be out of harms way. I could rant on all day about our situation, but just keep in mind that until you live here and you experience it, you have no idea what it is like to live through one of these storms. The creaks and moans of your home, the non-stop howl of 100 mph winds, sideways rain, debris slamming into your house for hours at a time, hearing fences and trees snap and hit other structures…it’s not something anyone ever wants to go through. So you can all sit there and criticize us but you are all correct in one thing. Texas has a pride that no other state has. We can make it through this and we will prevail, rebuild and move on with our lives without dwelling on this one catastrophic event forever. It will not govern the way we live and we will not milk for everything its worth for the next few years. Of course, there are some without that Texas pride that will do just that but remember, this is a great Republican state and many of us believe in helping ourselves!

Posted by Pissed in Houston September 16, 08 02:51 PM


Posted by Stephinie September 16, 08 02:55 PM

wooah!! Excellent set of photographs to remind everyone of the power of mother nature.

Makes me thankful to live in a country that doesn't have such extreme weather conditions.


Posted by juanelo September 16, 08 02:55 PM

The photos are great, but so much devastation. My heart and prays go out to all those people.

My husband is part of a crew of tree trimmers that is on site to help with restoring the electric and when he talks to me about the devastation in Texas I can only cry.

May God be with every person that has had to deal with devastation of this nature.

Posted by Robin Hertz September 16, 08 02:56 PM

muy buenas fotos..........tristes momentos

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 02:58 PM

Has anyone heard about the residents of Texas City. I have heard and seen photos of surrounding communities, but nothing of Texas City.

Posted by Theresa Schoultz September 16, 08 02:59 PM

For the record and to the idiot that posted "you people still deny global warming". GLOBAL WARMING HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS !!!!!!!!! They had one worse in 1900.

Posted by David September 16, 08 03:01 PM

wow..that horse is just chill'n drinking water...

Posted by jason September 16, 08 03:01 PM

Geez! The image from ISS.. it's amazing to see what mother nature can do.

Posted by Ed September 16, 08 03:01 PM

Have lived in Freeport,Texas my whole life (57 years). Parents came to Freeport in 1938. This was the first storm my family left, only because a Cat 4 was forcast.
I thank God ,our town ,for the most part was spared. And I pray for my friends in Galveston and further up.

Posted by Richard Turner September 16, 08 03:03 PM

Unbeliveable! I just didn't realize how terrible the storm was. My thoughts and prayers go out for the people in the stricken areas who suffered loses.

Posted by AB September 16, 08 03:05 PM

God bless each and everyone of you affected by these tragedies. People all over the world are praying for you (and even your beautiful animals) . But please try to stay strong and know that you can overcome whatever is thrown your way because GOD said He will never give you more than you can carry. Right now your load is extremely heavy but, you can and will carry it through. I and many millions of others will continue praying for all of you. God bless you and be with you always.

Posted by Robbie Wheeler September 16, 08 03:05 PM

My heart reaches out to each one of the individuals effected. May peace come into their lives.

Posted by Gayla Bevans September 16, 08 03:06 PM

Life is so precious and tomorrow can change in the blink of an eye. Ceased the moment to reflect on your family and love ones.

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 03:06 PM

I have not been able to quit thinking about the people in South Texas from the moment I saw e-mails 12:00 noon on Friday of photos of what the waves were doing to the seawall and all I could think was "Ike is going to do some major damage just like Katrina". I couldn't keep my eyes off the T.V all weekend.
My hats go off to the Red Cross, volunteer groups, citites from all over Texas who are headed down to help. when I saw the news and the Fort Worth mayor Moncrief was giving last orders to his men, I got goose bumps and couldn't help but cry....
I am fortunate to live in such a wonderful state who are pulling together in this time of need to our fellow neighbors of the south.
I'm trying to get registered with Red Cross to go help in a couple of weeks, I have time off and I want to go help where I can......
God bless everyone who has been affected by Ike and god bless the the people who are pulling together!!!

Posted by Jeanie Spears September 16, 08 03:09 PM

And I havn't heard ONE Texan say it's the governments fault - we understand that when we live in harms way, sometimes things happen out of everyones control. We in Texas thank you for your Prayers & thoughts. May GOD bless all yall !

Posted by Johnny Anders September 16, 08 03:10 PM

My heart goes out to all and the many families of those that are affected by these horrific tragedies. God be with you all.

Posted by Pam Cary September 16, 08 03:10 PM

As a residential designer here in North Central Florida, I was amazed to see the two homes left standing. There are two designers, engineers and contractors that will be searched out for ability to build a hurrican proof home. We try hard to specify the proper anchors, etc, but here is proof.

Posted by John Richter September 16, 08 03:12 PM

Just goes to show that building codes do matter

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Posted by ÊÃÁ September 16, 08 03:15 PM

For all of you commenting on how the people in Galveston and other areas hit by Hurricane Ike are "Rich".....WTF??? Galveston and some of the other areas are some of the poorest in Southeast Texas. Yes, many people have vacation homes there but many also live there year round. Had you been there or here to Houston for that matter before the storm you would see that we have rich and poor. Funny thing is, ever since Katrina, the poor far seem to outweigh the rich! Unfortunately, with poor comes crime and the down fall of our neighborhoods! Good luck to all in my home town of Houston! We will get back to normal and we will rebuild and help Galveston recover!

Posted by The Rich in Houston - hahaha September 16, 08 03:17 PM

Our Lutheran Church from a small town in Wisconsin has now sent five different groups ranging from 5 to 45 to the Gulf Coast to assist in restoring people's lives after Katrina and rita. I also know of several other near by churches that have also made the trip south. I'm sure assistance will be forth coming from this area.

After our 100 year flood in June our area received much help from the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for which everyone is grateful. Some of hese people came from Texas and Mississippi.

It disturbs to read all the postings with negative comments about things the people who suffered most from Katrina, Rita and Ike could not control. Lets everyone give their support to all of the Gulf Coast and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jim in Wisconsin September 16, 08 03:17 PM

#58 Patrick in Paris

thank you, good soul. merci, bonne âme!

This is a time for kind words and actions, not one upmanship. New Orleans is a beautiful place with special people. Galveston knew it was going to get hit again one day. Houston is way to big a target not to get slammed every now and again.
The macho attitude makes me cringe to say I am from Texas.

For every one of you who say they would never build on a beach, there is someone out there saying they would never live with the tornadoes, the fidgid cold, the droughts, the floods, or the earthquakes.

We live where we live. For every bad aspect there is a good to counterbalance.

Posted by andy September 16, 08 03:19 PM

How do you deal with this? I can't imagine how people survive such devastation. I live in the UK and my friend sent me the pictures and I was absolutely stunned by the damage, etc. Good luck to all who were hit by this terrible storm and to the people who helped them.

Posted by A, HAYTON September 16, 08 03:19 PM

Hoping that the affected area will be recocovered soon.

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Posted by m marler September 16, 08 03:23 PM

I want to know where the horse is in picture one??? And where the cat is on picture 18. Where is all the animals that need rescuing or temporary homes?

Posted by Cali Calgirl September 16, 08 03:25 PM

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. these will remain in my memory forever...

Posted by Michael Holloway September 16, 08 03:28 PM

Having moved from Tulsa to Houston, and currently live and work in Houston and have had many opportunities to work in Louisiana--There is no doubt that Texans, Louisianans and Oklahomans are some of the most hard-working, generous, caring and forgiving folks on the planet. Ike was another storm that the folks in SE Texas faced just like they do all other challenges--with their chins up and hands ready to work and help their neighbors. This is not unusual for folks from the south and the Heartland. We do help and care for our neighbors and families--call it pride, love, caring--call it what you will, but we get the job done and don't whine and complain to other entities to wipe our noses and send more money.
The negative experiences from NOLA were horrible, however, I'm certain we only heard about the bad ones. I know there was, and still are, good people in Louisiana.
What many Americans voiced objections to were those in NOLA that refused to help themselves, complained about the assistance given, and continued to complain that not enough was done. And we don't want to hear about them not being able to help themselves because they were poor. Be poor is not being helpless. I came from a poor family that worked very hard and made the best of what we had.
I do believe the majority of the population in New Orleans are good people, we just heard about the bad ones. AS for the bad ones--we should have let them drown.

Oh yeah, Global warming causing hurricances--As soon as Santa and the Easter Bunny confirm this--Send me an e-mail.

Posted by Richard September 16, 08 03:30 PM

I am so saddened to see all this destruction. Poor people loosing it all! These states have to review and raise their building standards. People must not go thru this again! Build in cement and if u want to build in wood then use other standards (maybe the ones the builder of the house on photo 11 used) cause obviously the ones you have now don't work! I'm heart broken, please let us know how can we help. :(

Posted by lissie September 16, 08 03:31 PM
404. can't be ridiculous to think that BUSH is responsible for ALL disasters. To all the victims of hurricane Gustav and hurricane Ike, GODSPEED!

Posted by Dan September 16, 08 03:31 PM

Compartilho meus sentimentos com as pessoas atingidas nesse desastre. Observo, porém, de uns anos para cá, que essas ocorrências vêm ocorrendo com mais intensidade.
Tudo isso não seria uma resposta da natureza com o que fazemos diariamente nesse planeta?

Posted by José Roberto - Ribeirão Preto.SP. - Brasil September 16, 08 03:32 PM

It is amazing to me, after seeing all of the photos, only a few deaths. So very sorry for all the familys involved. So very BLESSED..... We all are to be safe in our homes here . in Alabama. I hope that their lives are restored, somewhat, very soon. Thanks to all the workers out there who are helping. God Bless and keep them safe!.

Posted by D. Defee September 16, 08 03:33 PM

God Bless the state of Texas.

Posted by N September 16, 08 03:34 PM

My sympathy goes out to every family that was affected by hurricane Ike, words can not express the hurt and pain that i feel for these families. I pray that everyone be bless and safe. I know times are hard but God is good. Don't give up!!!!!!!!

Posted by T. Re'nae September 16, 08 03:39 PM

To #169 AMEN!

Posted by Beth September 16, 08 03:39 PM

Everyone around the world should be praying for you! We love you all and feel your pain.

Posted by Sharon Bennett September 16, 08 03:43 PM

We are our brothers' keeper. Let's get to work!

Posted by E. Siegler September 16, 08 03:44 PM
412.'s terrible... Russia with you - remember it. Not politic - just frendship. Hold On !

Posted by Min September 16, 08 03:46 PM

I live in louisiana lived in Texas before that. There is good and bad on both sides. trash is trash. lets not argue about who did what lets just all get in there and help people. its god bless AMERICAN.

Posted by hcb September 16, 08 03:46 PM

I was stunned by the images, and hope that no one would have to experience such disaster again. I believe that constructors should definitely reconsider the way the houses and buildings are build in such area's.

Posted by TJ September 16, 08 03:47 PM

My heart goes out to everyone that this has effected. May God be with you all. Take care of each other. You are all in my heart and my prayers.

Posted by Cindy September 16, 08 03:49 PM

Incredible photos depicting the power of nature and the reality of how life can change so rapidly. It's unfortunately that it usually takes a tragedy like this to make us realize how fragile life really is and how important our family, friends, and neighbors are to us.

May God bless all that have survived and all those helping restore life to those who have lost it!

Posted by Russell Hartsfield September 16, 08 03:49 PM

Well #11 says it all. This is why you "run from the water, hide from the wind." I've lived on the central Gulf Coast for 50 years. To anyone ever considering staying on a barrier island, or bay during a hurricane, look at this picture very closely. Then decide what you should do. I pray you choose to leave.

Posted by Surf September 16, 08 03:50 PM

A real flashback to Rita, not really Katrina, that was actually a very different event in New Orleans, the lowest socio-economic strata of the City was left behind for CNN & Fox headlines, along with the criminal element. Everyone learned something about poor planning after that. The mayors of Houston & Galveston took heed and did their best. I'm appalled that a few moronic people in Texas (well maybe just Chris H) were so quick to speak badly about the natives of LA, but you didn't hear much complaining from the citizens of Cameron and Vermilion both after Rita and now, where the surge returned after .just 3 years
The fact is, Houston received many criminal and state supported "unwanteds" from Katrina as well as many aged and infirm citizens who just had no where to turn, and we are thankful thatTexans are friends to us. I know that most Louisiana residents can sympathize and have welcomed anyone, no matter where they call home. We even can say a prayer for those who, in their ignorance, hate blindly.

Posted by Patrick T. September 16, 08 03:52 PM

I'm tired of all the belly aching!
I live in Montegut La. We were devestated by Gustav and Flooded by Ike. So what!
We live in these areas knowing dam good and well that we are at risk of these disasters!
This is not the first hurricane to ever hit our coasts!!
Come on people! Cry a little let it out, get whatever you can from your govt. Because you know it's your money anyway (taxes remember) and rebuild wherever you want. Just remember you're at risk anywhere for disasters to happen. Lets shake it off take care of our kids, make it as painless as possible for them and get back to enjoying the good life. Yes it won't be easy, but we're grown-up, we can take it. And hey if you can lend a hand, help a neighbor. And chances are he or she will rebuild right next to you againg. Learn from this. Don't wait for a hand out. Go and get what's yours even if you have to fight for it, but you people are the only ones who can make it happen. don't keep blaming others because you're the one who is too lazy ! That's all I have to say for now except God bless everyone!

Posted by Timothy Normand September 16, 08 03:54 PM

#1 was unreal with that horse grazing in the waters. The cauffines was something else as well. Those are great pics taken

Posted by poohbear September 16, 08 03:54 PM

I live in Texas,City,Texas. I must say that my family and I are extremely fortunate that we sustained minor damage to our house. Unlike many others who have lost everything. My thoughts and prayers to all. Like it has been said"Texans are a strong bunch and will adapt and overcome.

Posted by Billy Kennedy September 16, 08 03:54 PM

It seems that with all the destruction why can't we find a way to stop hurricanes.

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 03:56 PM

I was born and raised in Texas lived here all my life and it continually puzzles me why so many people choose to continue to stay in their homes in the face of these devastating killer storms. What is the matter with these folks? Might they live and survive, doubt ...but why put the resources and lives of our first and secondary responders through life threatening situations when you should/could have left and had mutiple chances to get out safely. I mean is it some type of ploy to get a FEMA check or what is their idiocracy motivation? Property is important to all of us but you can leave with your pictures and memorabilia that matters to you. Pull your head out of the sand and come to your senses. Responders have lives and families why endanger them due to your greed and or stupidity.

Posted by Gary Jefferies September 16, 08 03:56 PM

Greetings from a survivor from Baytoen/Houston area. We are still without power at home but because we work in katy, which was not hit as bad and has power we are still expected to come to work. These pictures are amazing but only tell a small part of what has happened here. I really dont know how everyone is going to get though this... but unlike what happened with Katrina we'll get out there and make things happen because that is what we do. we will move on and rebuild, one house at a time.

Posted by Kathy September 16, 08 03:57 PM

This is so horrible. Right now my best friend is in Jamaica and I'm scared. I live in Ohio and our power every where is out :(

Posted by Chandler September 16, 08 03:57 PM

These pics are so unbelievable.... My heart goes out to each and everyone of them. I am sooooo sorry for the familys that lost there things and loved ones. But i'm very greatful that my niece and sister-in-law and her parents are ok.

Posted by Anne Mcphail, WaterValley, Ms September 16, 08 03:58 PM

My heart goes to the beach front property owners, bay front owners and downtown
houston and surounding areas that was destroyed.
Although this isnt blue water here on the Texas Coast, this is the only get away we have. We appreciate it. Home is home. All the assistants FEMA, Red Cross, National Guard have done a great job in getting supplies to victims that need it. Some people are bashing them for not getting there within 12 hours. Did they not have food for breakfast if Ike didnt hit? Did they not have food already in there pantry for the weekend? They are bashing cause they dont have water or food right then. Stop and look at yourself. The people in Galveston, Bolivar and Gilchrist dont have a home. NOTHING to go back to. Stop complaining and appreciate what you already have. These pictures are devasting.

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Posted by E.ALVARADO September 16, 08 04:01 PM

To everyone who is complaining about why we choose to live in this area: this is an oil rich area, that is located in perfect position on the coast for shipping to the rest of world. We have to live somewhere close to where we work. So unless you ungratefull, incompassionate people want your gas to go up to $15 per gallon we need to get this area (houston, port arthur, orange, beaumont, tx city, baytown, etc) back up and online.

Posted by SE TX resident September 16, 08 04:03 PM

Pray for the families and Friends..

Posted by BDW September 16, 08 04:04 PM

I cannnot express how sad I am for the folks that reside in the area of 'Ikes' path. We in Scotland complain about the weather, but really we have nothing to complain about

Posted by Malc Stewart September 16, 08 04:07 PM

What to know what to do DONATE BLOOD! Some one need it and you have it to give.

Posted by CDH September 16, 08 04:08 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in these areas. I hope someone was able to rescue the horse and kitty in the tree. It is amazing they survived. Great pictures - but terrible devastation.

Posted by Cathy Bailey September 16, 08 04:09 PM

#96 are you insane or just ignorant to suggest the President caused a natural disaster? My prayers are with all who are dealing with this tragedy.

Posted by Sheila September 16, 08 04:10 PM

It's relly strange hearing others tell me what i went through during this storm. Never saw a single news outlet reporting my area. This is the first time I saw pictures of what happened. Everyone was really wanting news of where ice could be found so we could conserve what little food we already have. The media was concentrated at Galveston, and downtown Houston. Our governor promissed the city with ice prior to the storm, instead, smaller surrounding counties had both ice and food distrubuted. So, it is our city, state, and national governments which is the real tragedy here. the storm is not over. Just like Louisiana, the wealthy who control are governments, will take advantage of this crisis to make it too exspensive for the average person to move back.

We should all be ashamed that our concentration is on the wind, and rain here. We should be looking with a watchful eye, and vocal our outrage from our public servants. You would think that our cities would have a good plan for how to handle the before, during, and after-math of such disasters. When we leave our faith to our governments, and even God; we will always be disapointed. It is up to us, individually to be civil and design a plan.

It has been brought up that if you live on the side of a valcano, you will one day exsperience problems. And that others will have to bail you out. This is true. It is the rich with second houses who live next to the beach. They will also rebuild after the storm, and we will use our resources to bail them out again. Their is a reason why older cities were built further from the beaches. This is common sense here. But some refuse to see the obvious, and use lines they hear from others; weather it be from television, friends, or church. If we used our own minds to think, we will then feel more secure from future tragaties.

Now we all see the picture with the oil slicks. and we know what our government's plans are on this issue. So, are we all to turn a blind eye. Or will we learn from this exsperience, and speak out now ?


Posted by Tony Orlando September 16, 08 04:11 PM

I am from Louisiana and have lived in Louisiana all of my life. In my younger years I did have the opportunity to visit our neighbor state Texas, on many occasions. After I was married and had a family of my own, my family and I had to opportunity to vacation in Texas (New Braunfels, San Antonio, Austin) and I am ashamed to admit that I didn't want to go (at the time). All I could think was the crime was so out of control and I was afraid. Was I ever wrong! I have never met such warm, friendly, generous and helpful people in all of my life. The people of the State of Texas have hearts as big as their cowboy hats. That was probably the most enjoyable family vacation that I have ever been on and I would go again and again and again. On Saturday (please keep in mind that the hurricane came through on Friday night and Saturday), I couldn't help but notice on news reports of the hurricane that there were street sweepers on the streets of Houston, already cleaning up. The hurricane wasn't even through the state of Texas and already Texans were busy cleaning up and re-building their lives. I have no doubt that people living in the affected areas will rebuild their homes and their shattered lives at record speed because that is what the people of Texas are made of. There are also many small coastal towns scattered across the gulf coast of Louisiana that were also affected by Hurricane Ike and they too will rebuild. Texans have always helped the people from Louisiana and the people of Louisiana will repay the favor because that's what neighbors do (especially in the south). To those of you not living in hurricane affected areas, please try to refrain from speaking on what people should or should not have done because until you go through this kind of natural disaster, you just don't know of what you speak. To the people of Texas and Louisiana and all other areas affected by Hurricane Ike, I wish you Godspeed and a quick recovery. Keep the faith.

Posted by Beau Guidry September 16, 08 04:12 PM

Everyone affected by this storm my heart goes out to you.
This just shows us the mighty power of God. Our prayers are with you all.
Texas is strong and you will regain your strength again… Donations are being accepted here in West Texas for you all… we will help how every we can… Be safe… and hang in there….

Posted by Kathy September 16, 08 04:14 PM

See all those pictures made me think about friends i know living in georgia. You are in my prayers everyone. Especially my dear friend kadene Hinds. God is still craddling you and calling you back to him. He is watching and keeping.
We all love you. Come back to us soon.

Posted by veneisha and the Tomlinsons September 16, 08 04:14 PM

When I seeing all those pictures made me think about friends I know living in Georgia. You are in my prayers everyone. Especially my dear friend kadene Hinds. God is still craddling you and calling you back to him. He is watching and keeping all the residents in that area as well.
We all love you. Come back to us soon.

Posted by veneisha and the Tomlinsons September 16, 08 04:17 PM

May god (or their higher power) be with them and their loved ones at this awful time. Katrina was a great teacher. Because of her, many lives were saved this time!
Brian Smith, Portland, Oregon

Posted by Brian Smith September 16, 08 04:20 PM

Al #53 Have you ever worked a major disaster?

I speak from experience. 6 years as a US Naval Rescue Swimmer including Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Fiery Vigil/Ashpac '91 (the evacuation of Clark AFB, Cubi Point Naval Aair Station, and Subic Bay Naval Base, transit of personnel to the Cebu, Mactan Island temporary evacuee area, and humanitarian assistance in the Philippines, following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo).

Sometimes the best that you can do is provide someplace dry and safe and some level of basic necessities, IE: Food, water, shelter, clothing. For the displaced residents (Refugees) from New Orleans to expect or feel entitled to more instead of being greatful for the outreach they were receiving is downright disgraceful.

As for those affected by this, my mother being one who lost everything, god bless them all.

The body counts are not in yet and seeing the devastation on Bolivar and Galveston, those counts are going to be a lot higher than the current "around 30". You are going to soon have rescue workers in need of PTSD therapy.

Texas has not asked for help from the Federal Government or other states because Texans do stand independantly and do a very good job of taking care of their own, but assistance has been offered and accepted graciously from other states and organizations. We have our pride be we are not to proud to turn down a helping hand.

Posted by Brandon September 16, 08 04:20 PM

Question: What does God have to do with any of this?

FACT: Hurricanes are natural events - they are designed to transfer heat from lower latitudes.

FACT: Peak hurricane season occurs from August through September

FACT: Humans take risks.

...and despite the Katrina's, Rita's, Gustav's, and Ike's....humans will continue to congregate in coastal areas...

but I guess that's their God-given right....correct?

God didn't send this hurricane...just as God doesn't spare individuals who were too stupid to heed the warnings. The only difference between this event and Katrina revolves around mobility - these people could get out under there own power while utilizing their own resources. The people in NOLA couldn't...because they were so dependent upon the government.

Humans have devolved to such a helpless state. These hurricanes reveal one thing for sure - the true side of human nature...loot, rob, and grab for the comforts of our modern world.

...and as we mourn the loss, we crave the devastation.

Posted by Mr. Yeti September 16, 08 04:20 PM



Posted by BRENDA September 16, 08 04:23 PM

After seeing these pictures, it brought so many memories. You see, here in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, we lived through Hurricane Katrina 3 years ago. And our Coast looked just like the one with only one house standing and the rest gone. I feel for each of the people in Texas and Louisiana who have been affected by Ike. We feel your pain. We had no means of communication, nor power nor a place to live.

Posted by Mary Perkins September 16, 08 04:24 PM

Really show horrible of Hurricane, i live in Florida, I was hit with 4 time in 2004,but lucky I don't live near or next to ocean, I was in middle of florida but, as pictures show more like every mobile homes and tree uprooted, All mobile homes were awaful destoryed.. I was without power for 7 days, then again 4 days, and 5 days. Bad experiences for me without elecric, heat is unbearable, i took in pool all day.
No food, but eatwhat i have left over ca of , tuna, chicken, spice ham, I eat out of can. Thank God i got bottle waters from one of Church that gave away even ice cubes, By the next weeks after hurricane, all supermarkets open, even gas then by everything were back normal.
At that time We move in from Vermont, and then next 2 weeks, our first experience of hurricane... Bad hurricane, therefore Up in heaven must have bad
colds running,.

Posted by Rosemary Bellio September 16, 08 04:25 PM

Keep these people in your prayers and if there is anything you can do to help out then do it and just be blessed that your ok when the storm hit. God will hear your cries for help and strength.

Posted by Krissy Alexander Temple Texas September 16, 08 04:28 PM

I am from Holland and as a lowlander we have experience with high waters.
But this........... OMG

And this are only 28 pictures!!!!

Posted by Yohan September 16, 08 04:28 PM

To #436 (Sheila):

#96 comment was just simply stating that there has been so many bad things and disaters to happen during Bush's 2 terms... chill out.

God bless the one's who have lost so much.

And, it is true that a picture says a million words... chilling!

Posted by Julie September 16, 08 04:29 PM

About No. 11, the fella asked if it was steel construction. It looks like newer construction and they have stricter standards than the older ones that are gone. It most likely sits about 20 feet up, where the others were 10 to 12 feet. I know, my house was built in the 50's and its gone. Most of that town is gone now.

Posted by Becky Cleaver September 16, 08 04:31 PM

Having lived through Katrina, my heart goes out to the people in Louisiana and Texas. I would like to set the record straight on hurricane Katrina. Katrina did not destroy New Orleans. Katrina came ashore in Waveland, MS. The levees breaking is what did all the damage in New Orleans.

Posted by Dianne Windham September 16, 08 04:33 PM

Such devastation. This photo-journalism truly captured and reminds us all how strong the force of nature is, and how fleeting life can be. Such a delicate balance. May hope, love and healing spring eternal.

Posted by Francy September 16, 08 04:34 PM

To all of you who were being hatefull and ugly, you should really be ashamed of yourself. I think all these people who have lost their homes and personnel belongings would prefer to read a nice and supportive comment or prayer than ugly and hateful words. What if it were you in this situation? That's why this world is becoming more & more hateful because of people like you, especially you atheist people.
God Bless all the people that are in need and have lost everything they had during the Ike hurricane

Posted by d. chavez September 16, 08 04:35 PM

#437 - I can't believe that you are actually from here. It seems as though you have missed a good portion of what has been going on here since this storm passed through. We were constantly being told where to find ice and other necessities. Did you not listen to the warnings pre-storm? Stock up on things that you would need to survive? I am by no means a rich Texan, but neither were my friends that made their homes in Galveston County. Why is it assumed that all beach houses are owned by the rich? That is so far from the truth. Next time, maybe you ought to listen to the warnings and prepare. You would be much better off like my family. We bagged our own ice and started to keep it days before the storm, just in case. We stocked up on food and other provisions. It's a shame that I have to call you a fellow Texan and that you can't see just how well our local government has responded to this crisis. It is not their responsibility to hand you everything on a silver platter!

Posted by K September 16, 08 04:37 PM

The pictures are awesome!! Totally amazing what Mother Nature does to one.. May the strong become stronger and may God lead the weak to the strong for strength. God Bless each and every one that has been affected by these storms.

Posted by D September 16, 08 04:42 PM

That one lone yellow house in mom used to live right next to it. and the first baptist church of gilchrist was in front of it.

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Posted by ILEANA GARZON September 16, 08 04:46 PM

To the people who keep posting about how one shouldn't live in a certain part of this great country, let me please remind you about what services the Gulf Coast of Texas provides you with. The area between Houston and Orange, TX is the nation's largest concentration of oil refineries and petrochemical plants. Spare me the green bullshit - each of you reading this is a user of everything produced by these workers. The Port of Houston handles the second largest amount of tonnage in the United States, second only to South Louisiana. The number of manned oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico is well over 1,000, and many of those workers live along the TX Gulf Coast. Al Gore may take your SUV or pickup away from you, but we have no intentions of trusting a plug in vehicle to pull a trailer, boat or portable meat smoker here in Texas! So when the next mud slides happen in the Pacific NW and California, or a quake happens in Southern, CA, or an avalanche happens in the Rockies, or a heat wave swoops over the Dakotas and Montana, or a blizzard cripples the North East, or tornados wipe out towns in the central US, or a massive flood wipes out farms along the upper would you like it if the rest of the country told you that you were just plain stupid to live in an area where natural disasters happen? To those offering your prayers in this time of crisis, we thank you! For those making political jabs or offering Monday morning wisdom, please go politely find a place to F U C K yourself!

Posted by clinging to our guns and religion September 16, 08 04:49 PM

My heart goes out to every one who was really effected by IKE. I pray that all the family's make it through these next few weeks, months of hard times. When you see things like this it really makes you open your eyes. Hold on tight to the ones you love and reach out for people who you know need your help. We need to stick together, there are people out there that have really lost everything....the only thing left that some of us may have is our loved ones......God Bless each and every one of us in every way possible.

Posted by Stefanie Bartlett, Rosenberg. TX September 16, 08 04:51 PM

Devastation abounds with every new tragedy. People's lives are lost, familes are destroyed and heroes are everywhere. If you can't help physically or financially, then pray for these people and their familes.. Yes, Texas will bounce back. It may take years but this is the strength of the American people. We never give up and never will.

My sympathy goes out to everyone affected by this travesty. If they have their family intact, most everything else can be replaced. The only people I don't feel sorry for are the ones who refused to leave. Wasn't it the same as what happend in Louisiana? Nature is nothing to play with. It's not a time to party or hide in the closet or basement until it's over. If you're fortunate enough to have warnings, heed them. Don't put someone else's life in danger because you think you're invincible. Unless you have a death wish, get out! Nothing in your personal belongs is worth your life or anybody elses life either. It's time for the rescue workers to let people know not to call for help if they ignore the warnings to get out.
Dealing with the aftermath of destruction is bad enough without having to look for bodies and rescue stubborn people. Once again, if you have your life, you have everything. Nothing else is more important. Everything else is just stuff. Once you have passed, most of your stuff if not worth anything to anyone else.

Posted by Debbie September 16, 08 04:51 PM

You know everyone until you have lived threw a Hurricane, No One, I mean No One understands the devastation. My heart and my Prayers go out to all the people effected. I have lived on the Island and felt the Pain.And still have family down there. Any one and everyone that can send help Please do so. It will be years before they fix Galveston back the way it was, But they will rebuild they will not run and hide. Galveston will be back with all of our help. Remember The Song Oh Galveston, Oh Galveston.

Blaze in Dallas, Texas

Posted by Blaze September 16, 08 04:51 PM

Damn the government for not stopping this's almost as if it were a natural disaster or something!

Posted by gcggirl September 16, 08 04:52 PM

This is one of the nature disaster that does not relate to global warming. Earthwake, hurrican, twister, drought, vocano, snow storm ......come naturally that is not man made, # 24 are totally wrong. Those who does not live in the Hurrican zone could due with different problems. Therefore, who are living in such those areas have to prepare for the worst. I believe, Gaveston beach will be a good resort in the near future.

Posted by std September 16, 08 04:54 PM

We hope and PRAY for all the people that was affected by this storm and we want you to know that you will surive. MAY GOD BLESS P 7 J

Posted by Pam and Joe Faulk September 16, 08 04:54 PM

Haha #454, I am from Houston, TX and I am an athiest. I am not a rude and evil person. In fact I am very giving, loving person. There are very few people in my life that know that I am athiest but those that know do not think any less of me because I am no different that they are. I just don't understand why "god loving" people can't understand that not all of us athiest are horrible. We just don't believe in a higher power like you do. I have a scientific mind. I have to see it to believe it. I can see evolution but I can't see "god". Being a god-loving person, you should be more accepting of others, right? Isn't that something that you all preach? I hate to see the destruction that Ike caused and I am here to help my family, friends and neighbors in any way I am I a bad, hateful person just because I am athiest? You should generalize like that.

Posted by K September 16, 08 04:55 PM

What happened to the high-rise condos at the west end of Galveston Island? I've seen nothing about them.
What has happened to the hotels across the road from the seawall? What about the Flagship Hotel?
What about all the mansions along the main road going into Galveston )I can't remember the street name)?

Posted by Leslie Stewart September 16, 08 04:57 PM


Posted by KAREN September 16, 08 04:58 PM

Let's see how many countries send aid to us??????

Posted by Bob Blaha September 16, 08 05:00 PM

It was almost impossiable to get supplies before the storm. The area I live in had lines of cars around the block, grocery stores had lines formed outside the building. When you do get to the counter, all the items like ice were sold out.

The phones were dead, and no AC. There was no wind to help cool off during the night. The mildew stunk so bad, and there was no way to air it out. The information from neigbors was not accurate. As far as the homes on the beach. they are primarily rich people who either own a home, or rent to others for vacation. In fact the insurance is so high, that the average person could not afford to own. I have lived in houston all my life, and have customers who live in the houses on the beach. in fact, one customer lives next door to George Bush. The beaches use to be public, but over the years the people who own these houses have made the beach private. I use to fish, and camp with family there, no more.

To the man who put down my earlier post of 3437. As far as my humbleness in my reporting. I am a political activist, and would be glad to compare what is in my head to yours. I get RSS feeds from around the world, and have used this information in a possitive manner to get people involved. You dont see me picking on people's posts here. I was trying to add my experience here. The fact remains that we should pay more attention to how our cities plan for such events, and how they will take advantage of the poor afterwards.


Posted by Tony Orlando September 16, 08 05:01 PM

Oh my God. You read about it, you hear about it, you see it on TV but nothing shows like these picture the true picture .. The fear on the face of the cat in the picture.This would have been hell for anyone to go through

Posted by Terry Cover September 16, 08 05:02 PM

When we get to Heaven the will be no more hurricanes. PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by troy September 16, 08 05:05 PM

I just sent a donation to the Red Cross to benefit the victims of this hurricane.
Everyone may want to chip in to help with this disaster...that is if you are able to.
thanks.......... Donate to the Red Cross at and you can desigate where your donation goes to help.

Posted by Don DeBaer September 16, 08 05:05 PM

My heart goes out to everyone of them who as suffered due to ilk!!!!!

Posted by DONNA BEMISTER September 16, 08 05:08 PM

"Nature always has the upper hand" ....
We PRAY for all the people that was affected by this storm...

Posted by Jay September 16, 08 05:09 PM

That is so sad... I could just IMAGINE the devastation for all of those people who had to evacuate and leave only to come back to almost nothing- I understand that life if more important but Im one who knows that starting over is almost impossible .... My condolences for those lost, My prayers for those who survived it, May God Bless and keep everyone impacted by the hurricane(s).

Posted by Lenzy M September 16, 08 05:09 PM

Im so sorry for what everyone has had to endure, it is such a tragedy..We who live in a country,feel lucky, but helpless.
My heart goes out to all who have lost and can only hope they will rebuilt and be stronger.
God Bless you all

Posted by Melody September 16, 08 05:13 PM

Our prayers are with all the communities ravaged by Ike.

Posted by Kat Carpenter September 16, 08 05:16 PM

"Sorry if it sounds cold-hearted, but it's very hard to feel sorry for people who build houses mere yards from the shoreline in an area infamous for hurricanes. How do they even get insurance? People who knowingly put themselves in harm's way and then put others at risk who have to go rescue them should get scorn and contempt, not praise and sympathy. If they rebuild in the same place, they deserve whatever happens to them next time. And there will be a next time."

Posted by John September 15, 08 04:35 PM"

Well, John the Omniscient, I suppose people choose to "build houses mere yards from the shoreline in an area infamous for hurricanes" for the very same reasons people choose to build in areas "infamous" for earthquakes, wildfires, forest fires, tornadoes, mudslides, blizzards, droughts, and avalanches.

We now know you can offer your self-serving judgment, so what are you doing to HELP those who are 50+ MILES inland?

Posted by Tracy in Houston September 16, 08 05:17 PM

This is for number 59 above...

My friend just lost his weekend house in Galveston. They are unable to insure them because they are so close to the water. I am not sure if everyone did not have insurance, but the majority of them were unable to get it.

There is nothing left. not even scraps of wood from their home. It was on stilts for the high water days. They knew the risk when their father purchased it many manyyears ago. I feel sorry they lost it, but they are lucky enough that it was only a weekend house that their father used to own. When you look at the pictures of the empty land and debris, understand that most will not collect an money.

I wonder if they will be able to sell the land when all is back to semi normal?

Posted by Me and Me September 16, 08 05:24 PM

I'll tell you why so many people stayed in their homes in Houston and the surrounding areas, because so many people that did not evacuate during Rita seen that for most of us, the storm was nothing more than just another rainstorm with minimal wind. That's human nature, people evacuate for one and nothing happens, the next time they don't because they remember what they went to before that was unneccessary. I personally did not evacuate and I live in Northeast Houston. The storm was unreal, but all I lost was a 10' section of fence. I was lucky. As far as the negative comments about New Orleans go, yes, we did get some lowlifes delivered into Houston from New Orleans, but we also got some great people as well. It's always a case of taking the bad with the good. New Orleans is an incredible city and a treasure of the South. What most people fail to realize about this storm is it was a Category 2 storm by wind strength, it was a Category 4 storm by storm surge which is what did all the damage to the coast, especially Galveston. A Category 4 storm surge is 13 to 18 feet, parts of Galveston was hit with over 20' storm surges, that's basically a CATEGORY 5 STORM SURGE. I don't care what you build your waterfront home with, a 20' wall of water in a CATEGORY 5 STORM surge is going to take it down. The pictures are incredible and saying so does not make the reader care less about the devastation that occurred. It is after-all the pictures that will be what history uses to remind us of what happened last week, just like it's the pictures of the Galveston in 1900 that remind us of what happened then. Finally, for those that call us stupid because we believe in God, I'd rather believe a God and that there is something for us to look forward to after death and be wrong, than not believe in God and die only to stand before him and find out I was wrong. I am amazed though at how many unbelievers in their deepest and darkest moments always seem to find themselves calling out to the God they spent their whole life saying doesn't exist.

Posted by Jack September 16, 08 05:27 PM

The response of our nation's citizens define what it means to be a proud American! It restores our hope and faith.

Posted by L. Owen September 16, 08 05:27 PM

Some fascinating reading here.
First, let me say to the good folks in the path of Katrina that were NOT in NOLA, I'm sorry. You people probably received less assistance than anyone in the US after this sort of disaster because of all the ignorant people the news kept showing us that put us off wanting to help. I know there are good people in that disaster still rebuilding and I'm sorry you get lumped in with the negatives from NOLA.

Texas, my heart and prayers go out to you.

I can't comprehend how anyone can talk about global warming, but I've been trying to figure that out for about 20 years now and I guess that those comments just prove what most of us here already know - the media controls what we are allowed to know.

As for the believers offering prayers, can anyone tell me how you can talk about our Father in heaven and "mother nature" in the same entry? There's NO mother nature in any of my Christian Bibles.

I think we are seeing the diffence in character here between TX and NOLA - but let's remember not all of Louisiana is NOLA, good people were affected too - again, the media just wanted to show us the bad for ratings and to try to get us to blame Bush for it all too - HELLO -can ANYONE tell me how this could be the fault of ANY man?? If you really believe Bush is capable of such things as creating a hurricane, you should be too scared to speak about it because think of what he can do to you if his power surpasses God - where do people come up with things like that? Is this a result of serious drug issues or a symbol of our education system? I can't fathom where such outrageously stupid comments can originate.

God bless you Texas and the GOOD folks in Louisiana and Mississippi and Tennessee and all other areas that have suffered major disasters and got back up and kept going. The truth is, the bad folks from NOLA are the product of the welfare system, it's really not their fault, they were taught to be that way. Hand outs like that never help anyone. A helping hand in times of real need is a Godsend, but handouts that breed laziness are never a good idea.

Posted by E - MN September 16, 08 05:33 PM

It is funny how the Texans displaced by Ike do not have the entitlement attitude of many from past large hurricanes in nearby states.

Posted by Lazy Mary September 16, 08 05:34 PM

Natural disasters can happen any time, any where. It's in the hands of Mother Nature and God as to the severity of it. I am not sure if you can ever be truly "prepared" for any type of natural disaster. All we can do when one occurs is pray for the families that were affected by it’s destruction and do our best to lend a helping hand.

Posted by Kristina in Dallas September 16, 08 05:35 PM

totally insane

Posted by Doug the Master September 16, 08 05:35 PM

To all you folks blaming the oil and water picture on offshore drilling....

There were HUNDREDS of BOATS and YACHTS and CARS and TRUCKS and other vehicles with gasoline on the coast. That's probably where that image came from.

Soooo....unless you DON'T drive a vehicle, you are also part of the "problem" because YOU are a consumer of fuel (that probably came from our refineries) no matter where you are in this country.

Even BICYCLES have oil on the chains.

Posted by Tracy in Houston September 16, 08 05:37 PM

fantastic pictures ans unbeievable. Sure glad I live in alberta

Posted by Wally Robertson September 16, 08 05:38 PM

These pictures took my breath away. May God bless all the victims involved. picture #14 was incredible. i will be praying for all of those people.

Posted by Maria September 16, 08 05:39 PM

My heart goes out to all of you that lost your homes, loved ones and belongings.
My heart is saddened.
As for the very uneducated people posting on here that it's because of Bush and these people shouldn't live here you all need to get a life.
It has absolutely NOTHING to do with President Bush!!!
Have you ever thought we live in such a sinful nation that maybe these are consequences for our actions.
Let's grow up and rememeber that we live in a country that MANY people would die to be able to live here.
It's not perfect, and it never will be, but it's idiots like you making these comments that makes our world so negative!!
We are praying for all of you!
May the Lord be with you and His grace be upon you!

Posted by Amy Cheeser September 16, 08 05:40 PM

I plan to contribute at a nearby Kroger store some money for this devastating event. My condolences to all that have been affected by this horrific storm. try to keep your chins up - Thank God more lives were not lost but so sorry for the lives that were lost... God bless us all. Much love

Posted by Barb Jones - Dallas Texas September 16, 08 05:41 PM

I grew up going to Crystal Beach every year, and now I take my family. My heart is broken for all of those families, and everything they have lost.

Posted by Jennifer September 16, 08 05:43 PM

#467 You must have left town before the storm ... because there WERE NO ATHIEST IN HOUSTON DURING IKE :)

Posted by David C. September 16, 08 05:45 PM

I had no idea ike caused that much damage

Posted by melvon Jones September 16, 08 05:46 PM

poor horse....

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 05:50 PM

Unbelievable is almost too surreal to imagine the destruction and devastation that Ike has caused.

I agree with want proof of global warming, or earth trying to find a balance? Those images are your proof! My heart goes out to all the individuals impacted by such a tragic event.

Posted by Cram September 16, 08 05:53 PM

I have personally worked in two disasters like this while in the military, but the strength and power of the wind and rain I will never believe. God bless all the people who lost loved ones and their homes. You have a great deal of support on it's way for months to come. America stands behind you all.

Posted by Tony Trotter September 16, 08 05:56 PM

of all the devastion ive seen in my life this has to be up in the top 10 . and ive seen a lot of sorid scenes . the bible says devastion will cover the earth in the end times . Is this the begining or the end,only GOD knows.
marlene and I just came through Houston 2 days before the diaster .

Posted by john and marlene Switzer September 16, 08 05:56 PM

It's funny, that Ike is very similar to ik, because these photos depict something
close to GASP!!!! There's not a repeatable word that describes the terror those poor victims suffered.
I hope we never experience a prololonged hurricane of Ike's ilk. However, I fear this only the beginning of experiencing an inconvenient truth; and if I didn't play with words, I'd cry. I wish America God's mercy.
Ignacio Vidal

Posted by Ignacio Vidal September 16, 08 05:57 PM

These devastating storms and earthquakes have been happening since earth time began. The best that can be done is taking place after the storms, when help can get there to bring needed water, food, clean up crews, and medical attention from caring people all over our land. Americans are known for their giving. We can all be thankful for that.
The earth has been in constant change since it began million of years ago. The earth cools for thousands of years then warms for an untold amount of years. This earth is not on any time table and is in constant change caused by the internal combustion within the core and the flight path it takes around the sun. It is a good world with many challenges to be met by humans. I believe 98% so their best.
The photos help us know what others are going though so we can help. Thanks go to the photographers that went in to do this work.

Posted by Meelliot September 16, 08 06:03 PM

We lost everything in Katrina JUST LIKE photo #11 shows. We were on Lakeview Dr (old rat's nest road in Slidell, LA) I wept when I saw MORE devistation there.
I want to say to all who lost everything... Things always happen for a reason... We may not know right off what the reason is but there is a reason... LEARN from it... learn that life, family and God are all that is important on earth. Things are nice BUT... believe me, my family members are the ones that make life sooo worth while.
Photos lost and memories like that hurt when lost forever. but I will say my memory of those pictures come back in vivid color to my mind when certain things happen that remind me. Life goes on... Times are tough... Recovery is slow... Life is worth the time... I will keep you and yours in my prayers... You all will survive, I promise. Gail

Posted by Gail Troncoso September 16, 08 06:06 PM

Heartfelt sympathy to all who suffered through IKE. He sure was a nasty storm and I believe everyone ahead of me shares my feelings so there is nothing else to say as I can't believe my eyes when I see such photos. I just wonder how these folks can pull up their boot straps and keep going. It must be very difficult.
Bless you all and know the rest of the world suffers with you.

Posted by J.R.Torok September 16, 08 06:07 PM

#374--Pissed in Houston~


Posted by Tracy in Houston September 16, 08 06:07 PM

In 1953 there was a tornado that crossed the Mississippi River and hit downtown Vicksburg very bad . It does not compare with New Orleans but it was very diverstating for everyone. We were told that a torbado would not cross a river. Folks from all over came to help. Let us all belive that Mother Nature has no pets and will strike anywhere.

Posted by Betty Harden September 16, 08 06:08 PM

Amen to the comments made at #228.

Posted by Freda Goulet September 16, 08 06:09 PM

Between the pix of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and now Ike, it's hard to realize that this is our America - our country. They look more like a third world country and my deepest sympathies to all the families these events have affected. These pictures are indeed hard to look at, but in their ugliness, there is some beauty.

Posted by Carol Rainer September 16, 08 06:11 PM

whether you believe in God or not please show kind consideration to this and all tragedy. When it's your turn for your tragic moment I hope their will be kindness shown to you. Any small or large help given I know will be greatfully appreciated.

Posted by Jody September 16, 08 06:16 PM

To #380 and all others who say global warming had no part in this...Really? How many other enormous natural disasters in the year 1900? Were there also earthquakes big enough that they killed 100's of thousands of people or Tsunami's that wiped countries and killed the same amounts of people or Tornados as strong and as frequent as they are today? Seriously? How can you deny that this earth was NOT designed to withstand what we've done to it? do you believe we can build, build, build and and create pollution forever? Is that what you would suggest? You probably believe the Ice Age didn't happen either. It's sad to see something like this happen, but the truth is, these natural disasters are getting stronger and more frequent by the year.

Posted by Ryan September 16, 08 06:16 PM

We live in South Dakota and have had some terrible ice storms in the past years causing many homes,farms and businesses to be without power in below zero temperatures for weeks on end. Other states rushed in to help get poles and lines back up and we appreciated all the help we could get. Now it is time for other states to help out in the hurricane-ravaged regions. We do not think you are stupid for living where you do because we live in South Dakota for the same reasons. May
you be able to rebuild and finish out your lives with the help of God and our country. Such graphic photos break my heart.

Posted by Eileen September 16, 08 06:17 PM

Great picture coverage. The damage is far more then most people sees on the news. Anyone who refuses to evacuate when a major storm is coming, have no one to blame but themselves if they get stranded. Wake UP People ! and listen to what is going on, and even if it ended up being a small storm, then be thankful. Don't be like so many people in New Orleans that refused to leave and got upset when they werent helped fast enough. They were told in plenty of time to leave, but refused. If I lived in places near the ocean and below sea level, I would get out even if I had to ride a bicyle to leave, legs were made for walking and those that can't walk can be helped, so don't put the blame on any else. Texas did a great job evacuating people and the people in Texas at least listened, some didnt but most did and that is why we didnt see a large number of people stranded. We can blame one another for what happened when Katrina hit, but most of the problem was that people wouldnot leave, and hearing they had no way, well that too is an excuse, the evacuation may have been done poorly, but everybody had time to get out of town or at least to higher ground. Now is the time to work with each other and get things back to as normal as they can be. Our prays are with everyone.

Posted by JGAltice September 16, 08 06:18 PM

Shame on those of you who spend your energy pointing fingers at others, blaming the current administration, and saying "serves you right".to those whose lives have been effected by this NATURAL disaster. God forbid you should ever have to encounter such devastation. Hopefully, people will be kind and sympathetic to your plight, rather than negative and smug.
To all of those who suffered from Ike, from Cuba to Texas to Ohio and beyond, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will spend my energy trying to help, either with donations or my time.
BTW, the photos were unbeleivable. Thank you for posting them!

Posted by DCR September 16, 08 06:19 PM


Posted by RON ...SPRING TEXAS September 16, 08 06:21 PM

Wow. Nature is amazing. All of those affected are in my prayers and thoughts.

Posted by Whitney September 16, 08 06:22 PM

,,,,,We live in San Antonio. TX...We were very fortunate, lucky and thankful. All we got is a slight rain...Someone UP THERE likes us..

Posted by Jess & Yolah September 16, 08 06:23 PM

OK, is it Dec. 12 or Dec 21 that we're supposed to be waiting for?

Posted by Virginia Mead September 16, 08 06:24 PM

I'll bet the person that owns that single house that stands alone amidst all the debree.......... knows how to pray!

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 06:24 PM

Unbelievable pictures. Number 15 was the one that really got to me. And #18 - after all the devastation, there is still survival.

Posted by Laura-Lee - Calgary, Alberta, Canada September 16, 08 06:24 PM




Posted by WILLIAM WEBER September 16, 08 06:24 PM

I just want to add that I am so proud to be both a Texan, and a Houstonian. Every person that I have seen has taken the devastation and risen to the occassion. There are genuinely good people who care about helping others more than helping themselves. Praise God for His grace and mercy and for helping us through this disaster.

Posted by proud houstonian September 16, 08 06:24 PM

God bless all who is suffering from this tragic hurricane & may he comfort all those who has lost a love one.

Posted by Rocky S. September 16, 08 06:24 PM

Hurricanes show no partiality. I live 130 miles from the Gulf Coast in Alabama and hurricane Ivan in 2004 almost destroyed my house. Even as far north as I was from the gulf, I was told to evacuate and believe me I did. How much better to be safe than sorry!

Posted by Martha September 16, 08 06:26 PM

#56 It's a shame you have to try to belittle people and their beliefs through the internet while the tragedy and destruction of these storms are the real issues. Helping people is the task at hand; putting them down to push your agenda with an 'imagined diety' is not. This is not about you.....

Posted by Mary September 16, 08 06:28 PM

#460--clinging to our guns and religion~

Yep, darn right.

Now that I've read my daily Bible verses, I gotta go clean my gun. Very bitter about that.

God bless the USA, and God bless Texas.

Posted by Tracy in Houston September 16, 08 06:28 PM

I'll bet the person that owns that single house that stands alone amidst all the debree.......... knows how to pray!

Posted by Steve from OKC September 16, 08 06:28 PM

I give thanks in knowing that through Christ we can overcome all!

Posted by Paisley Guzman September 16, 08 06:28 PM

Lots of sympathy here for the Texans. Anybody feel anything for the Haitians? An already poor country suffers devastating loss of life and property and not a word of sympathy. Are we really so insular in our thinking that we don't give a toss about anything outside of our own borders? These pictures bring it all to the conscious level of our thinking.

Posted by Maude September 16, 08 06:32 PM

got culture shock. whoa!!!!

Posted by vince cadorna September 16, 08 06:32 PM

Seeing these pictures is like reliving what we dealt with during and after Hurricane Ivan. Kudos to those who have commented that it does not matter where you live in this country; there will always be acts of nature we must endure. And when and if it happens to you in your part of the USA, may you have folks come to assist you in your time of need. I know there are many from the panhandle of Florida who have left to go and assist people in Texas and Louisiana. They came to help us and it is our turn to help them. Such destruction is so difficult to view but for those in the midst of it all, I wish them the very best in getting their lives back together.

Posted by Courtney Winstead September 16, 08 06:35 PM

sorry for what i saw .

Posted by lisa September 16, 08 06:35 PM

These pics are unreal just to look at. May God be with all of the people that this affected.

Posted by Pam Morris September 16, 08 06:35 PM

@ Leslie in # 468:
the Flagship hotel is still pretty much in tact, they lost the ramp to the pier on which it's built and as small section of wall is gone, but the 3 pier establishments to the east are total history, inc. the Balinese Room that had a 79 year existence with Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope performing along with a lot of other huge stars...
I THINK the hotels on the Seawall fared so-so; don't know of anything about the mansions on Broadway; try Chron-dot-com, their coverage has been good

I still don't have power, but I'm WAY better off than the Bolivar people and the Galveston residents who from what the Houston Chronicle reports will (maybe) lose 1/2 their tax base

I go and vacation on Bolivar but can't imagine I will ever again looking at the # 11 shot , I have my doubts that the Bolivar communities can bounce back from this; the state may / will not re-do Hwy 87, what with the Gulf too close a neighbor and another good tropical storm or hurricane will wipe out what's left... Dang, if I feel bad about losing this how do the poor people who were living there feel?

Posted by troob September 16, 08 06:36 PM

Man thinks that one day he can control Mother Nature. If these beautiful but terrible photos don't tell these men with there vision of doing such a thing, then I wonder what will.

Posted by leamonjones September 16, 08 06:38 PM

No one but the people that live there could ever imagine how they must feel. God Bless each and every person that suffered through this devistation. My prayers are with them all. We who did not experience the wrath of hurricane IKE do not realize just how fortunate we are.

Posted by Bonnie H Rowland September 16, 08 06:41 PM

It is always interesting to hear people say, "This could not happen to me because I don't live in those places, etc." Disasters happen everywhere and they can happen to any of us. Everyone in a comfortable, dry home tonight should get on his or her knees and say thanks -- this could have happened to me. And all of us as Americans should rush to help anyone in this country in trouble. And give freely to the Salvation Army. In my experience with flooding, they were the first and last on the scene -- without constant appeals for more and more money!!!

Posted by JFD in Texas September 16, 08 06:42 PM

So now when you hear that it is time to evacuate....will you?

Posted by CDF September 16, 08 06:43 PM

It is truly amazing what nature can do. We don't understand just happens.
We as a country are in a crisis with our financial and natural disasters. I have been to Viet Nam in 1968..was a Navy Hospitalcorpsman with marines. I Witnessed suffering and death...I suffered....but I'd go back there again before I'd face Katrina or Ike.....

Posted by Tom Woolbright September 16, 08 06:44 PM

These pictures sadden me. I know the wrath of hurricanes very well from experiences in the Caribbean and Florida. I love the generousity of the American people and know you'll pull thru' this. My prayers are with you all.
May God bless and protect you.
Mackie in London, UK

Posted by Mackie Fagan September 16, 08 06:44 PM

So pitiful. May God Bless these presious people. May it lead people to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. May God have mercy on these. We need to keep them in our prayers.

Posted by Larettia Hale September 16, 08 06:48 PM

I am in tears. I live in Houston and have been without power since Friday at 11pm. Thankfully my church brought us a generator yesterday and we were able to find some gas to run it. These are some of the first pictures I've seen and I just can't believe it. We haven't seen the same news footage as others because we were without power. I am just in tears.

Posted by DJFRANK September 16, 08 06:48 PM


Posted by LISA TRAVIS September 16, 08 06:51 PM


The caskets are scary! I feel bad for the people whose houses are gone, or relatives lives are gone.

God bless you all.

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 06:52 PM

my prayer to all

Posted by Ryan P September 16, 08 06:54 PM

OMG!!! Wow to the pix. With the standing house, and all the other little broken things around it, WHOA! Thank you SOOOOO much for posting these pictures. These are beyond beyond. Everyone, I will pray for you!!!!

P.S. Thank you again!!!!!!

Posted by Angie September 16, 08 07:02 PM

First of all, God blesses, protects, comforts and restores lives for all who seek Him. This tragedy is only one of many from our past and sure to be in our future.
For those who compare the affects of Katrina or for those who judge the actions of the people who are still rebuilding their lives in New Orleans from the most catastrophic storm EVER to hit the United States to this event, God Bless you! I guarantee that Hurricane Ike's damage will be fixed and the lives of those affected will be restored quicker through the help of our Federal Government for the Great State of Texas. Thank God and all of the Federal and State Legislatures who realize the importance of this Great State. One will only wonder why the City of New Orleans will still be trying to rebuild, when South Texas is back on their feet.
Please visit the devastated areas of New Orleans, 3 years later, anytime you like and understand my frustration. I just hope that the politically powerful and financially stable northern states start realizing the importance of the Southern States and their importance to it's ecomonic stability through oil - gas - ports - seafood and farm products.

Posted by Sal S September 16, 08 07:05 PM

#11 seems to have affected everyone. The man who built that house has built other homes in Crystal Beach. Has 5 completed right now and all of them survived the hurricane. Unfortunately, my family bought one that he didn't build, only refurbished and lived in for many years. It was going to be our family beach house to make family memories.

You might find it interesting that when we talked to him today and asked him about the yellow house in the photo, he said that he built it nineteen feet above the ground. Guess that tells you how high the storm surge was. And for those of you who aren't familiar with storm surge, it was flooding neighborhoods about 18 hours before Ike made landfall. Crystal Beach will come back, but I'm not sure that we will rebuild there. Thanks to all of you who have expressed concern for the many families who have lost homes, businesses, friends, pets and the community they loved!

Posted by Judi Dotson September 16, 08 07:05 PM

I am a native Texan who has lived all over the US and recently returned to Austin for good.

My brother and sister were born in Galveston, my dad, grandfather and great-uncle all went to med school at UTMB and I spent countless hours and days on the beach with friends from preschool through high school and college.

Five weeks ago, we took our six year old on his third Galveston trip and I'm sure that vacation home is gone.

This city is in my blood and these pictures have finally allowed the tears to flow. It's a good city and this devastation just breaks my heart.

Shame on those of you who would mock these people. I am a yellow-dog Democrat, as are much of Galveston and Houston but there is no need to blame an administration or a group of people for this tragedy. Shame on you.

Please help in any way you can: if you can donate to the Red Cross or a Texas animal shelter, please do. If you would rather your money stay in your town, please donate close to home. The next time you have a disaster, I hope that Texans will be among the first to respond and to help.

We are all in this together.

Posted by Kiki September 16, 08 07:08 PM

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Posted by LUckyman012 September 16, 08 07:09 PM

It has amazed me for a long time how some people blame the President for acts of Nature. None of this or any of the other natural disasters are the blame of any one person. Galveston storm of 1900, who's fault was that? No one knew that storm was even on the horizon, but thankfully today, we are warned. Idiots chose not to do as was "requested" and leave the area. They are lost for that choice in their lives. The people who were flooded out earlier this year, or the poor folks who lost their homes, belongings and some lives from forest fires, was not their choice in life.
It is also not God's fault, nor is it President Bush's fault. I hope that some of these coastal areas will not be rebuilt, it is not worth the cost at any price. I also wished that homes on the hillsides in California would not be rebuilt but that is all wishful thinking. I would love a beachfront home here in NC, but not a reality for me. I know this but my "hopes and wishes" about rebuilding are not practical for we all know they will rebuild, better and hopefully, safer homes and businesses. But we all know that Mother Nature will take back what she wants when she wants it and there is nothing we can do about it, nor can we continue to blame the government.
It is not the government's responsibility to rebuild everything. That is what you pay insurance for... you chose to stay... live with it. I have no one to help me repair my home nor do I expect someone to come in and do it. I will die with the roof falling in.

Posted by mek September 16, 08 07:15 PM

Not only am I hurt but truly angered after reading the derogatory comments some have written about Louisiana residents. Admittedly post Katrina conditions in New Orleans were horrific and some of the area's population chose to worsen the situation with their response. Unfortunately, that is only what the national news media chose to cover. Do any of your remember seeing or reading the numerous stories of neighbors helping neighbors in any of the smaller communities below New Orleans that were devastated? How about the gratitude shown to the multitude of workers who poured into the state helping to return electricity to all of our towns? Anyone see any stories about the aftermath of Hurricane Rita and how the hardest hit southwest Louisiana towns have taken matters into their own hands and rebuilt their areas? Don't recall any stories about the recent aftermath of Hurricane Gustave either. Guess since most areas were lucky enough not to have near the flooding or death toll as in Katrina the story isn't news worthy. But as one of many (and most of our parishes statewide were affected) who felt the wrath of Gustav in one of the hardest hit parishes in the state I can tell you the majority of Louisiana residents are not spoiled brats sitting around waiting for handouts. Everyone I know has shed their tears and picked themselves up working furiously to get back on their feet. Stories of neighbors helping neighbors abound. Stories of entire subdivisions lining the streets with food, water and other refreshments for utility workers abound. More positive things have happened than could be listed here. Life will not be "normal" for quite some time but it will be again and we, the affected citizens, will be the ones who make it happen. Texans are still in shock but they are as strong as we in Louisiana and they, too, will rebound from this disaster as stronger communities. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been touched by this extremely active hurricane season.

Posted by JWitt September 16, 08 07:16 PM

I'd like to thank everyone in the country who came and helped us get our power back! I got mine back today and this is the first I'm seeing of Ike's destruction outside my own neighborhood in the Houston area. So many volunteers from all of Texas's border states came to help us, and the Texas officials and police were SO GOOD too! All in all, a lot of help went around and came around.

Posted by C. F. September 16, 08 07:17 PM

We had a house in Gilchrist, Tx... obviously not the only one left standing. Luckily it was just a vacation home and we didn't loose everything - but others did. It is a disaster zone and though my families hurt is small our hearts and prayers are with those who have lost everything. The sun will always shine after storm.

Posted by Shelly September 16, 08 07:17 PM

i went through and lost everything in hurricane katrina. my heart goes out to everyone affected by hurricane ike. things will be hard for a while, but eventually life will go on though never the same. i hope y'all pull through okay....

Posted by beth from new orleans September 16, 08 07:17 PM

Holy shit how happy is that guy that owns that yellow house. Everyone laughed at him when he went with the more expesive builder but whos laughing now in his bed sound asleep with only a tiny hand rail to fix.

Posted by Nick Morrison September 16, 08 07:18 PM

The guy that owns that house in #13 won't have to worry about firewood for quite a while. Also rest in peace seems like an oxymoron.

Posted by Jack September 16, 08 07:20 PM

God Bless all you folks in Texas who have been affected by the storm. It's a shame the press only talks about New Orleans all the time. Clearly your damage is as horrible as their's has been.

We send prayers your way.

Posted by Ilona English September 16, 08 07:22 PM

OMG Pray to the Lord that we Can rebuild

Posted by Donald Wright September 16, 08 07:27 PM

I was told from many that the difference between this storm hitting Galveston and a nuclear weapon hitting the same area is that there was no radiation. The American public has no idea of how many people lost everything in southeast Texas and have no place to go. Think about it everyone...this could have happened to you!

Posted by Phil Dikeman September 16, 08 07:31 PM




Posted by DOT LESTER September 16, 08 07:31 PM

This is for the comments that was made about people living near the coast line. I am a bayou girl and proud of it! Just think about the next time you put gas in your car or use of natural gas. Also, think about the next time you eat seafood. Please don’t judge coastal living. We are making a living just as well as you are. The gas you are burning in your auto that getting you to work for your living comes 30% of the coast.
Louisiana provides 30% of oil and Tx. is included for all there hard work that they provide for the states. That’s why we are proud to live in the coastal regions hurricanes or not. Just remember, there is danger every were we walk.

Bayou people are the most kindness, hard working and giving people you will ever meet. There good nature will never die so we will rebuild and this shall pass. We thank god everyday for what we have and you should do the same.

Posted by Christie September 16, 08 07:32 PM

Just remember to pray for all the people who have suffered loss. God is in charge of everything in the world, time to stop and ask Him why ? Psalm 9:17

Posted by Robert N. September 16, 08 07:33 PM

For Tony Orlando....I suggest to you that not all the homes on the beach are owned by the rich. Four members of my family worked together to buy our house and paid dearly for flood insurance. Our house is now gone and maybe we will collect the insurance. But it won't cover our costs and it won't replace our memories.

And maybe you are not familiar with Crystal Beach, but it is not a private beach. You could drive your car along all 27 miles of it and the holidays found it jam-packed with families from other areas who were enjoying that beach to the fullest.
Crystal Beach area was kind of like a California beach town 40 years ago, full of a wide mix of people who all loved their community.

Remember that your experience of anything always has another side to it!

Posted by JD September 16, 08 07:33 PM

To all my brothers and sisters of this Great State of Texas and the Greatest Nation of the world. I say for once in our life lets put aside all our petty bickering and our silly childish ego. Remember we are all in this world together and we are not put here for our own selfish self centered devices but to help our fellow human beings in times of need. I say let us not shrink away from the challenges cast upon us by mother nature or other man made disasters but let us gather ourselves in the unbreakable circle of humanity and apply our undimished will to the task at hand.
We can and will recover and we will become stronger as a people if we just reach out a helping hand to those who are in their moment of need. We are all Gods children no matter where we are from. Lets act as one race the human race and make this world a better place for us all not just a select few.

Posted by Ron Cox September 16, 08 07:34 PM

I will repeat, hard to look at but need to see. When someone tells us time to leave. It' time to listen and leave. God bless all those who are effected by this terrible storm. I have friends from Baycliff I still have not heard from.

Posted by Doris Bilski September 16, 08 07:35 PM

My herat goes out to the families that have lost, businesses......Those pictures were roundbreaking. But realistic after affects, quite sure bought pain and devastation. God, be with you. No one is to blame. I lost several in Katrina some years ago. Again God be with you all.

Posted by SB September 16, 08 07:38 PM

I am here still surviving Hurricane Ike. I live 100 miles from where the eye entered the coastline (northeast of Houston) and there is devastation even here 75 miles inland that would boggle your mind. We are presently living (very rural) on generator power at about 30 dollars a day fuel costs. I have 3 small kids (6,7, 11) and we are all doing OK. I am presently at work in Beaumont, Tx where I am an ICU RN and our hospital in on full generator power. It is very wierd driving home at night (I live 50 miles north of here) in total blackout except the occassional house with a generator and headlights as the only manmade illumination. My 3 nearest neighbors all suffered partial or complete roof failures. It is still not as bad as when Rita hit us 3 years ago (in my particular case anyway). I was off the electric grid 17 days then and it was 100 degrees and 90% humidity ... BAD!

Anyway ... we'll survive, we are proud of America and Texas. All our little community has banded to gether to help one another ... the American way! So thanks for all the prayers .. we feel it! Give to your local aid for those that are in need .

BTW, The one house in pic #11 that survived was once one of thousands along the beachfront. There was approximately 15 miles of beachfront community that is wiped off the face of the Earth. And this is just one snapshot of misery. I spent many summers at the beaches on Bolivar Penninsula in my younger days. One could take a million pics of this misery. C Ya!

Posted by Bob September 16, 08 07:45 PM

#235, #241, #242 tell it like it really is. To the others who do not seem to believe in God, know that it is by the "Grace of God" that you were not affected. It could have been any of us, any place, anytime. I live in the state of Alabama and we are known for having tornadoes which destroy lives and property. My heart goes out to those who have lost so much and know that I am praying for each of you.

Posted by Linda September 16, 08 07:45 PM

We who live in the area and who have Thank God been able to say that we are fine are trying our best to keep our wits about us and help those who have not been as fortunate. This act of nature has nothing to do with money but with being on the "wrong side of the street at the wrong time". My family and I have thankfully come out of it with loose shingles, some leaks and cracked windows. Where my neighbors have two smashed cars, a tree in their living room and a gaping hole in their roof. Thank God no one was injured. Instead of arguing about who should do what and who didn't do what? Please keep in mind that there are many people who have nothing because of this. Instead of pointing fingers, how 'bout grabbing your phone and looking into how you can help those who don't have a car to get their one day of rationing, since you can't walk up to get it. Or those who have decided to car pool to save gas and find out that they are only giving food rations per car, (1 bag of ice, 1 case of water and a couple days worth of food), not per family in the car.
I know we will make it, I see how people here are helping one another and I see how patient people really are. All in all we will make it, but please save the negative comments for another time. If you would like to make them, call your congressman/woman and let them know that the way they are doing things is not working.

A-Belle - Houston TX

Posted by A-Belle September 16, 08 07:45 PM

Our prayers go out to all the people suffering through this crises; God will help all those in need through these trying times.

Posted by Thomas H. Snider September 16, 08 07:48 PM

I don't care where a storm hits. Any storm or any act done by a certain person or group that causes wide spread damage is devastating.

No matter what the news reports say or don't say, the people step up and help each other. Yes some of it is on the news some or rather most of it is not. It doesn't matter if it is a tornado, tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, or just a very powerful storm system that sweeps across the county or the whole country, the PEOPLE WILL step up and help one another.

By now you all should know that the more damage, the more devastation, the more heroic acts and stuff like that are what gets the most attention.

Yes there are those that will take advantage of the situation and use it to make a fast buck. Looting, price gouging and just plain thievery happens everywhere no matter what happened. There are good and bad everywhere.

I live near Houston and yes, help was asked for. FEMA is here to help as well as groups from many other states and cities. We have the National Guard and other military in the area.

On the other hand yes we do get our hands dirty and pitch in to give neighbors, friends, family and perfect strangers a helping hand, BUT that is the case EVERYWHERE.

How do we compare the enormity of the situation? By the news coverage? By the amount of help asked for? By the dollar amount spent to put the places back together?

I DON'T CARE IF ONLY ONE LIFE WAS LOST OR THOUSANDS, death is a devastation to someone.

We should ALL do what we can to help No matter what you do, if you only donate a buck or two, or if you lend a hand in cleaning, or a shoulder to cry on, EVERYTHING helps one way or another.

Just think if every person in the world would donate $1 to the rebuilding of anyplace that is hit by destroying act of nature or any other life altering act, just think of how much could be raisedo help those in need.

Now I know my spelling or use of words or something I said will be attacked by someone for some stupid thing or another, that is human nature for those that like to do the attacking.

What can I say but "We can't please all the people all of the time."

Posted by Ramona Ramirez September 16, 08 07:48 PM

you pictures capture what has happened better then anything I have seen on tv.
Regards John Gibson

Posted by john gibson September 16, 08 07:49 PM

I am so heartbroken to see all these pictures. My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Ike.
The photos were unbelievable.

Posted by Linda Kasprzak September 16, 08 07:51 PM

As long as we continue to devour the necessities of the earth it will continue to get worse. If a tree doesn't have to be cut down then leave it alone. No that newspaper is not a necessity.

Posted by Tim September 16, 08 07:51 PM

Gimmee the name of that builder on that single house! Great photography-

Posted by Bill Richards September 16, 08 07:51 PM

Picture # 11 is a place we rented a beach house one summer when I was 13. I'll never forget that summer at Gilchrist. It is on the Bolivar peninsula, accessible by ferry. We had so much fun there. Sadly, the house we stayed at is not the house left standing. Someone must've built some strong piers there.

Posted by Shelley September 16, 08 07:54 PM

man how is that possible that those coffins on pic 24 arised from 6 ft under....poor people...god bless

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 07:55 PM


Posted by Gwendolyn Moore September 16, 08 07:56 PM

# 24 made me sick to see...i cannot image how it would make one feel to see his/hers mother/dad washed up....Rest in peace.

Posted by Wanda September 16, 08 07:57 PM

We knew it was coming. We haven't had one for a long time. I was here for Alisha in 1983 and during Rita I had 10 people and 11 dogs in my home. I loved having everyone here and I have space enough to make due. In Houston/ Galveston there was help for those to get out and time for those to prepare. As a native to Houston I know you must prepare, but you must help those that truly need it. I feel sorry for those that lost everything, those that cannot help themselves, and those that did their best. I don't feel sorry for people who blow off the warnings. I have immediate family in the evacuation zones and this is what was said to me last week before the hurricane hit when I asked them to stay with me "I am facinated with the storms". I live 20 miles west of Houston and 111 feet above sea level. Sunday my that family called wanting my generator. I said no. There is more to my saying no like also like one of them stealing from me, but an able bodied person should hear the warnings and take them serious. I was prepared with food, water, gas and more for numerous. In fact my Aunt and Grandfather came to be with me. I really enjoyed the time I had with them. They went home although they still don't have power. I gave them my gas since I have power and they have a generator. Thank you for allowing me to say what I feel and I am sorry if I have affended anyone.

Posted by D September 16, 08 07:57 PM

I believe the person's comment about this being the "END TIMES' summed it all up perfectly and I believe it will be soon...sooner than we all think. Its like the saying goes..........if you are living like there is no God...then you'd better be right.
Personally, I know that there is a God and I plan on spending my eternity right beside him. May God Bless Texas!

Posted by Brenda Shobert in Augusta, Ga September 16, 08 07:59 PM

Living on the Florida Gulf Coast, we understand the importance of being prepared to pack up and leave. Material things can be replaced, lives cannot. I hope everyone in coastal areas wakes up to the possible violence of mother nature, and keeps their bags packed. Great pictures, Thanks, R. Rotenberry, Panama City, Fla.

Posted by Rick Rotenberry September 16, 08 07:59 PM

I want to personally thank Delores from FEMA who is from Houston, who came here to Cedar Rapids, Iowa (an entitled community for those who want to talk down to "welfare" recipients) for putting up with me. She told me that her hometown was Houston and after seeing these pictures the thought of her being so far from home with barely a home to go back to doesn't settle well with me.
Disaster can happen to anyone anywhere (just ask the Cedar Rapids City Counsel) and sadder yet, so does prejudice. Much of the country has forgotten us already here in the MIDWEST but I will bet they will notice their food prices going up. We haven't even begun to recover because our government won't cough up the money to do so. We still wait for the miracle that never happens to happen. Pray

Posted by beth September 16, 08 08:00 PM

I've been through 3 hurricanes and they always give you time to plan to leave. I know it's hard to leave your belongings but life is worth more.

Posted by dmmakita September 16, 08 08:00 PM

Maybe now they will change the building codes so the homes aren't built of cardboard in such a hurricane prone region. Even if they don't , people who are rebuilding should keep this in mind and not expect/trust the government to help them. Don't just be amazed at the pictures , learn from them. One last thing , WHAT DOES GOD HAVE TO DO WITH THIS TRAGEDY?! You religious types are both brainwashed and annoying . You don't speak for god , so shut up or I'll strike you down with lightning.

Posted by titlated September 16, 08 08:01 PM

Amazing pictures, my heart goes out to those that lost everything, my prayers are with you all, don't give up.

Posted by G. Retana Gatesville, Tx September 16, 08 08:06 PM

I am from the south Louisiana, Lake Charles, not far from the coast. Hurricane Rita ( same size as Katrina) hit us two months after Katrina devastated New Orleans. Our city was full of evacuees from Katrina at the time we got the order to evacuate for Rita. Everything along the coast and for several miles inland was wiped out. I came home to find flooding and damage to my home and ALL of the homes around me. We had no electricity or water for weeks and the heat was unbearable. We worked like we have never worked in our lives clearing trees and debris and patching the house until we could get construction crews to help. No grocery stores, no gas, no services for weeks and the little news we did hear nationally was how at least it was not another Katrina. Thanks to the news media most people hardly remember that there was any other hurricane other than Katrina.
Now once again the Louisiana coast was devastated by Gustov and Ike. Lots of people that had only recently moved back into their homes have now lost everything again. We had extreme storm surge problems and many of us have flooded homes and wind damage. So far the person from Texas who said Louisiana was a welfare state and that we could not help ourselves I want you to know that there are plenty of us that never asked for and never received any help.
The pictures are awsome and heartbreaking. Good luck Texas. Our prayers go out to you.

Posted by Kaye Koskela September 16, 08 08:07 PM

I want the name of the builder of #11. What a marketing photo that would make.

Posted by Dennis L September 16, 08 08:08 PM

To the Libs that are saying Bush/Cheney blew up the Galveston levees just like in Katrina you need to get a job modeling as douchebags. There are not levees around Galveston. It is a fricking island.

Posted by Everyone should walk their Lib every day! September 16, 08 08:09 PM

Houston was my home for a year in the 70's. I remember a lot of crazy weather. It rained 12 inches in 12 hours the day we moved in. There were snake warnings because of over flowing bayous. I was driving down a street in downtown Houston during a thunderstorm and saw a bolt of lightning strike a side street a block away as I drove by. All those beautiful old plantation style homes...what a shame. There were almost no waves off the beaches of Galveston as flat beach shelf stretched forever out into the Gulf. What a change. I saw quite a few cars with big cow skulls and long horns mounted on the that's Texas style.

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 08:11 PM

Disaster is what it is, it claims no state boundaries, favors no nationality, yields woe to rich and poor alike, and has no conscience.

Whether flood, quake, slide, fire, famine, pestilence, civil war, or any other thing that nature or man is capable of there are always victims. Death, loss, and tragedy are gifts from its hands.

Perhaps heartfelt prayer is more called for than a 'Look at that!"

Posted by Jake September 16, 08 08:11 PM

Those of us not affected by this horrible devistation should count our blessings big time, and do whatever we can do help those who were. I think picture #28 is the most poienent...

Posted by Pat September 16, 08 08:11 PM

wow.. i would not be strong enough to go threw that kind of damage i work hard for wat i got i live in montana for resons like that.. i am sorry to all those ppl.. and will pray for them,.. but lookin at the photos that wont to much.

Posted by Maryjane September 16, 08 08:13 PM

My heart goes out to all who have suffered loss. I hope attention will
be drawn to this area for a long time as it was in New Orleans. The news
media seem to have forgot all the distruction in the midwest earlier
this year. Our of sight out of mind!!Let's hope this doesn't happen in Texas.

Posted by Brenda in NC September 16, 08 08:17 PM

awesome pics from a seriously devistating event.. Its sad i feel for th people of galviston.. no one should have to go through this...
hey Bush send a little more aid to iraq and Georgia....lets see how long fema takes to repond....

Posted by stilz September 16, 08 08:18 PM




Posted by JLH September 16, 08 08:19 PM

I am so sorry for these people. We are praying for them. Also the church I attend is sending three volunteers tomorrow to Nashville, TN to assist. Disaster Relief Effort supported by churches of Christ is sending supplies to the victims of this disaster. I am one of the volunteers -- glad to be able to help!!!

In Christian Love,

Posted by Gladys West September 16, 08 08:19 PM

I live in Biloxi and grew up in N.O. - I have ridden out many hurricanes and left town
a few times. I was surprised at the reaction of some Texans upon returning home.
Didn't they see the devastation caused by Katrina and Rita? Didn't they learn any-
thing from that aftermath? If you're within 100 mi. from the path of the eye (esp. if
you're on the northeast quadrant), you're gonna be hammered - no matter what
category the storm is! Although N.O. got most of the press due to the flooding, the
Gulf Coast was ERASED up to a mile from water's edge (including bays and canals). But then many probably didn't see those stories as N.O. was constantly
in the limelight (primarily due to the refugees that couldn't leave on their own). As
for those that insist we move away from the water, we could say the same thing to
you - why live in tornado alley or in a eartquake-prone area, or in hilly terrain where
flashflooding occurs, ad nauseum. We all live with dangers inherent in our locales
and we need to understand that's how insurance works. Many contribute so that few can be rebuilt. Last time it was our turn. This time it was Texas' turn. Next week it'll be a tornado in Oklahoma or fires in CA. Mother Nature will wash all of
us away at one time or another. Believe me, I feel for all those ravaged by Ike and
don't forget that Gustav caused a lot of flooding in LA too. We go on.

Posted by Mark September 16, 08 08:20 PM

The guy trying to clear the storm drain should be nominated for a Darwin Award. If he did clear the drain, he would quickly get sucked down into a early death.

Posted by Mike September 16, 08 08:24 PM

That is why I am glad i live in Virginia . I lived near Galveston about 25 years ago. Moved there right after Hurricane Alicia. I really feel bad for the people there. I wish them hope and courage.

Posted by Trudy Bishop September 16, 08 08:24 PM

My family migrated to Galveston from Germany just prior to the 1900 storm. The images from their story stay imprinted in my mind. When the storm ended, the disaster continued for many years. The city, and national governments did almost nothing to help these people.

i can only imagine that others far away would rationalize the event where people did very little for years to help the people there. Such rationalizations as this is God's will, or believing the media say what a wonderful job the people of this country did for these folks. I see this kind of behavior all too often.

It is like we can't help ourselves, and before it is all over; we speak as though it is about us and not the victims. Are we all really that self absorbed. Can we use rational thinking to look at problems through the eyes other than of gods. I mean, we are people first. We can then be classed as a man or woman, a father or mother, a friend, a skilled worker, and a neighbor. Would' it be more appropriate top look at such problems like a good neighbor. I mean, what if the person you are helping does not have your beliefs; will you still help them the same way.

I make these observations here because there is allot of people posting who have pounded the idea of wishing God's help to all.

Maybe what is needed more here is questioning how the tragedy was handled by all, and how future impacts can be lessened. And everyone, no matter where you live can do this. Your efforts will help others in the future. At the same time, it puts us in a common ground where it does not matter what you believe in.

I was named after an Italian priest from Italy. I was also the first to not attend private schools. I do not believe in a superior being who made everything. Instead I believe in myself. I also believe in the capacity of my neighbor. I also believe in leaving this world a better place after I am gone. When I see nature, I see how everything interacts; such beauty. This beauty can only be fully understood when you know how long it took to evolve. It is important to know your place on this planet, and we are no more important than the butterfly, or the tree it is landing on.

I would expect people to be people first, and help truthfully. Afterwards on your own time, you may believe in any thing you wish. Turning your head during tragedy in life leaves you without experience. and without experience how can you help others or yourself in the future.

I have had all sorts wish me luck, or pray; but no one has actually lent a hand during any tragedy in my life, to include this storm.

My family migrated to Galveston from Germany just prior to the 1900 storm. The images from their story stay imprinted in my mind. When the storm ended, the disaster continued for many years. The city, and national governments did almost nothing to help these people.

i can only imagine that others far away would rationalize the event where people did very little for years to help the people there. Such rationalizations as this is God's will, or believing the media say what a wonderful job the people of this country did for these folks. I see this kind of behavior all too often.

It is like we can't help ourselves, and before it is all over; we speak as though it is about us and not the victims. Are we all really that self absorbed. Can we use rational thinking to look at problems through the eyes other than of gods. I mean, we are people first. We can then be classed as a man or woman, a father or mother, a friend, a skilled worker, and a neighbor. Would' it be more appropriate top look at such problems like a good neighbor. I mean, what if the person you are helping does not have your beliefs; will you still help them the same way.

I make these observations here because there is allot of people posting who have pounded the idea of wishing God's help to all.

Maybe what is needed more here is questioning how the tragedy was handled by all, and how future impacts can be lessened. And everyone, no matter where you live can do this. Your efforts will help others in the future. At the same time, it puts us in a common ground where it does not matter what you believe in.

I was named after an Italian priest from Italy. I was also the first to not attend private schools. I do not believe in a superior being who made everything. Instead I believe in myself. I also believe in the capacity of my neighbor. I also believe in leaving this world a better place after I am gone. When I see nature, I see how everything interacts; such beauty. This beauty can only be fully understood when you know how long it took to evolve. It is important to know your place on this planet, and we are no more important than the butterfly, or the tree it is landing on.

I would expect people to be people first, and help truthfully. Afterwards on your own time, you may believe in any thing you wish. Turning your head during tragedy in life leaves you without experience. and without experience how can you help others or yourself in the future.

I have had all sorts wish me luck, or pray; but no one has actually lent a hand during any tragedy in my life, to include this storm.


Posted by Tony Orlando September 16, 08 08:24 PM

THis is for number 61 W Burns. You act like you know all of the facts where these poor people are concerned. Here most of them more then likely make minimum wage. I lived in Florida and in 1999 we had 2 hurricanes within a few weks of each other. Here I was working full time and so was my girlfriend. Yetwe had no money to evacuate and we lived 2 blocks from the ocean. If it had not been for my girlfriends uncle we would have had to stay on beachside. We only left for the first one as it was mandatory to leave. If we had known the it would not have been very bad I would have stayed in our apartment.We went to a hotel and we lost power there. We could not open our window and the restraunts in that area were closed. So we had nothing to eat for a few days. If I lived down there again andthere was a hurricane coming I surely would not get out.

If they could not afford to get out where do you think they would get the money to pay the government back. These people who stayed more then likely could not even afford a car or insurance. I really feel sorry that they are being criticized by someone of your caliber. How would you like to make 7. an hour or 10. an hour and have a family to feed, or to not have transportation out of the area.

To me you are acting lke god almighty. You are to me slime for saying what you have said about these people.

Posted by Denise J September 16, 08 08:25 PM

We in East Texas complain about loseing power during this storm at least we still have our homes and lifes. God bless everyone in those areas, my prayers are with you all.

Posted by Donna Getro September 16, 08 08:26 PM

We as a nation have to come together. We can see how short life can be, we all need to help as much as we can no matter how little you might think your help is.
To those that was affected by the storm any help is a great help. So give whatever you can, your time, money, clothes, food, etc. But must of all say a prayer for all of those that lost a love one, friends, Mothers & fathers, children. Keep them in your prayers. We must pray as a nation. Dear God we pray for the families that was affected by this storm, we are praying for the families in Hatti and for those in Cuba, in the Bahamas, for those right in the United States. Texas, Louisiana, Houston and for all the county that was hit by this storm. God you know who they are give them a sense of peace within their hearts so that they may rise up and rebuild. To God be the glory.....8-)

Posted by Elsie September 16, 08 08:29 PM

It's not the type of building materials on the homes as much as how well they are built. How good are the tie-downs? How deep are the pilings? Is there more than enough rebar? When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the devastation was much like what you see in Picture #11. And many of the old Southern Mansions were built of concrete, brick, etc. Some of them remained, perhaps because they were a little more sheltered by a small knoll (not likely, since the storm surge was higher than the highest point of some of the towns), but you get the point. The home in #11 looks to be wood siding, on pilings, with composition roof. The contractor really built for the worst situation, not just to meet the building codes.
My heart goes out to all those that now have to rebuild their lives and grieve for those that are not coming back. May you have the peace of God that excells all thought in the coming days.

Posted by P. J. Eshelby September 16, 08 08:30 PM

WOW... sorry to all of those people who were devestated by the storm... Most of those pics are almost to much to see.... Makes a person wonder what will be next.... Kinda glad to be living up here in the NORTH..

Posted by Troy September 16, 08 08:30 PM

WOW !! Only one can truely believe this catastraphic damage is to see it in person .

Posted by DFD September 16, 08 08:31 PM

I cannot believe all of the arrogant posters that feel it's okay to bash Louisiana people because of a small segment of the population hit by Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. I live in Terrebonne Parish southwest of NOLA. We have had damage - some quite severe - from all four of these storms. We have not looted, we have not begged, we HAVE rebuilt, we have put our kids back in schools that are missing roofs, books, computers, etc., we have put our lives back on track without whining, or blaming someone else. Are we better than Texans? No. We are better than some, not as good as others and equal to most. An imaginary line separating two states does not create better or worse people. Yes some of the people from Louisiana acted like ungrateful jerks, but most did not. And yes, some Texans are also jerks, but the whole state should not be judged by these idiots. So offer sympathy and help, but stop bashing others. It makes you look small.

Posted by suemh September 16, 08 08:32 PM

These are wonderful photos and I hope they prompt those of us who have been luckier to keep giving and helping. This was a natural disaster, but that said, if our government paid more attention to preserving the wetlands we would have more natural barriers to storm surges and hurricanes. Just as New Orleans would NOT have been inundated if the city, state, and Army Corps of Engineers had kept the levees up to code.

Who was it who said that the people in NOLA who didn't evacuate stayed so they could rob and "steel" from their neighbors? Such ignorance. Don't you know there were no good options for people who didn't own cars? Sheesh. You claim to be Christian, and yet you have no mercy.

Posted by goodgirl September 16, 08 08:33 PM

What did people not understand about mandatory evacuation? Why are my tax dollars paying for there rescue?

Posted by Andy September 16, 08 08:37 PM

Looks like Katrine all over again except it mostly white people...wonder why they didn't get out.

Posted by g September 16, 08 08:38 PM

The pictures tell it all! Although I have not had the opportunity to read all of the posts, I am compelled, however, to remind readers that Hurricane Katrina did not "hit" New Orleans. The levees broke in New Orleans after the hurricane. Hurricane Katrine made landfall on the Mississippi coast, blowing it off the map, just like Ike did to Galveston and the Texas coast. And what about Hurricane Rita? The Louisiana coast in Cameron, Lousiana was obliterated. Cameron is not New Orleans, but it's home to many that are now homeless once again from Ike.

Posted by Carlyn Rider September 16, 08 08:44 PM

Beautiful pictures!
Nice composition!

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 08:45 PM

My heart goes out to all of those affected by IKE. I am glad I live in Colorado where we just get snow. It is hard to image just what destruction a hurricane can do. I am originally from San Antonio and know all the people there is ready to help anyway they can. God Bless America.

Posted by Betty Carlson September 16, 08 08:46 PM

Being a native from Corpus Christi, Texas and my family still there as I work In Old Orchand Beach, Maine and unable to be there my Heart will always be nothing but Texas I pray that will can overcome this together for TEXAS is the LONE STAR STATE. My prayers to everyone in Galveston and Houston and surrounding Cities.

Posted by Arturo Hernandez September 16, 08 08:50 PM

I am heartbroken to see the photos of IKE's destruction to Texas. I am a Louisiana resident who lost her home in Hurricane Rita and did not CRY for help from anyone. My husband and I rebuilt our home WITH OUR OWN TWO HANDS. We did not wait for someone else to come in and do it. We did not hang our heads and lament our situation. We are proud citizens of Louisiana. We have already send supplies to Texas. We are sending more tomorrow. We will continue to do all we can for those in need. Please don't judge Louisiana by those who behaved shamefully in the past. Most of us are kind, caring and grateful individuals.

Posted by NCS September 16, 08 08:57 PM

to ryan 509. Galveston gets ripped into about every 100 years, James A. Mitchner writes a great historical fiction called TEXAS, it can tell you the details in a fun story.
that said, I do believe we need to cut out our consumption of Oil, not only stop our demand for foreign oil, or local oil. Wind, Solar, Bio Fuels like switch grass, and hemp seed oil. No to New Clear (Nuclear) it has a bad leftover waste product that is poison, and has a long shelf life. Europe is looking for alternatives because no one wants to accept the radio active waste, and bury it in their back yard. That's one thing Politicans don't tell you here. They say let's be like France and have Nuclear power. Let's be like France and look for alternative sources is what I say.

Posted by DMac September 16, 08 08:58 PM

Global warming huh post # 24? I guess it was global warming that caused the cat. 4 hurricane that completely destroyed Galveston in 1900 and reamins the deadliest natural disaster in American history with anywhere between 6000 and 12,000 deaths.

Texans maybe prideful but this pride has kept almost every person from trying to capatilze on the misfortune of fellow Texans, by not looting everyhting that could be carried or dragged away.

Posted by acting humanly September 16, 08 08:59 PM

Having seen the pure damage that the almighty "Mother Nature" can place on this Country in such a short time. The estimated cost of the storm is a small sum of $10 Billion with a "B". The estimated cost to bail out the "Mortgage Industry" currently stands at $200 Billion, with a "B". In comparison that would take IKE 260 days in the "US alone to be tracked & covered by the Weather Channel & Others. It only took the Mortgage Industry 7 years to exceed the cost of IKE by 20 times. Put that in the right mind set and wonder where all the coverage from the perfect "STORM TRACKERS" has been over that same time period? I wonder if all the Storms over the past 7 years would add up to that total loss of $200 Billion with a "B" Anyone Know?

Posted by Chris September 16, 08 09:01 PM

gracias por esas fotos donde nos dan una mensaje de que nos solidarisemos con nuestros hermanos que en estos momentos se encuentran sin hogar, sin alimento.......

Posted by Esmeralda Lozano Peña September 16, 08 09:05 PM

People with an agenda (comment #24) will never give up trying to force it on others, even during a disaster...

Posted by Rick Hamby September 16, 08 09:07 PM

God Bless America

Posted by Vivian September 16, 08 09:07 PM

We pray for all of you who have suffered from this storm. I cannot believe all of the destruction.

Posted by Helen September 16, 08 09:11 PM

This is what happens when you keep building up areas that should not have large population centers. Building too close to the shore and you blame it on global warming....hahahaha very funny. How about blaming local government on letting them build in an area that is susceptible to natural disasters. California has earthquakes and mudslides, the East coast and Gulf coast have hurricanes--simple--don't build there.

Posted by RRS September 16, 08 09:12 PM

I'm shocked to see what it looks like, "the aftermath" its one thing to hear about something like this. but to see it is tragic..God help and bless them all.

Posted by Mike Boyd September 16, 08 09:14 PM

Amazing photos, as always. They are beautiful, even though the subject matter is devastation and tragedy.

Posted by Katherine Sniffen September 16, 08 09:16 PM

IT is so wonderful to see these photos so that we can have a better understanding of nature and of the despair that those in need are feeling right now. May God be with us all to help the heal. God has his ways and reasons, we just don't always understand for that matter I don't that we are supose to understand or question his reasons for that matter either. Deep down there will be beauty and blessings in all this when one of these days we look back.

Posted by cmason September 16, 08 09:28 PM

The picture of that single house looks like the after math of the Tsunami in Thailand & Indonesia! Very sad.

Posted by Neisha September 16, 08 09:31 PM

surreal.every one is amazing in its own way.these pictures give you the big picture of what these hurricanes can do.A reminder of katrina 3 years ago.utterly insane .number 13 stood out along with 11 and 21.there was only 1 house left standing!!!hope for all the people who couldnt make it out in time or that stayed behind.hope that th esupports held and they are all right.all we can do is hope.remember katrina and remember gustav.prepare for the worst hope for the best . NOLA HGTX NOLA HGTX NOLA HGTX

i am a texas native and have relitaves in galveston and houston.

Posted by Jack Behal September 16, 08 09:32 PM

i think it is time with the amount of severe storms like ike are hitting the states ... they started to build homes bisness out of concrete .. and bury all power cables ... it is time . the government spent money in this country rather to foreign .. lets think of the american people first ... it appears to be no matter where you are in the states ... people lose power ... this is the 21st century ... it is time we come in line with the rest of the world .....

Posted by tom September 16, 08 09:34 PM

My prayers are with every victim and their family...God Bless you ALL......

Posted by Holly Crowley * Hair By Holly September 16, 08 09:35 PM

Wow is all I can say..great pictures...

Posted by Lori September 16, 08 09:39 PM

I grew up on the coast of Mississippi and endured Camille in '69. The wind gauges broke at 200 mph. Let me tell you it was bad. 36 years later Katrina hits. Yes, Katrina hit Miss. The media tends to focus on the bad and hype. Miss. barely got any coverage because it was managed well, even though mostly destroyed. NOLA was not managed well at all. La. has been known for many, many years for corrupt politicians. I've also lived in NOLA before, and before you folks start stereotyping what you see on TV, this city has some of the finest people you'd ever want to meet, so don't focus on the rotten eggs as a generality.

I've lived in Houston for nearly 30 years. The last major hurricane was Alicia in 1983. Even though I've only had local news coverage 24/5, I understand that nationally you are not getting it. That's because things are running smoothly, with only a few glitches. I would expect the national news to pick up on those shortly in order to focus on the negative.

It appears that I've lost the beach house on the Bolivar Peninsula though. Actually, my house was right down the highway from the Yellow house in #11.

Posted by rsb320 September 16, 08 09:39 PM

Thank you for publishing those photos. Life here will take a while tor us to get back to normal. Please do not forget about us.

Posted by Galveston County, Texas September 16, 08 09:41 PM

#24 You're an idiot!

Posted by ability September 16, 08 09:44 PM

This is really to Commenter # 33. Not ALL of us from Louisiana are like you discribed, only the few from in and around the New Orleans areas are like that! I was born in Louisiana, raised on the coasts from Galveston, TX to Appalachicola, FL, have been through many of hurricanes (56 yrs. worth) and none of my relatives or friends in any of these states have asked for or received assistance from any governmental agencies. WE HELPED EACH OTHER OUT. So you have no right comparing ALL OF LOUISIANA to the likes of those from in and around NEW ORLEANS! I've seen a lot of "BEGGERS" from TEXAS, too!

Posted by Jen McMire September 16, 08 09:47 PM

My heart goes out to all families affected by the storm. Being from New Orleans, I know all too well what you're going through and the pictures were hauntingly familiar. You guys stood by us and helped in more ways than we even know and we're here for you now.
You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon B

Posted by Sharon Brown September 16, 08 09:53 PM

I challenge all who have made a comment regarding this disaster, and who are more fortunate than those in Galveston to dig deep into your pocketsand head to your local American Red Cross and make a donation - no matter how small. They need all the help they can get! God Bless

Posted by KC September 16, 08 09:54 PM

What name of President Bush"s hometown?

Posted by Faye September 16, 08 09:59 PM

God's power is seen in these awesome photos.

Posted by Amy Murray September 16, 08 10:06 PM

God bless all those effected by Ike. My brother in law and sister in law live in Orange, TX. They were one of the lucky ones. Water came within 2 inches of the back door of their house. Lost only a few trees.

Posted by CPenton September 16, 08 10:06 PM

This is a horrible time for all of us on in the path of Ike, but like always we will make it through this and do it without wimpering. Government can not take care of the get out and clear your own lot, your neighbors lot and make the best of it.. That's how Texans are made.

The media is complaining, but not on my behave. I will find my own water, my own food and my own gas. I will not be dependent on the plans of others for my future.

The people of the US are strong, independent and self relient. Start acting like a proud American. WORK.

Posted by Terry September 16, 08 10:08 PM

Where is God during devastations such as Ike? He's in the hearts and hands of all who aid the unfortunate ones caught in the path of destruction. If we can't physically go to help, we can spend one day or more at work earning money to give to the Red Cross or other relief effort. If it were not for the graphic photos, we would not know the need to respond.

Posted by CJ September 16, 08 10:08 PM

I pray that this type of tragic disaster never happens ever again, also, I pray for everyone who have lost so much because of this terrible storm.
I hope they get all the help they need such as support, supplies, food, water, and shelter. My heart goes out to all of the victims.



Posted by Marilyn Lockfeld September 16, 08 10:11 PM

These photos made me think how lucky I am to be living here in Ind. My Prayers go out to all the people who have to come back from this tragic situation, and most must start over. But where will they start? I have concerns about two families who live in the area and I hope the Goodwin's and the Eckhart's are safe and we hear from them soon. MY Prayers are for everyone. God Bless all of you.

Posted by CeCelia Kincaid September 16, 08 10:16 PM

My favorite pic is the last one.

As a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard, all too often we would go into scenes like this or other emergency situations and the best thing we would receive would be a simple thank you, hand shake or hug. Knowing that we pput ourselves in harms way to help someone else, and succeeding, THAT is the best feeling in the world, no amount money or fame can top a simple hug and thank you for something like that. Dispite all the devastation it is thing like this, the last picture, that help people move on with their lives.

Posted by FormerCaostie September 16, 08 10:18 PM

#283... I applaud your comments. As a citizen of the great state... I can assure you that Texans will pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get on with the work at hand. Blaming anyone or anything is a useless waste of energy. And, I am sure that the ablebodied and minded of NOLA will help in any way that they can. I must make a point here, though. In San Antonio, my home, there are more than a few from NOLA that have made their homes here. And in the process, they have spent a great deal of time biting the hands that feed them. They had nothing (including jobs) in NOLA and then through no choice of their own have come here and expect us to support them. The crime rate has elevated, areas of town are horrors to visit and the value of the homes in a number of areas has dropped drastically since the evacuees have moved there. If they would spend more time looking for employment and less time criticizing those who have tried to help them we might all be happier.
It is unfortunate, but I realize that there are a goodly number of poor who will be in our city from Galveston as well. However, I don't think the numbers will be as high. For starters, there aren't that many people in the Texas coastal area as in NOLA. And besides, we won't have room for them to live since we are still supporting the NOLA bunch. Our city is not the only city dealing with this problem. It is not NOLA itself nor will it be Galveston. It is the few who are "entitled" that cause the problems for the rest of us. And, I feel sure that there will be many cities crying the same tears before it is all over. It isn't just the problem of natural disasters that cause the problem. It is the unbelievable number of people that believe the rest of ous owe them a living that is the real problem. Maybe some of the misplaced should employ themselves by rebuilding their own cities....
Being an American does not entitle us to be supported by the masses.. If you are unable to go back to your home... GET A JOB WHERE YOU ARE. Believe me, I would prefer not to work myself. But, that's life. I have back pain, leg pain, arthritis, allergies, etc., etc., etc., but I still work to support myself so not another soul has to. Isn't that a novel idea? How about McDonalds? Or Bill Millers? They even offer an educational program....

Posted by ce September 16, 08 10:20 PM

It is much worse than what I've heard on the news!
#56/ Robert C......just know that if you ever do come to the end of's never to late to admit your short-comings and turn to a merciful and loving almighty God who will be waiting with open arms. 1 John 4:10 "This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear Friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.

Posted by Anna September 16, 08 10:24 PM

Having lived in the area where hurricanes are a threat every year, we've all learned to never take these storms for granted. No matter how large, or how small the damage physically is powerful, but the emotional damage is far worse for each and every individual involved, or that has family involved. After Katrina I begin to think more about the pets/animals that went through these events as well. The photos included here of the horse grazing...all alone and surrounded by water, and the one of the kitten in the tree just tear at my heart! So many of these animals have lost their owners, and their homes. No one, human or animal is saved from the hurt and damage caused by these horrible acts of nature!

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Posted by MICHAEL September 16, 08 10:26 PM

´`e bronca! Dificil viver assim! serao bem vindos ao Brasil:)

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Posted by DAVE September 16, 08 10:29 PM

I just want to say that my prayers and thoughts are with all of the people who have suffered from this tragedy. May God bless and keep you all.

Posted by someone who cares in California September 16, 08 10:30 PM

I am a survivor in Houston Texas from Hurricane Ike and although we just got our power after 4 days being without water and power, I cannot believe how everyone stuck together during these trying times. I am so thankful for all the help from our neighboring states, if it wasn't for them we would probably still be in the dark.

There is absolutely no one to blame, this is an act of nature that could not be avoided. These are the first photos I have seen of all the devestation, since my family and I only had a radio to keep us informed.

All I can say about the storm, I was scared sh**less! we had 100 MPH winds and a tornando hit down the street! I would not wish this on my worst enemy.

Posted by Tia September 16, 08 10:34 PM

#24...I suppose the hurricane in 1900 that wiped out galveston the first time was caused by global warming as well?

I am sure someone else already pointed this out, but I didnt have time to read all 512 comments

Posted by tired of gore's minions September 16, 08 10:36 PM

I just hope and pray the people who lost their lives were prepared to meet their maker!!!!!!!!!! The pictures were absolutley unbelievable. I hope I never have to go through anything like that. Thanks for sharing the photos with everyone.

Posted by Lisa Kent September 16, 08 10:39 PM

For all of us that have no way to help this condition physically, we must pray for those who can help, and for those that have suffered loss and stress from the devastations caused by these storms as we did in the case of Katrina and all other overwhelming catastrofiies in the pass. God bless all of the people through out the world who suffer because when one suffers we all suffer, for we are all one people.

Posted by Bili Redd September 16, 08 10:43 PM

Wow. what devestation

Posted by Cindy September 16, 08 10:49 PM

I will continue to pray for all who suffered loss in the path of Ike. I have been to Galveston several times and enjoyed each visit. It is shocking to see such damage
makes you realize who is still boss in this world. Lets not blame those who live there by choice, disasters can happen everywhere. My Wife and I had always wished for a place near the beach, even when we see this and may we thank god for those who were able to ride out the storm without getting hurt. I feel they should get some engineers out to look at the houses in pics 11 & 13 to find out why they were able to withstand the storm while all the others were wiped out.

Posted by Jim Taylor September 16, 08 10:53 PM

I pray for all the families involved here, and pray for those families who lost their loved ones and for those people who lost everything. Words will never comfort those people in harm's way, but hope GOD will find a way to heal their tormented hearts and minds. I hope everybody finds shelter, food and medical assistance.

Posted by Jim Heitmeyer September 16, 08 10:57 PM

The devastation is enormous and the sadness profound, believe that each and every man, woman and child should be assisted and cared for without prejudice or malice. It is contempt and disregard that are destroying our world !! From Canada you have our thoughts and prayers !!

Posted by sandy & doug September 16, 08 11:02 PM

Amazing is like looking at my pictures I took of Hurricane Katrina three years ago. I know what they are going through, I lived it with Katrina.

People ask how do we put up with this....but regardless of where you live something happens. Like one newscaster said, at least we have time to prepare. CA has earthquakes that happen all of a sudden, mid west has tornados, you can't prepare for, and the North has ice and snow storms.....regardless of where you live Mother Nature finds you.

My prayers go out to everyone in TX and Southern LA.

I am from New Orleans, and we had little problems from Gustav, we were blessed Ike went in another direction.

Posted by Kim September 16, 08 11:02 PM

As a survivor of at least 12 hurricanes since 1948s, including a typhoon in the Pacific in 1947 aboard the USNHS Comfort, Betsy in New Orleans in 1966 (nailed the front door closed) and Andrew in 1992 (lost 24 roof trusses) I certainly empathise with the victims of Ike, including the foolhardy that did not evacuate when told in what sounded to me as a restained order.

Posted by DLW September 16, 08 11:03 PM

Since when have earthquakes and tsunami's been associated with global warming? ...and yes, the Ice Age did exist. The earth's temperature has been cycling for billions of years. The difference today is that we're actually here to observe it this time.

Hurricanes were striking the Texas coast with equal or greater impact in terms of wind speed, size, and surge than Ike long before we readers arrived. They will continue to do so long after we're gone. Ike's destruction, like Katrina's was related to its point of impact, not a mysterious force solely attributable to global warming... ...regardless of what the omniscient Mr. Gore may tell us.

Posted by LEL September 16, 08 11:03 PM

God bess everyone!

Posted by ChaCha September 16, 08 11:04 PM

My lord, watch over, protect ,restore with abundant peace, with all your grace, grace it be, to all on earth, for all that were involved. These photos tell a remarkable testimony. May the winds of time bring forth calmer atomsphere for the land and all the elements, and creatures you 've made. Bless and restore
each existing life. Wow, I can't even imagine...Leaves me speachless.

Posted by Jacqueline Winkler September 16, 08 11:05 PM

Oh that poor kitty! Poor thing!

Posted by Melissa September 16, 08 11:06 PM

Is it not possible for people to view these photos simply for what they are--an awesome display of the power of nature and a very sad display of tragedy for some of our fellow Americans---without this forum turning into a diatribe about religion, whether it be bashing atheists or Christians? What is wrong with you people? If you believe in God, say a prayer for the people who have lost everything. If you don't, count your blessings. Either way, if you have nothing positive to contribute, do us all a favor and spare us all your views on politics and religion!

Posted by Lindsey September 16, 08 11:07 PM

Texans are tough and formidable people. We will survive this natural disaster as we have many other things in the past. Galveston WILL be rebuilt and will be better than ever!! Houston will recover and get the refineries going again before you know it. I, for one, am proud of the way our state and our citizens have reacted to this terrible event. My prayers are with all the folks effected by Ike.

Posted by CMK September 16, 08 11:07 PM

Our hearts and prayers are certainly going out to all of the people that experienced such destruction from the Hurricane's.
We were with out electricty for 10 hrs.
And I thought that was bad in Little Rock.
The pictures were unbeliveable.
May God be with you during this very difficult time in your lives.

Posted by Eleanor Ruth Stanley September 16, 08 11:07 PM

I am truly amazed at people's comments! My first reaction to the photos was utter shock and horror! I was speechless. I live in Nova Scotia,Canada and I have never seen distruction like that here. A lot of snow and ice can do a lot of damage but Never have I seen anything like that. It almost seems unreal because I can't comprehend the magnitude of the distruction. I'm so sorry. My heart breaks for you and yes I do believe in prayer and have seen many miracles. Sometimes we don't get the answer we want I know but that doesn't stop me from turning to God for his help. I don't blame God. If anyone knows the bible you know that these things will always happen as long as we have the 4 seasons. The rain falls on the just as well as the unjust. This isn't the forum for debate. Let's all rally together and help.

Posted by Pat Trahan September 16, 08 11:08 PM

breath taking

Posted by Shar September 16, 08 11:08 PM

Coastal areas aren't the only areas that have damage from hurricanes, if you bother to look Ike caused damage all the way into Ohio, Kentucky, and the effects of Ike were even felt in Canada. It was said on here that "it is stupid to build on the coast." Would you say the same for those that live in tornado Alley? Would you say the same to those that live in the areas that are tormented by wild fires, earthquakes, torrential seasonal rains or even blizzards?

How far would you suggest that people live away from the coast line?

If you live in an area that has never had a natural disaster of any kind I want to know where you live so I can move there.

Pictures are worth a 1000 words but remember they don't tell the whole story.
These are some really good pics, thank you for doing your best to show how things are and for trying to let people know what its like in the aftermath.

Posted by Ramona September 16, 08 11:09 PM

The Lord is still here folks, your home may not be there but you are here. Remember when everything seems hopeless do not lose your Faith. My prayers are with all of you. Prayers are a direct line to GOD and he does hear you. His time is not the same as our time but your prayers will be ansered if they haven't been already by keeping you and your family alive. I am so sorry for your losses but I will keep you in my prayers as will many others. Peace my friends and God Bless. Thank you for the pictures I will pass this on so others may see them. PS Pray for all the animals also.

Posted by Cindy Lytle September 16, 08 11:11 PM

Pictures 24 and 25 are so sad !!! I never thought I would ever see caskets un-earthed like this.

I'm still praying for all of Y'all who have been affected by Hurricane Ike...

Posted by Sparki2003 September 16, 08 11:11 PM

I will do anything I possibly can to help out the victims in any catastrophe, but it irks me to no end when people do not evacuate when they are instructed to. I'm not referring to those who can't....I'm referring to the thrill seekers who then put rescuer's lives at risk to save their ass.

Posted by Peggy September 16, 08 11:15 PM

I feel deep sorrow for the people who live in disasters path. It seems too many disastors of late. If this is not an "awakening" call for us! Let us help our fellow Americans, if not by our hands, maybe by donations to such organizations like the American Red Cross, and prayers for all! Believe and keep each one's faith. That is a difficult task in itself, I know. ....

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 11:16 PM

So sad and heartbreaking.
Do you realy think ,it's time to take "ONE NATION UNDER GOD" out of our pledge and take "IN GOD WE TRUST " off our money?
I think it is time to turn back to GOD and call on HIM to have MERCY!!!!

Posted by Eric Adney September 16, 08 11:18 PM

Very powerful pictures! Bet you won't see these on the news. As bad as Ike was, it could have been much worse. All of our loved ones were prepared and safe. God bless everyone down there in Texas!

Posted by Charlene Tanner September 16, 08 11:19 PM

The cat and the coffins got me...tragic all of it. Has anyone heard of the "no evacuation zones" in Houston and surrounding areas? While everyone is wondering why people didn't get out while they could, we heard some were asked to stay. Rumor or Truth? The one thing that really sickens me is that everyone away from IKE's path of destruction has an opinion on what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, etc. BUT are they in the thick of it??? HELL NO....but one thing I can say, people, now matter where they are, will grab their boot straps or tighten their belts and get on with the job of living till the next thing hits them over the head, because it will.

Posted by Just Life September 16, 08 11:20 PM

I happen to live down in Texas where they first said Ike was going to hit. I just want you to know I was ready to leave. As for why we live here. No matter where you live there is nature to deal with. There are snow storms, tornadoes, eathquake and yes hurricanes. As I am originally from Mo, I have survived tornadoes. I would rather be on the coast of Tx. We knew of Ike as of Sept. 1, and we had time to leave or not.
I would like for us to remember we are all Americans here, no matter what state you are from. What we need is to remember to help in anyway you can. Please put aside you nasty comments and get on with helping one another.
God Bless America

Posted by Janet September 16, 08 11:20 PM

man that was a bad strom that they had my uncle mike he owns bryants eleritric im his nefu and me and my mom was going to move up there that day but now we have to wait but my uncle is ok and i pray that everybody else is

Posted by luke perry September 16, 08 11:21 PM

I was born and raised in Galveston and these pictures broke my heart!!! My mother left the island on Thursday before Ike hit and I am grateful she is safe but I am so sad that my hometown is so broken! We are anxious to get on the island to see our family home and business but we will wait patiently and continue to pray for everyone in the Galveston community. God bless!

Posted by N Williamson Shipman September 16, 08 11:22 PM


those pics are just tear jerking

ppl who live there, be brave!

i noe there's now way i could've been brave in that situation!

best of luck Ike victims

Posted by Juwie September 16, 08 11:23 PM

#105-SEAN--You are right, #7 is a picture of the Hwy 332 Bridge near Bluewater Hwy in Surfside, TX. Thank you for the link to

The pictures of how that area used to look really puts things in a different light. It brings the devastation even closer to home. I grew up here, and I will miss that area (Surfside, San Luis Pass, & Galveston) dearly!

Posted by klb September 16, 08 11:27 PM

I'm totally speechless.
I thought the comment about Louisiana was quite powerful. Has Louisiana offered open doors to any of Texans who lost everything? As I watch the USA always at the ready to send aid to countries devastated by natural disasters, have any of the countries in the world offered to help the people of Texas?
The money and other supplies we send to other nations--even those who do not want the take it--should be put to use here. No one in the US who loses it all due to a natural disaster should be faced with the offer of a "low interest loan" to rebuild.

Posted by Suzanne September 16, 08 11:29 PM

About giving to the Red Cross and others working in the relief effort, they all do great work. But don't forget the Salvation Army. They are there at every disaster and receive very little recognition. The Salvation Army also works with less overhead, so the donations are well used. And this from a non-Christian.

Posted by Pat September 16, 08 11:31 PM

what do we do to help and where do we go to find out how to help?

Posted by ann September 16, 08 11:31 PM

Before seening anymore photos before the casket photo my breath was taken away, my eyes wanted to cry to see that anyones great grandparents, Aunts, Uncles Brothers, Nieces or nephews or children bones are in the caskets that came up from the dirt due to the horrible hurrican powers. My heart goes out to everyone that is missing that love one, keep on looking for that person out there and pray and pray that your love will be whole again. I have family in Texas, so if you are reading this we love you.

Posted by Belinda Pruneda September 16, 08 11:33 PM

shame on you 59, my husband workes 50 to 60 hours a week at a help put gas in your ,i would guess large suv.where would you like the people who work in these places to live. should he drive 5 hours to work and then work a twelve to sixteen hour day then drive 5 hours back home away from the coast.we live here because our family and friends live father worked for a refinere for 35 years to give me and my sister a great education.i could have movied any where for a job.but then my child would not know her time you order shimp pasta at a restaurant remember where that shrimp came from and remember the people down here who make there respecful living catching them.any place on the coast should be build back,you would not like living with out the things the coast states bring to you.good for you 93 and are what this world need more of.

Posted by mmd September 16, 08 11:34 PM

okay, so who exactly was the contractor for photo #11. just asking. anyone?

Posted by angela September 16, 08 11:39 PM

My GOD bless us all

Posted by Raquel September 16, 08 11:39 PM

OMG - as an ex-resident of Galveston, I am just heart broken. The pictures were just so hard to look at. God Bless the BOI's in all the little sea towns where we all use to camp and play. Prayer Warriors Please!

Posted by Sunny Pawlik September 16, 08 11:43 PM

This goes out to #59... you say you are sorry if you seem cold hearted...well i feel sorry for you, have you not ever sat on the balcony or shore watching the waves break or the dolphins swim and play in the ocean, the sunset or rise or set. Have you not swam in water as clear as a pool and just to know that it is just a few steps away for you to return to that momment. have you not walked to a pier and fished or jumped on a boat and gone miles to sea with your love ones or just by yourself and had an awesome story to come home and tell. if you have not i feel sorry for you and your cold heart. for you have to wonder why ONE of GODS most beautiful creations- why someone would not want to live there. yes disaster comes and it is costly and devistating. but devistation comes in all forms and prices. there are many good things that come from storms that are so over looked... like the love and compassion that are shown to others in need in a world where we live day to day wondering why...., new jobs for reconstruction and repair for homes and businesses that the storms have damaged...etc.. everything happens for a reason.. yes insurance is high, but then again why do we pay for insurance??? to never have a claim?? why do rescue teams have a job... to never have a rescue .. . people live there because it is absolutley beautiful and it is the closest thing to peace in this chaotic world besides time alone with GOD. Maybe you should move there and you would not have such ignorant response to devistation in those areas as you do. for the record i do not live in the area or close to any shore...but, i do drive 100's of miles every weekend or every chance i get just to be there....maybe you should too.... Note: this person has taken beautiful pictures of real momments in history.. though they may seem sad and devistating.. they have stopped time and maybe people will be moved and touched to be and do better things in their lives, but least of all we will learn from this tragic momment and be more prepared for others that may come.

Posted by kell September 16, 08 11:45 PM

Really amazing photograps headsup.

Posted by Zaved Khan September 16, 08 11:46 PM

These pictures reminds me of the Gulf Coast of Ms. when katernia hit it. It was very devastating. But people from all over the US come to help with the after math. It was great to see how people come together to help out when need.ed And for all the churches that was so great to help all the victums and the workers. If you believe in God and Jesus Christ all these signs and wonders tells me that the end of time is nearing.Matthew 24;5-7 says And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars;see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation,and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. God is in control of this whole world. We had better be ready to meet him.For today is the day of salvation

Posted by F Wenzel September 16, 08 11:47 PM

When they say get out, perhaps we should listen.

Posted by Anonymous September 16, 08 11:47 PM

Amazing amazing photos-------mother nature at work. My heart goes out to the people involved, who have lost homes----I can't imagine. The kitty in the tree touched my heart--------But we have to pick up the pieces and move on because time does not stand atill for any of us------

Posted by c. a. pauusch September 16, 08 11:49 PM

Thanks for the great photos. My son is a fire chief, i.e. first responder...his wife a firewoman in the area. Our house was flooded in 1979 during tropical stom Claudette...he was 5, and we spent the night in the attic...3 ft of water in the house. We were rescued by National Guard the next morning. As much as I've worried about him during and after Ike, I somehow feel that he is PAYING IT FORWARD. We are, after all, all in this together. I only wish our political system could understand this. Black, white, woman, white haired man...who cares? We are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. Thank you, first responders, good luck evacuees and victims. The nation won't soon forget your crisis.

Posted by Sharon Hicks September 16, 08 11:52 PM

Thanks for sharing these stunning photos so that those affected can see what is left and others unaffected can understand a little more.

For more info on the Beaumont/Orange/Bridge City area, go to and -- Plenty of photos and useful updates on power/water/sewer/schools/relief points of distribution.

Please give to the Red Cross at or Feeding America at (formerly Second Harvest Food Bank)

Posted by laura September 16, 08 11:53 PM

Another reason you won't hear requests for help from TX is due to the media blackout that's in effect in Galveston & Bolivar. Where is the probing media we saw during Katrina?

Posted by Brad September 16, 08 11:53 PM

I couldn't have said it better # 512!! Yes it's true that some people didn't evacuate when they should have but ....should we just leave them to die? I don't think that's what christians do! Anyone anywhere can encounter devastation. Great pics!!

Posted by SDW September 16, 08 11:54 PM

One cannot imagine the destruction and devastation until we see the photos which show what Nature does and has been doing since time began.

This is what evolution brings about. Its the natural disasters that made our seven continents: North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Africa, Anartica and Australia.

However, that is of no comfort to people who have lost so much. We must help each other whenever and wherever there is a need. There is a need now for LA, TX, and other affected states.

Oh yeah, and as for those who will suffer as a result of the Wall Street disasters -
those CEO's have jumped in front of the Welfare line! The govt is helping them too with handouts, right?

Posted by LRW September 16, 08 11:55 PM

I live in Houston. I got power and water back yesterday, 9/15. Whoever doesn't have power or water helps one another.
I have had friends staying with me since the storm rolled in early saturday morning. Yes, Galveston, Orange, Bolivar, etc. are in very bad condition.
The city of Houston is fine. People are already returning to work. What you don't see here are the scenes that you saw in New Orleans during Katrina.
People have tried to loot and they are being arrested. Not to mention the fact that we have concealed handgun licenses and the castle doctrine. Look that up if you don't know the law but it makes people think twice before they break into homes or businesses. So far the only complaint I have had is the distribution of gasoline to stations, the FEMA trucks were also stationary way too long in distributing ice and water. The complaints I do not have are the human spirit and the amazing graciousness of one neighbor to another.
I am very proud of this community during this time and proud to be a part of it.
Thank you for all the well wishers.

Posted by Tom September 16, 08 11:59 PM

They are all amazing photo's.. My prayers and thoughts go out to all the families.
I do have to make a comment to # 24. Get real!!! Stop being A BIG MOUTH TO
AL GORE!!!! This is MOTHER NATURE.... You don't mess with her!!!! Get yourself
educated, the farmers almanac. We are cooling not heating..

Posted by Colleen Williams September 16, 08 11:59 PM

I'm speechless. I am praying for these lot of people with this ongoing issue. God Bless you all. Come to Dallas. We'll take care of you!!! We are truly sorry about what happened down there to all of you and the families that live here or are temoraraly here. We will help you here in Dalllas. Keep your head up. It only gets better. Look to the Lord for strength.

Posted by Haley September 17, 08 12:00 AM

Heartiest thanks to all those who are involved in posting and circulating these pictures!These photos are unbelievable and worth seeing.The natural disaster cause in Texas, and beyond are sympathetic.But at the same time it is beyond our human capabilities to avert such events.All we can do is to pray to almighty Allah to protect and guard all humans from such disasters.Give peace to all the souls that were lost in this event.And most importantly give us power to withstand all the circumstance in our life.Lord help us protect us and guide us. Ame en

Posted by Mohd Noor Alam September 17, 08 12:00 AM

I cant even read all these comments, as I dont wont to read any negative things said of the people of Louisiana. The way that was handled by our gov. was an embarrassment. There are people who live all over America who are lazy and take away from people who are deserving and really in need. New Orleans is still trying to get it together. I grew up in Seabrook Texas, I now live in Brookshire, Tx. and have taken in my family that live in Seabrook and we dont have electricity on at our place yet. I went through Hurricane Alicia on a Shrimp boat, which was nothing compared to living 2-3 weeks w/o electricity, mosquitoes., transportation etc.
There was a chance this hurricane could have hit Louisiana, and really until the very end no one can absolutley predict where they will hit. Also remember this hurricanes circumferance was almost the size of Texas. That in itself put landing by La.
Both of my families homes are flooded in Seabrook, my parents are elderly but fortunatly have insurance. We will still have to deal with initial cleanup.
This was sent to me by a friend in Michigan and the pics are really good. Of course as many pics they dont show the really horrible stuff that people will have to see and deal with, the dead people and animals. The point that I really want to get across is everyone needs to do some sort of vollunteer work and teach their children these "old school principles". I am not saying fly from Boston to help, but do something besides judging others to make a differance in their community.
To all the people who have empathy and made a positive comment, a big thank you from my family, and all Texans that suffered any loss.

Posted by Brenda September 17, 08 12:03 AM

The pictures are a great reflection of the external view of the storm damage. The people who quietly are going about cleaning and helping even without having their own homes in order deserve our greatest respect. They are the true heroes, and there are lots of them!

Posted by Anibal September 17, 08 12:05 AM

wow, just wow.........

Posted by D Pomeroy September 17, 08 12:05 AM

As a resident of Port Arthur I must say I feel blessed that our house only lost power. The Port Arthur sea wall did it's job and held back the 12ft. storm surge or this tragic event could have been much worse than it already is. We very well could have had another Katrina on our hands if the storm surge had been just a few feedt higher.

My heart goes out those who's homes were flooded to our north and south, and those who lost homes on the Bolivar Peninsula including some of my friends. Stay strong and god bless.

Posted by Philip September 17, 08 12:05 AM

How many of these crazy people will AGAIN build on Galveston Island ????? They KNOW another storm will come and their houses will be destroyed again... The same for the barrier islands off Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia both Carolinas and Virginia................................. They know hte government will rebuild their homes for them.... Why get flood insurance ?

I was raised in Florida, went through about a dozen hurricanes........ That is why I live in the midwest now................

Posted by Ron September 17, 08 12:07 AM

lol there's a kitty in a tree

Posted by azn September 17, 08 12:09 AM

Lots of ways to help:

Many posts wishing they could help. Here's how: I ready today that The American Red Cross's Disaster Relief Fund is EMPTY! Go to and click on Donate. They have tens of thousands of volunteers along the Gulf, sheltering and feeding the victims of Gustav, Ike, and the flooding that is starting. I read also that they've already served something like 1.5 MILLION meals. Jeez! that's amazing. Can we afford to let the Red Cross go broke? We need them, and they need our money and our volunteer time. What the Red Cross needs most is your financial support AND your time. In the U.S. or any other country, contact your local chapter of the Red Cross or International Red Crescent Society. Get active in your local community. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. As the Red Cross website says "Be Red Cross Ready". Make A Plan, Have A Kit, Be Informed!.

Posted by John B. September 17, 08 12:11 AM

wow, that was unbelievable, beautiful pictures, i am in shock right now.

Posted by anonymous September 17, 08 12:12 AM

I lived on the Gulf Coast of Texas for 18 years, and it is chock full of wonderful people. Thank you to all who have posted kind words and who continue to pray for the lives devastated by Ike. I know how much your graciousness is appreciated.

To post #59 - Many people live on the Gulf Coast because of their from which you benefit. There are dozens of oil refineries which must be manned, or you will not have gas in your car. You also benefit from the many chemical plants, sea ports, seafood industries, etc. People can't commute daily from 100 miles inland, so communities spring up around the industry. No doubt, they are aware of the risks of where they live, just as Californians are aware of the dangers of earthquakes, Northerners are aware of the dangers of blizzards, and people who live on the Great Plains are aware of the dangers of tornadoes. We all do the best we can to prepare for the varied natural disaster of the regions where we live and work.

My dear Post, #91,

I am ever amazed by the people I meet (admittedly, a very small number) who are so vainglorious that they are incapable of believing in a higher power. You, of course, are entitled to believe whatever you choose, but I am curious about a few things. #1, Why are you so blasted angry at those who choose to believe differently than you? #2, I'm sure are aware, since you are so highly intelligent, that ANGER is a secondary emotion, generally brought on by the primary emotion, FEAR. So, what's got you so scared there, Buddy? And #3, if you are so smart that you've proven there is no God, why don't you know the difference between THERE and THEIR? (see your comment above) Final note...EVERY knee shall bend.

Posted by Cindy H September 17, 08 12:15 AM

You know, we listened and watched the storm for days. First it was coming our way then it turned. They said it was going to be a Cat 2. We boarded up, took all the yard stuff up so it wouldnt become missles. Put the animals up so they wouldnt be blown away and scared. Worried about the trees. Cut some of the branches and burned them so again, they wouldnt become missles. But we figured a cat 2 was something we could ride out. They said hunker down, have enough commodities to last 3 days. We got water, propane to cook on incase we lost electricity. We were prepared. It hit Galveston. They did warn about the storm surges, even warned the people who did not have a sea wall to protect them that the surge would be 20 ft there. We all make choices in life. I would have stayed in Houston, just as I stayed in my home. I would not have thought the aftermath would have been that bad. If it were not for the cold front coming down that turned the storm further east, It could have been us. Im not poor, Im not rich, I thought I was prepared, but now Im not so sure and I dont think I could stay if another storm came our way. Again, we make choices. We weight the information we get and go from there. Hind site is always 20/20 and the choices are not for anyone else to make but the person who lives it.

Posted by J. Munoz September 17, 08 12:16 AM

To # 39 That all sounds great for New Orleans.. Then answer one question....
Why did they trash the FEMA trailers that they were provided by the taxpayers???

Posted by Colleen Williams September 17, 08 12:17 AM

These pics are the best I've seen so far of Ike. I live and work in Galveston and am not optimistic about the fate of my apartment--looks like it is standing but may have been flooded. All sorts of crazy debates on this post. With regard to evacuations, the storm hit overnight friday/saturday. Wednesday the mayor stated that citizens should shelter in place on the east end as it was too late to order mandatory evacuations. Thursday (less than 24 hours before arrival of initial surge) a mandatory evacuation was finally ordered while I was halfway to Austin. Friday morning, downtown Galveston began to flood and increased throughout the day. Landfall was at 2:10am in Galveston with the eye passing over my apartment.

In my opinion the city (mayor) botched the evacuation and issued orders way too late. I'm concerned about the media blackout and that the death toll is likely much higher due to numbers of elderly, infirm, or incapable persons who may have drowned. As a former meteorology minor I follow storms enthusiastically and watched Ike since birth. Evacuation orders should have been empatically issued wednesday evening--like Nagin in NOLA for Gustav (overkill but it worked). During the storm I went to Austin with my cat (poor kitty in #18) to visit friends and am now in St. Louis with the parents awaiting word to return to the island. Best Wishes to all!

Posted by Jason September 17, 08 12:18 AM

I can only imagine the horror of facing a storm like that ! I live in Western Pa and this past Sunday evening (Sept !14 )we got the remains of Ike !Our winds were only @ category 1 level and it was scary ! Trees and power lines down everywhere and people complaining they wouldn't have electricity for 5 to 7 days ! Get a grip People !!!! The people in texas are facing years before their lives return to normal . We lost a car because the wind blew a tree down on it...big deal we have our house and personal belongings and most of all our loved ones.
My heart goes out to these people and the losses they suffered. I'll stay in Pa locked is fine with me . The ocean is pretty but when will we learn you can't stop Wind, Fire and Water and when in a combination like Ike well no
coastal living for me ! God Bless Texas and the peple who face rebuilding .

Posted by Dewey September 17, 08 12:31 AM

wow,, i can't belive on what i just seen...... I give my prayer's to you all,, for your losses and things.....

Posted by Deb September 17, 08 12:32 AM


Posted by Azeem Akhtar September 17, 08 12:32 AM

#170 QUESTION - Why do americans build those crappy wooden houses? That devastation is normal in these conditions. If you used bricks and cement you wouldn't have so many problems.

ANSWER - Crappy wooden houses are cheaper to replace than the brick and cement houses that will be just as smashed and obiterated after the storm.


Posted by Suz September 17, 08 12:33 AM

These photos are stunning. As I sit in my Houston apartment, 50 miles inland I realize how lucky I am - mine was one of only 4% of Houston area households that did not lose electricity. Until I viewed those pics, I was bummed because my satellite dish blew off the roof and I'll have no TV for a couple of weeks. My self-absorbed a$$. The 5"x4" video streams on the local news station websites do not convey the magnitude of the damage. Besides, their 24/7 coverage is focused on getting out info on where to get supplies (ice, water, bread & gas are the most sought after items in the city right now).

For those who were worried about the animals in the pics, I heard that the Houston SPCA was on Galveston Island today rescuing pets - if you are so inclined, they could use some donations.

For those who are preaching about the stupidity of living on the oceanfront, you obviously have never had that pleasure. I grew up on the Massachusetts coast (where we had nor'easters that packed hurricane force winds and, occasionally, 2 or 3 feet of snow as well) and miss living on the water. There is a reason that oceanfront property is among the most expensive in the country - it is some of the most beautiful land we have.

For those who questioned the “idiots” that refused to evacuate, I am somewhat with you, but I also saw some on the news who didn’t have the money to leave, and some “oldtimers” that had weathered a number of storms and many others that had endured the fiasco that was the Rita evacuation and felt that a hurricane would be easier to take then being stuck in their motionless cars on a highway for 15-20 hours again - they had their reasons. But I doubt anyone will be able to make them all pay, financially, for having stayed behind – many are still unaccounted for and I fear that we’ll find that a number of them paid the ultimate price when all those piles of debris in the photos have been picked through. So let’s not judge them just yet.

For the photographer(s?) that took these pictures and the folks at the Globe that posted them, thank-you.

Posted by MBL September 17, 08 12:36 AM

How big is that oil spill?

Drill, drill, drill...creates hot, hot, hotter weather which feeds more and bigger hurricanes and droughts. More tragedy for too many people no matter what they believe or not.

Science and media have been censored so that you do not know this well enough to help yourself prevent the climate from collapsing into a completely unstable, unliveable, extinction event. We must work to prevent these tragedies from worsening, to recover the stability of the climate which allows agriculture and a larger population to enjoy the good days and beautiful places.

Posted by B September 17, 08 12:51 AM

In my thoughts and prayers. We can and will take care of our own. God bless you all and God bless the USA !

Posted by LSWL September 17, 08 12:52 AM

We reside in Vidor, Texas and are still evacuated. The devastation is unbelievable. So, too, was the devastation from Hurricane Rita three years ago, almost to the day. Hurricane Katrina destroyed a lot of property and lives, from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama, among seven states total for a loss of 1836 lives and 80 billion dollars in damage. Hurricane Rita, which immediately followed Katrina, caused 10 billion dollars damage and 110 deaths--while you are still hearing about Katrina and the sewage bowl called New Orleans, you never hear about Hurricane Rita. Every natural disaster destroys lives and property. Storms do not discriminate against people, based on race, political or religious beliefs. Storms destroy lives.

Photo-journalism appears to be the only true journalism that exists, because it is unbiased. What your eyes behold is what your heart and mind know to be true. Any commentary from the national media about any subject is extremely biased.

There is a God in Heaven, and He is in control. The power of his existence is evident in everything on this earth and in this universe. He created it all, and He will destroy it all, according to His word: the Holy Bible. We all need to humble and submit ourselves before God Almighty, pray for one another, stand up for one another, live to serve one another and be the best Christians we can possibly be.

Treat others the way you want to be treated. That is the Golden Rule, and, if followed by everyone, the world would be a much better place to live. Regardless, unless you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will spend an eternity separated from His father, the God of Abraham, Almighty God.

Read the Word; know the Word; live the Word. If you do so, your live here will be abundant and full of meaning. And, your eternal life will be spent in the presence of the Almighty and Living God.

Posted by David September 17, 08 12:52 AM

My heart goes out to all the people who lost everything, but at least some of them still have their health. Things happen for a reason and only God knows what that reason is. Hopefully they can regain some of their material things and be grateful for the sparing of their life so that they can re-build. We are fortunate in Ks. not to have to experience the devastation of a hurricane, although we have tornadoes, I think that a hurricane is for more damaging than a tornado. At least we can go into basements,ect. but there is no escape from all that water once it rises up to become a hurricane.

Posted by Joy September 17, 08 01:05 AM

I would rather live as if there is a God and find out there isn't, than to live as if there is no God and find out there is.
I stand amazed... both by the pictures and by most of these posts.

Posted by Texas Panhandler September 17, 08 01:18 AM

Wow, everyone needs to pray. Shame on a lot of you for the comments that you posted. The devil will WELCOME you with open arms in HELL. We are AMERICANS we are supposed to stick together, this is the greatest country in the world. It just sickens me to listen to some of you idiots. I will pray for all the victims of this tragedy and you idiots that posted some of these comments.
God is coming soon....the rapture is approaching all these events are just the beginning of whats to come!
Get to church and receive GOD and JESUS CHRIST as your Savior!

Posted by ME September 17, 08 01:25 AM

Pictures say it all , thank you so much . This world is in such a mess .This is only a small amount of things that are perdicted to come to us.. I think its bad that some refused to leave an then someone had to risk their life to go get them later. L

Posted by lucille oswald September 17, 08 01:28 AM



Posted by CGARRISON September 17, 08 01:29 AM

God Bless all who have suffered in anyway form or fashion.The words below say it all to each and everyone of us.

House of Gold

People steal, they cheat and lie
For wealth and what it will buy
Don't they know on the judgement day
Gold and silver will melt away

I'd rather be in a deep, dark grave
And know that my poor soul was saved
Than to live in this world in a house of gold
And deny my God and lose my soul

What good is gold and silver, too
If your heart's not good and true
Sinner hear me when I say
Fall down upon your knees and pray

Posted by Alabama September 17, 08 01:31 AM

Im a Marine serving in afghanistan.. Houston is were i was born and raised... this makes me more sad than being over here... God bless texas!

Posted by jason September 17, 08 01:34 AM

As the wake of Ike, continues to pass through my home town of Houston, I am reminded of the waters that of Allison that rose to the ceiling of my apartment. Seeing these photos gathered as rememberence of those who are still facing uncertainty in their lives, I remain grateful for just minor scare Ike blew through my neighborhood. As, the last little jog, the storm took to the North, took my backyard out of the projected eye, and into the cusp line, still bringing effects, but nothing compare to my neighbors in the city as I am in Richmond.

Just want to say thanks for All the blog, just to have a grounding place to see the world is watching with us. Most of these photos I had seen on local watch, but great to see the comglomeration shared.

I want to say one thing about coastal living and the risks,,,Our ship channel, is a great provider for goods, and the jobs that it supports. All coastal communities provide an incredible service to massive numbers of people seeking places to retire and vacation. Houston also is a provider for much of the nations fuel.

To understand the importance of caring for the Ocean, and it's needs, will most likely be a direct line to Mother Earth to Care for us in return. Green living is just the beginning. Blue should be the next headlines for lifestyles all over to take note on the many things that can be done to protect and preserve, both people, and ocean.

And for the Coastal Living comments of living on the coast,,,take it or leave it comments. Last I heard the destruction path, went pretty far north,,and east...Many miles from the coast line. Does this type of thinking believe Chicago should move away from the Coast line too??

No place like home.


Posted by Diane September 17, 08 01:35 AM

I literally sat in awe as I looked at each picture. Such amazing beauty in each one and yet such horrible devastation. My heart aches for not only the lives lost but for the homes and belongings of so many people. I live in NM and have never experienced a natural disaster such as H. Ike. I hope and pray I never do. Thinking back about the person(s) that wrote smashing LA and then the back-biting by some of those in TX is almost as devastating. This is the way, minor though it be, that conflicts and wars start. (example) "My state is better than your state." Such immaturity and pettiness should only come from a child who knows no better. Now someone will probably say I'm blasting children. Come on Americans. Right now we have a lot more things to be concerned about than whose state is the best. i.e. Who is our next president going to be. If you can possibly help the people in Houston & Galveston than please do so. I wish I could. If you can't help then put your thoughts and prayers into making the right decision when you vote. We could wind up dealing with something a whole lot worse and/or longer lasting than a hurricane.

Posted by Donna in dry NM September 17, 08 01:36 AM

As a photographer/photojournalist I had very mixed emotions looking at those photos, considering there's some superb photojournalism in there... but for some people they are their homes. Can you say "great photo" if you're looking at someone's destroyed life? Granted, that goes for a lot of news photos, but rarely they are this impressive. I wish I had taken some of those photos - and yet obviously I wish they had never been taken.

Posted by Maija Haavisto September 17, 08 01:42 AM

Thank you #438. You are obviously a gentleman, someone we are proud to call neighbor. It is a strange fact that people usually find what they are looking for in others. And #467 some people are making unusually strong statements in their postings. Please know that the majority of Christians do not hate you, or any other athiest. What most people resent are unprovoked comments from some athiests declaring how ignorant and stupid we are for clinging to the comfort that comes from the love from our Heavenly Father, something we experience daily . The name Christian literally means "little Christs", proclaiming that we are to live up to Christ's example. Jesus was always compassionate toward, and concerned about, unbelievers. In this spirit please accept my friendship and don't resent my prayers for what I believe is your eternal soul. May God bless us all with compassion, understanding, and love for our fellow man in these trying times.

Posted by Blessed in Texas September 17, 08 01:44 AM

We are facing a stock market crash and perhaps world wide depression. these photos will be child's play by the time the american economoy collaspes,
if i was u I would be stocking things necessary to live. we're printing money now do it won;'t be elong before your money will be worthless.

Posted by phil September 17, 08 01:48 AM

The photos only tell part of the story, I pray that we will not have to see this again for a very long time. I went through Alicia when I lived in Houston, and Katrina when Iived in Baton Rouge. Getting ready for the storms are extremely stressful, My husband works in Calgary Canada and when Hanna was headed towards Savannah I flew down to prepare to evacuate our personal items from our home on an Island near Savannah....and I was panicked as to what I had to take with me. It was the worst feeling in the world trying to decide what needed to be done and what would we save. Thank God ( and I did) the storm passed us by. I cried when Ike hit Houston as I had to worry about all my friends there, and when Gustuv hit Baton Rouge I cried as I heard again the horror stories were repeated just like after Katrina.... Those of us that live on the coast put up with this, because we love the water, nature, the beauty that God has created for all of us to see. When you all go on vacation...I would say most people head to the coast - and you all say "I wish we could live here"- and then you head home to your safe spot on the globe - I said that my whole life growing up in Michigan, and now I live on the ocean, and I am so lucky...We all have to respect Mother nature, and help each other when she rears her ugly side. We need to respect each other and just lend a helping hand and stop judging others for where they live.. I was appauled with the looting after katrina, and very glad that they threw people in prison this time if they were caught. Thank you for sharing these photos with all of us, it's a great reminder to make sure you are prepared, and to get out of the way when someone tells you don't mess around with Mother Nature. God Bless Texas and LA. you are the best when it comes to hospitality, and we will all be back to vacation come next winter when it's cold in the North.

Posted by Jo September 17, 08 01:57 AM

I have seen pictures like this in the early 70's. I lived on the side of a river and I realized that the river was rising. On the street we lived on there were alot of BUT this was bad. I hate to see what the governor is going to say about the damage. I am afraid this is just the beginning of the distructions that are going to happen as time goes on.

Posted by MaryLou Little September 17, 08 01:57 AM

so impressive photos.

thx for that:

Posted by Jesse September 17, 08 02:00 AM

i dont agree with the above coments that state "WOW"

pray for them , dont fascinate

Posted by tarun sidhu September 17, 08 02:03 AM

Although there are some houses owned by the affluent in west Galveston, most of the city is rather poor. It seems as though both rich and poor areas were affected equally. Galveston has always reminded me alot of New Orleans in that the makeup of the cities is very similar.

The pictures are quite striking and tell the story of the power of Mother Nature. I am saddened at the loss of so many landmarks, points of beauty, and homes and lives in Galveston. This should just show us all how small and insignificant we are when compared with the power of the world around us.

Posted by Native Texan from Fort Worth September 17, 08 02:09 AM

Unbelievable!!!! And they say that living in New York City is dangerous. Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Sy Morse To say nothing of the devestating train wreck the other day that killed 25 people. We are truly blessed.

Posted by Sy Morse September 17, 08 02:12 AM

Our daughter lives in Seabrook, not far from the area shown in the picture. Thank God she has no flooding and no significant damage to her home. It appears her neighborhood was spared the storm surge because it is up on a bluff. Today they are six days out and still have no electricity. She stood in line over 30 munites to enter the grocery store, shopped by flashlight, canned good and dry good are all they had, then paid for purchases with cash due to no computers/power to process debit cards. I am beginning to hear the despair in her voice.
I fear this is only the beginning of a long struggle to find normal again.

Posted by Pam September 17, 08 02:16 AM

The photos are amazing and so sad! God Bless all of those families. We were complaining about having to put all the yard furniture back out into the yard and putting the boat back into the water,when we found out that IKE was not coming to North Carolina. I'll never complain again! We were so fortunate that he did not choose our coast. Thanks for e-mailing the photo's. Reminds me to always count our blessings!

Posted by Sheryl Taylor September 17, 08 02:27 AM


One house still standing in one picture! If I was having a house built I would want the name of that builder!

My heartfelt prayers to all who have been devastated by Ike.

Posted by Denise Franklin September 17, 08 02:38 AM

I was in the "Eye wall" of this Hurricane and it really wasn't any worse than others that have blown through except it hit a major population center.(Houston/Galveston)
Hence the high numbers in the damage estimate. Most of us who live here know better than to stay on an island or beach during a storm off the Gulf.
I sat on the patio for a good deal of it then simply went to bed once the eye was onshore.
Good luck to those who build their castles on the sand.

Posted by Roadcaptain September 17, 08 02:41 AM

God we are sorry!!!!
Please have mercy on us!!!
We are your children!
Please forgive us!!!

Posted by Richard Lords September 17, 08 02:44 AM

amazing and sad , when the world is in trouble tho two greatest countries in the world great britain and america go out and help often alone they find the money and people despite having problems of their own. i just wonder how much help the world will offer to america

Posted by john September 17, 08 02:46 AM

I live in Slovakia (Centrale Europe). It´s uncreable pictures for me and this photos stopped my heart.

Posted by Mikulas Collak September 17, 08 03:00 AM

This devastation is of the same magnitude as was caused by Katrina. Why is this not being accurately reported by our media? My heart goes out to all that have lost their homes and more. You all will be in my prayers.

Posted by Tamara September 17, 08 03:06 AM

A yet another proof that human - with all its boasted skills and power to invent to ease our living condition, is still incomparable to the might of nature.

Another testimony, that a “slight” nudge from our Creator, is all it takes for us to know that only when our backs are laid flat, do we only see HIS strength and ask for his forgiveness, help and guidance.

Let us not ever forget to pray.

Posted by Joseph L. Padullon September 17, 08 03:07 AM

The funny part is, many of the homes you see are million dollar plus houses. Or not seeing, depending. That's why I have little sympathy. These people who built the beautiful (wooden) homes right on the coast are there by choice, and spent a lot of money to be there. And they spent a lot of money because it's an extremely high-demand (and high status) place to live. THAT'S why we are offended that they then ask for help rebuilding. If you were trapped in a slum because you didn't have the means to live elsewhere, and your home was destroyed, I would be full of sympathy. But oh, woe is me for the millionaires...yes, I understand not all affected were millionaires. But the owners of those lovely homes on the coast absolutely are. Or were. Or whatever.

Posted by Hannelore September 17, 08 03:12 AM

God bless everyone...

Posted by teju September 17, 08 03:15 AM
Posted by BUD September 17, 08 03:17 AM

Certainly devastating damage by storm surge, flood waters and high winds.

When I see flooded beach front homes still standing on stilts in the aftermath, I can assure you this is not even close to the complete and utter destruction of any and all structures that occurred w/in 1/2 to1 mile off the beach along Hancock County Mississippi's Gulf Coast as a result of Katrina.

I have lots of family in Houston and my heart goes out to ya'll as I myself lost everything in Katrina.

Posted by Michael Reed September 17, 08 03:17 AM

From one who survived the Ice Storm in 1998...........I can only try to understand the frustration and grief these people are living with, and the fear that grips their hearts as they wonder when their lives and the world they live in will be normal again. My heart goes out to all of you and I pray for the safety of you and yours, and a quick comeback. It is very frustrating also to sit here in Ottawa, Canada wanting to help.............God bless; have courage!

Posted by Lydia MacLeod September 17, 08 03:24 AM

Just goes to prove once more how powerful the forces of nature are! And still there are people who dont believe in God. He shows us his Majesty each day, even in the smallest ways! Look at his Majesty here and how oh how awesome he is! Live each day as though it was your last! My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by the devastation! God Bless!

Posted by Sherene Nicholls - Cape Town September 17, 08 03:27 AM

Well I hope that horse is OK, I don't understand why the owners left their horse behind (yes im an avid horse lover).

There is no way that the powers sitting up in capital hill can continue to deny Global Warming!!

I feel sorry for those of you that live in the United States and having to deal with all this disctruction, plus after Katrina 3 years ago. That state is still has yet to recover. My sympothies and prayers to all of you.

BTW Where the hell is Bush. Is he out golfing again, while his people need his support and MONEY from congress, oh but wait, didn't they just send more than a trillion to IRAQ??? Im afraid America is lost and this is just the beginning, hopefully Obama can get you back on the right track. Bush sure has had a BIG MESS OF THINGS AND IM NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT HURRICANES AND SUCH.

Posted by Laura September 17, 08 03:37 AM

These pictures are devasting, I hope that I never experince anything like this. i live California, and I can imagine what an earthquake would be like.

Posted by H. J. Hicks September 17, 08 03:43 AM


Posted by Egor109 September 17, 08 03:58 AM

nice house in the centre of lake ;)

Posted by michal michalski September 17, 08 04:29 AM

Porca miseria!

Posted by Richard Harris September 17, 08 04:56 AM

Omg...i had no idea Ike did THAT... wow... thats horrible..


Posted by Lindsey September 17, 08 05:17 AM

What utter devastation. Kudos to the men and women who managed to show the rest of us a visual of all that has happened. Without those photos I'm sure many of us wouldn't find it in our hearts to help those poor victims that have tragically lost their homes/belongings and also family members.
Perhaps if the earth had been treated better, mother nature might not be dealing such a bad blow.
I hope all those who are suffering as a consequence of Ike will mentally and physically regain normality.

Posted by Lisa P September 17, 08 05:26 AM

It's incredible to see one house standing in an area where all of the other homes are destroyed. The massive flooding is an awful thing to deal with. So much distruction is hard to image. We should certainly take a serious look at what we are doing to our climate to cause the storms to become more severe. My prayers are with those effected by the storm.

Posted by September 17, 08 05:47 AM

Is anyone studying the construction of the two houses that survived?
It could be chance. It could be superior design.

Posted by Richard E. Taney September 17, 08 05:50 AM

Is anyone studying the construction of the two houses that survived?
It could be chance. It could be superior design.

Posted by Richard E. Taney September 17, 08 05:50 AM

I pray for everyone in the storm struck areas, and for all those helping those effected by the storm.
May God give you all 100 times more than before

Posted by Debbie Hubbard September 17, 08 06:02 AM

Oh Crap! That Bad

Posted by Milly Milesa September 17, 08 06:14 AM

I hope that insurance companies cease writing ins. for tornado damage, earthquake damage, wildfire and mud slide damage in the areas where those occur on the same day that they cease writing ins on coastal property.

Posted by Charles Culotta September 17, 08 06:26 AM

I am amazed to se the stength of these storms and the resolve of us all to gather and help one another. To rebuild our lives where there seems no hope. Yes, nature is strong, but God and man together can overcome. these. Take care, God Bless.

Posted by Vince Giaccone September 17, 08 06:42 AM


Posted by STEVEN WALKER September 17, 08 06:44 AM

Why do you Americans always have to bring in the subject god? And whatever he exists or not it's rather childish to think he cares more on what you think of him (or her or it) than what you actually. If that is the case he is an egocentic lacking self respect bully, who would ever want to deal with such a being anyway?

Anyway leaving such minor issue aside can you see that if you build WOODEN Houses in the coastline that is devastated regularly by hurricanes you will have to rebuild your house over and over again?

Posted by baley September 17, 08 06:48 AM

i'm sorry...

Posted by bahman September 17, 08 06:48 AM


Posted by Dwayne September 17, 08 06:55 AM

lamento muchisimo desde argentina lo que estan sufriendo, pero sabiendo lo fuerte que es su pueblo saldran adelante

Posted by marisa September 17, 08 07:03 AM

Thanks for the photos. I have friends living in both Houston and in Seabrook who managed to make it through Ike with minimal damage.

I just wish that media folks could get the information on Katrina correct. Hurricane Katrina did not STRIKE New Orleans---the levees broke. Hurricane Katrina STRUCK the Mississippi Gulf Coast and being located in the northeast quadrant of the storm, the coast received massive walls of water that ranged from twenty to thirty feet in height. My family lived in Pascagoula, and our house took on sixteen feet of water. The people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are a hard-working bunch of folks who put their shoulders to the grindstone and started rebuilding.

Posted by Rachel Hogue September 17, 08 07:07 AM

nice pictures

Posted by tiger September 17, 08 07:10 AM

Unbelievable. What happen to the news coverage.

Posted by John E. Munson Jr. September 17, 08 07:13 AM

There you go, now you know.

Posted by Hunter September 17, 08 07:15 AM

Eu, sinto muito!

Posted by Marllon September 17, 08 07:23 AM

God bless all those affected and all those serving

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 07:26 AM

Those are great photos!
It would leave more of an impact on everybody if you had some before and after shots.

Thanks !

Posted by Dave Thiel September 17, 08 07:32 AM


Posted by DD September 17, 08 07:38 AM

The picture with all them caskets out of the ground is really sad....I'm sorry for all of you guys that was invovled....GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!! Stay strong and have hope I know easier than said .... I pray for everyone in the storm struck areas.

Posted by Me September 17, 08 07:56 AM

Global warming !!!!
God Bless all those who have suffered here.
Awesome photo's

Posted by Frank Hastings September 17, 08 07:58 AM

For #59, there's no evidence whatsoever global warming affects the frequency, intensity, or rainfall amounts associated with a hurricane.

People who congregate and build near oceans where hurricanes frequent must bear the risk. As we have seen throughout the recorded history of hurricanes, the damage done by these storms can be overwhelming.

Posted by Craven Moorehead September 17, 08 07:59 AM

I am praying for those people in Texas that are hurting from Hurricane Ike. I leave in Florida and I know what I happen from hurricanes. The Lord will not but anymore on us than we can bear. He said that "He will not leave us nor for sake us. So keep praying and looking up. I know it is hard, but you will be alright.

Posted by Mangelyn Johnson September 17, 08 08:08 AM

I feel for their losses as we are still dealing with hurricane katrina

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 08:09 AM

By the time I got to #28 I cried with her. For those of us just "looking on" with photos, we have no understanding of the loss these people feel. For the few of you above who made Ignorant and thoughtless comments above, I suggest you trade places with these people for just a day. Im sure it would change your perspective.

Posted by Teresa from Ohio September 17, 08 08:09 AM


Posted by EANY AZEVEDO September 17, 08 08:13 AM

I am sorry for all the loss. It is indeed sad, but what about all the beautiful sunsets on the coast that some never see. It is not all bad - THAT is why these people will go back and rebuild. Just like anywhere else there is danger of destruction wheather it is wind, water or fire. You live your life for the good times, enjoy the everyday beauty and deal with the disaster when it happens. God bless you for having the courage to enjoy the best days too.

Posted by Betty September 17, 08 08:14 AM

I bet the burning buildings had no flood insurance.

Posted by Joe Gorman September 17, 08 08:14 AM

my love and prayers go out to all of the people and families effected by Ike!

Posted by kelci September 17, 08 08:21 AM

photo16, im not even sure what im looking at. can't tell which way is up

Posted by acme September 17, 08 08:22 AM

Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the the people that were affected by the hurricane.. May God give them 100 times more than before...

Posted by Mtrevino September 17, 08 08:24 AM

Some of you people are ignorant! This isn't about politics, religion, black & white or poor and rich. It's a NATURAL disaster! I have nothing but sympathy for those affected by IKE and for KATRINA and RITA and all past storms and disasters. These people need your prayers and support, not your criticism.

Posted by Luke - Lake Charles, LA. September 17, 08 08:27 AM

Its very devastaing and painfull to see the aftereffects created by hurricane.
Must say that all the pictures has been captured stungily and expresses the emotions and pain one has gone through it.

Posted by Sabari September 17, 08 08:29 AM

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be with them. As I look at the pictures and see the devastation of all the cities involved, I can't help but thank the Lord. It could have been a lot worse. I know it will take a while to rebuild the cities, but my prayer is that this country turn back to it's roots and that's believing in the Most High God of the universe.

God bless all those who might have lost a loved one or their belongings. And may God bless those who are rescuing these individuals.

Posted by Angie September 17, 08 08:30 AM


Posted by DONNA IN PENSACOLA September 17, 08 08:34 AM

Stay Strong!

Posted by K. Briscoe September 17, 08 08:34 AM

Truly powerful........those photos really grasp what we try to understand. Let us all be thankful for all we have and pray for those who have lost and need to rebuild.

Posted by Michelle September 17, 08 08:37 AM

May GOD be with you

Posted by Bobby Frees September 17, 08 08:40 AM

I can not possible image what it must be like to have gone through one of these storms, these pictures really bring home the utter destruction that these storms cause, my heart goes out to all those whos lives have been effected by these storms.

Posted by John James (London) September 17, 08 08:41 AM

So unreal. As thankful as I am that it swung north of us here in Corpus Christi, TX. I can't help but feel so aweful for these people. God Bless the American Spirit! And God Bless Texas!!! We know how to handle hurricanes the right way!

Posted by Tim September 17, 08 08:45 AM

My heart goes out to those that have been impacted by this monster storm. Just know that there is a God above, that cares for you and knows what you are going through. Cast your cares upon Him, seek Him and He will sustain you.

I am praying for all of you!

Posted by Julia Young-Goss September 17, 08 08:50 AM


It's all devastation, but to answer your question. New Orleanians were left without food and water for almost a week, while over 1500 and counting lost their lives! I hope that answered YOUR question!
As far as the person that stated they did not feel sorry for New Orleanians, we need not your pity, only prayers. We like others that live/lived in vulnerable areas for disaster, we were only born, therefore stayed to live. Some folks in New Orleans did not have the means to leave, therefore no other choice but to stay! Keep your insensitive comments to yourself! After Katrina hit, many New Orleanians were critized for living in New Orleans, many were frowned on due to the looting in the area, the actions of a few. Please do not hold everyone there accountable for the actions of a few! If you do not feel sorry, or pray for any area of devastation, be careful... As some states now know after putting us down with their insensitive remarks.... WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND! KARMA IS NOT PRETTY!! Judge not, less you be judged!

Posted by Deedy September 17, 08 08:52 AM

response to post 377 Charlie Daniels....HATS OFF TO YOU! you said what should of been said long before now. If we had more people like yourself when disasters did strike recovery time would be much quicker. It is easy for someone to sit back and wait with their hand out when it is obvious that is what they did all along. It's people such as this that create a difficult situation for those that really are in need. Most agencies and not to mention volunteers are gun shy. But, can and do you blame them. I don't. I am the same way. Why should we risk our lives, reach out to those, to those that are unworthy and unappreciative. I always felt like this...

God will lead me to it and it is God that will lead me through it.

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Posted by SEAN PALMER September 17, 08 09:03 AM

As a resident of Baton Rouge, LA still housing a family member who was displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina, these photos don't surprise me at all. What I find disappointing, though, is how little coverage the national media gave our capital city after it was decimated by Hurricane Gustav. As of today, more than 16 days after the storm, some of our residents still don't have power. Many homes were destroyed by enormous trees that fell on them and much of the huge piles of debris remain.

The power of these storms could be harnessed by putting wind turbines out in the Gulf of Mexico. It's an opportunity for this nation to take a step towards energy independence.

Posted by Kate September 17, 08 09:04 AM

I am speechless!!! All we can do is pray for those families to find peace and solace in the midst of all the chaos, insurance claims, loss of loved ones and all that is to come from this catastrophe.

Posted by MaryW. of Georgia September 17, 08 09:04 AM

Those pictures were heartbreaking. The one of the flooded cemetery and the
coffins unearthed...just so much devastation. I am on the Texas coast and
were very blessed not to have received ANY damage from the storm. I pray
for the ones that did.

Posted by Charlotte Tipton September 17, 08 09:05 AM

Where is this coverage on television?

We have only seen a few scant images so far! Also where is the national response as there are many responses that FEMA is slow in helping in some areas.

Posted by Smooth September 17, 08 09:06 AM

Such devastation and people still refuse to leave.

Posted by Ron September 17, 08 09:06 AM

As bad as the event was, it also was nice to see that people took warnings seriously in order to be safe. That also allowed the rescue professionals to deal with not as many casualties and keep to the issue at hand.

Posted by Christy September 17, 08 09:09 AM

ez better

Posted by Fm September 17, 08 09:10 AM

It sure makes us understand just how powerful the wind and water can be
when we see these awesome pictures. The images are devistating and are
sad to look at....Cannot imagine what the people and the animals went thru that rode out that storm.....
I cannot understand the reasoning behind building homes that close to the
water and the open way to the ocean!!!!
God Bless everyone in the storm areas and may God give you the courage to
rebuild or the desire to move away....

Posted by Barbara Williams September 17, 08 09:10 AM

I do not mean to sound stupid, but in the pic that shows that ONE house standing, did all the rest literally wash away?? It appears there are driveways and foundations. That is insane!!! God Bless all the people affected!

Posted by ASails September 17, 08 09:11 AM

Im so sorry for those people.I do not see or hear the rest of the world giving any kind of aid for those people.I'm sure if it happened in another part of the world we would be right there.

Posted by J lipinski September 17, 08 09:13 AM

Surreal - Mercy. I have experienced hurricanes but not to the devestation seen here. May (your) God be with with you during these terrible times.

To the photographer who shot these photos: "Thanks for sharing with us from afar who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to appreciate the tremendous hardship faced by these hurricane victims. Some photos should definitely be in line for publication in National Geographic or similar publications."

Posted by C. Watts September 17, 08 09:16 AM

I went to Katrina and it looked very similiar, except for the loss of lives.

Posted by Andy September 17, 08 09:16 AM

It is horrible.........................

It's the national calamiti..................

Posted by shailesh September 17, 08 09:17 AM

Photos 11 and 24 were unbelievable, and sad. Photo ! touched my heart also. My family and I sat through hurricane HUGO in 1989 in Moncks Corner, S,C., and even though it was a category 4 it did not do near the damage of IKE.
We are praying for the people of The areas hit by this terrible weather, that God will give them the strength to get back on their feet. That he will help them find the financial help to rebuild their homes and replace their losses.

Posted by Roy Edens September 17, 08 09:18 AM

May God Bless each and every person in this moment of crisis, but remember that God will make it all better. It is hard, i know but trust in him and he'll make things better.

Posted by Rocio September 17, 08 09:18 AM

Great sorry comes to my heart when I see these pictures. I cannot imagine the pain and sorry everyone has to be going through. My prayers are with each and every one of you. May God bless you and walk with you through this dire time in your lives.

Posted by Sharon Lane September 17, 08 09:22 AM

Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the people affected by any of the destructive forces of nature. In a time of rebuilding my own life with two young sons and starting over from scratch, I am thankful that I have a roof over our heads, food, clothes. I pray for each person to find their inner strength, search for God's strength, that God will pour out His love through family and friends support and strangers that walk among us as angels in times of devastation as I have been blessed.

Lets pray for those strangers that will become friends who get their hands dirty and have a hug for other Americans in their time of need instead of crucifying them for their location of residence. Shall we be chastise those of us in New England because their may be an ice storm, blizzard, or floods or rivers, hurricanes that do hit New England?

Reminded by Harry Connick's beautiful music about NOLA....a crazy man standing there who he befriended yet he wasn't crazy after all...just scared and devastated.

Posted by Cynthia from CT September 17, 08 09:23 AM

To #169:

You are a radical/extremist and that makes you really dangerous; whether you are muslim, baptist or christian.

I truly hope you have no kids.

My thoughts are with the people suffering from this natural disaster. Be strong!

Posted by JM September 17, 08 09:23 AM

Ditto to #169 and God Bless all that are going through these trials and tribulations. " Do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. Cast all your burdens on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 4

To him give the glory all power is in his hands!

Posted by TC September 17, 08 09:25 AM

#2 is the cause.
#28 is the effect.
Instead of saying who has it worse, put your compassion on and love.
By the way love is an action word. Let's encourage, uplift and yes, get our hands dirty.

Posted by Jenny Vautour September 17, 08 09:26 AM

God bless everyone that lives in the Texas coast. I think we really start taking global warming seriously. These are signes that things are not right. It snowed in Kenya a few days back, which is totally crazy !!!!!!!!! We need to start acting, every single one of us and start making chages today, even if they are just small changes around our households. And stop looking at everyone else, start the changes with yourself and your own lifestyles. Things like watching how much energy and water we use etc.....If not this will happen to all of us, sooner or later (probably sooner).

Great Pictures, but just look at the 2nd one. Its Huge!!!!!!!

Posted by truth September 17, 08 09:26 AM

The photo were some great ones. My thoughts and prays go out to the ones affected by Ike!

Posted by Brandy September 17, 08 09:27 AM

OMG i cant believe the picture of the floating caskets that would have to be freaky to find. and #11 that poor little house just standing there by itsself. My prayers are with all the families that were affected by Hurricane Ike from East Texas. We got alot of rain and wind but not too much damage Thank you God for no destruction.

Posted by Frances Warren September 17, 08 09:27 AM

...and in the midst of it all our nation continues to be divided - this party against that one.

Do you think the people who have lost everything are thinking about the polls today?

When will our priorities change?

Posted by DJ September 17, 08 09:28 AM

I feel this has affected more people and lives than can possiblally be shown in one email. Just one moment of prayer and one act of kindness can do a lot to help.

Posted by Mary Haskins September 17, 08 09:28 AM

My prayers goes out to everyone in the Texas area, wish I was there to help out.
Richmond, Virginia

Posted by Joy September 17, 08 09:32 AM

wow i never see something like that after katrina
Ike was wow

Posted by sophie September 17, 08 09:32 AM

To #59. Living on the coast is a wonderful life. And saying that we are stupid for living here is, well, stupid. No place is completely safe. Tell that to the Midwest and their tornados, the west coast and their earthquakes and wildfires that destroy homes and lives. And the horrible blizzards in the north that take lives every year. Where do you suggest people live to "be safe"? Maybe in a cave somewhere, but no thanks. I live on the North Carolina coast and I know our time is coming. Fortunately our state is prepared and I know if something like that hits us, our State will come through. To hell with the Federal government.

Posted by Julie Santos September 17, 08 09:32 AM

Honestly #454...atheism really?

This issue is between have and have not....what is and what is not. God or Allah...Frith or Bishnu...does not have anything to do with what has occurred. Hurricanes happen...they are natural. We expect them...we NEED them...and they are forecasted and dealt with accordingly.

No one is condemning anyone of living/building/vacationing along these coastal regions. However...why is it nearly every time these NATURAL events occur the bleeding hearts are shocked by the seemingly unimaginable?

Jeez...America is full of bloated pigs. Ike plowed through the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico like one gigantic ball of irony.

Look closely at these devastation pictures...what do you see? $100K boats...half a million dollar beach one of the wealthiest one of the wealthiest states in America.

...and the government responds with, water, medicine...everything. The city of Houston as well as the State of Texas and the Federal Government are doing an EXCELLENT job managing this situation. Perhaps lessons were learned by the NOLA debacle that was Katrina...but the bottom-line is that these organizations and agencies are now better prepared to manage the chaos.

If you want to see a REAL crisis...take a closer look at Haiti - starving people held back by razor wire....that's how they manage things. Talk about people who have lost everything...especially Cuba. People do not have much of a choice where they live in these they are completely surrounded by hurricane waters. There is no FEMA or National Guard...or insurance companies to help them.

They are on their own.

So maybe instead of praying for people who fear that they might not be able to rebuild a vacation home....or replace a cigarette boat. Be thankful that you live in a country that, despite the political atmosphere, is willing to go bankrupt to tend to the needs of citizens....when natural events such as Katrina and Ike occur.

Posted by Mr. Yeti September 17, 08 09:34 AM

So much loss. Please pray for courage for all those people whos lives will never be the same. Pray for all the people helping to bring back normal function to their lives.

Posted by sandy September 17, 08 09:35 AM

This was a sad day for the Gulf Coast. Us Americans should dig deep into our pockets to support the the Red Cross and other agencies. May the Lord be with all of you.

Posted by Nick Brown September 17, 08 09:39 AM

re: Louisiana vs Texas vs any other state where disaster strikes - we're all the same

Do not judge. Just thank God that it wasn't you. We aren't screaming "where is the help", but we are crying. Right now all anyone can focus on is getting through hour by hour with neighbor helping neighbor. And for the record, over 35 states (INCLUDING LOUISIANA) have thousands of trucks and crews here helping to get power restored. So, we do what we can for ourselves and extend our undying gratitude to those who are here to help us with what we cannot.

We WILL survive and we WILL rebuild. God Bless Texas!

Posted by Memaw September 17, 08 09:40 AM

I am sure the Celebrities will be on their way to hold fundraisers and donate to help these unfortunate people.

Oh wait, nope that is right, they can't make it because Matt Damon is busy in Haiti passing out rice and the most of the other celebs were busy attending Obama's fundraisers to the tune of 9 million dollars! (last night he had 2 Hollywood fundraisers for himself)

Posted by Jenny JJJ September 17, 08 09:42 AM

Well maybe mother nature is trying to tell our great nation something. God put the beaches here for all of his childern to share his beauty. But some greedy individuals put up structures and fences to keep the average person out and use it for their own personal use. Charge so much for a room or a piece of property the average persom can not afford to use the beaches. My point, Fl., NC., La., etc. you try to change God's natural resourses then you have to pay the price he sets.

Posted by Jim Bain September 17, 08 09:42 AM

Couldn't believe the caskets that were taken out of the ground. So Sad!!! Also so sad to lose all the family history type items.

Posted by S. Taylor September 17, 08 09:43 AM

I'm surprised how many hateful comments there are. Civilized societies are supposed to care for those who cannot care for themselves, whether that is due to physical inability or mental inability or even just old-fashioned mistakes - it's no time to judge those who are in need - if you give conditionally then you ought not to give at all. Unconditional support and love is what this world needs more of.

I pray that those folks who have posted hateful comments on this website will have their eyes opened and their hearts softened. I feel as strongly about those lost souls as I do about the loss of life and property along the Gulf.

To those who have been affected by Ike - hang in there. And remember that many are praying to A VERY REAL GOD for you.

Posted by Hamilton September 17, 08 09:44 AM

Words can't describe my saddness for the victims of Ike. My god bless each and every one of you.

Posted by From Michigan September 17, 08 09:44 AM

I agree with a lot of people 11 and 24 are something else. God Bless all the people in Houston and Galveston and surrounding areas.

Posted by Sanya September 17, 08 09:45 AM

This is a continued reminder that we all need each other at some point and time.
No matter what our differences are. We are all affected by nature.

Posted by Yolanda Rolle September 17, 08 09:45 AM

Notice all the debris around #13, yet it has every shingle, no broken windows and even the staircase is still in tact!!!! That is unbelievable with all the debris that had to have been pounded against it. It is as if the Lord has made a lee around that house. I know that sounds crazy, but how else could it come through without even a damaged shingle???

I live in College Station, Tx and I was raised in Nederland. I evacuated for Carla, which was a storm comparable in damage to Ike. My family has always heeded the warnings to leave. I have NEVER stayed when there was a mandatory evacuation called. The unpridicatability of hurricanes makes it necessary to evacuate well in advance of the hurricane's landfall. That is a problem in that the storm can turn as it approaches land, as with Gustov, and many who evacuated didnd't need to in the first place. Frankly, I would rather evacuate unnecessarily than to be caught in the kind of hell the people of Crystal Beach and the Bolivar Peninsula did.

As for Katrina, there we was too much emphasis placed on the stupid who didn't heed toe warnings just as there is too much emphasis on Galveston and little coverage of other areas affected. The media pics and choosees, unfortunately. , I would rather evacuate unnecessarily than to be caught in the kind of hell the people of Crystal Beach and the Bolivar Peninsula did.

Posted by LHP September 17, 08 09:46 AM

all of these pictures shocked me so much...i live in tennessee and i've never had to go through the pain and sadness of losing everything that i had. i will keep praying for everyone and the ones that lost loved ones due to Hurricane Ike, Hanna or any other one.

Posted by bailee payton September 17, 08 09:47 AM

for number 576 above,

They are not allowed to burry coffins in an area that is so close to sea level. The water tables are too high and the coffins would float to the top eventually. Sort of like why you MUST keep water in a swimming pool here or it will come out of the ground. The caskets are burried above ground. If you look around in the photo, you will see concrete tombs with what looks like tops.

That is exactly what they are. The flood water lifted the tops off of the tombs and the coffins floated out. The hardest part is knowing that they might not get the right casket back in the right tomb, unless they have some incredible paperwork tath didnt get destryed.

Posted by Lving in Katy September 17, 08 09:49 AM

May God Bless each and everyone of them people

That is the most heart breaking thing to see

Chicago IL,
Mike Paulo

Posted by Mike Paulo September 17, 08 09:50 AM

Having lived in Galveston 3 yrs. and Houston 25 yrs., these photos break my heart and the pieces go out to all the residents that were there and the dreams that have been washed away. How devestativing all this has been. But Americans pull themselves up by their bootstraps and rebuild. Neighbors reach out to help each other and we all know our neighbor is not just the family on either side of us. May God bless these people and have Mercy on their coming days.

Posted by Myrnette September 17, 08 09:51 AM

Guys, the reason that there is this "hate" back and forth about NOLA (Big Easy). Is that Houston took over a 100,000 refugees from Katrina, and those refugees paid Houston back by creating so much crime and mischief that Houston and many Texans prefer not to see them again, not even if it is to so called help us. We know what the culture of NOLA does to people and we don't want anymore river rats scurrying over here! Time black people fessed up and starting straightening out their own messes and stop blaming everybody else for their situation. If blacks would make education and good manners a priority in the home and neighborhood, things would begin to change dramatically, that's what this black American thinks. It worked in our home!

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Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 09:53 AM

Laus Deo

Posted by Brenda Brooks September 17, 08 09:55 AM

I live here in Texas and am very saddened for all the loss. For those that chose to stay in the path you need to pay attention to the warnings because now you have endangered other lives unneccessarily.

Posted by Steve Hadorn September 17, 08 09:55 AM

To every American citizen out there who sees this devastation in is nothing like living it in real life. We survived Katrina as we lived on the MIssissippi Gulf Coast. The destruction you see from IKE is what Mississippi and Alabama still are. New Orleans was a structural failure from levees not holding up. Mississippi and Alabama were out and out hurricane devastation. Not to undercut New Orleans and the despair people had to endure there, but we were flattened just like you see in Texas right now and still somehow pulled together as communities to help one looting, no killing, no raping! My heart goes out to everyone in Texas right will get easier. But be prepared for the failure of our government run programs that are supposed to be there to help. It will take them time. If it weren't for power companies coming in from other states (Chicago Power came into our little town for days!!) in parades of trucks we would have been without power longer than 12 days!!!!! If it weren't for National Guard providing us with MRE's, water and ice......we wouldn't have survived. If it weren't for neighborhoods pulling together to help one another we all would not have made it through Katrina!!! I am saddened by our government and the response time they give to american citizens during natural disasters like these. It is a shame. Please pray for Texas.....Please pray for any state or town that is ravaged by natural disaster. Take time to be prepared no matter where you live. Water, propane, generators, food storage, batteries, toiletries....etc. Because you never know what is going to happen and who you might have to help in times of need.

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Posted by Hung Le September 17, 08 09:57 AM

I live in Louisiana but was born and raised in Galveston. The home I grew up in was built right after the 1900 hurricane. It had been undamaged by hurricanes till Ike. My mother and father have lost 75 years worth of their life and all you people can say is they got what they deserved for living there. How heartless! Till you have to completely start over again....DO NOT JUDGE. I see a lot of people talking about New Orleans not helping...They still were not 100% before Gustav and Ike. They don’t have much to give in the form of help...BUT what they do have they are giving. Although many people are still without power....At least a 3rd of the power workers have gone to Texas. On the topic of those hit being dumb for living on the coast...disasters hit every where in the USA...No place is safer then the other. For those making comments that people in Texas unlike those in Louisiana get their hands dirty......Come on....You are going to have people from both states doing so....And there will be others letting the work be done by someone else. I believe that No one state is better than the other....Please remember that we are all one thing...AMERICANS.....And we can get through anything with blood sweat and tears.

We Americans are strong when we stand alone but even stronger when we stand together. Stop the blaming, mocking, name calling, etc and come together. In times like these we need to be as one...Not fighting amongst ourselves. Not belittling our fellow Americans. We are a great country......Now lets show it!!!

Posted by Jen_Na September 17, 08 09:59 AM

Definitely brings the awesome power of Mom Nature to light! Makes you wonder about the sanity of those who would continue to live in areas so apt to be hit by such storms; they always seem to go back almost without fail, waiting for the rest of the country to soak up thier losses.
We are still listening to the victims of Katrina that went back after the storm, sitting with thier hands out waiting for a donation, do they really deserve that much compassion? I have been on missions that gave supplies to victims of such storms only to find them stuffed down the holes of Port-a-Potties (also donated) and only once in three years did I ever hear the words "Thank You!".

Posted by Tom Cox September 17, 08 10:01 AM

To the residents of coastal Texas: we here in Louisiana, especially New Orleans and surrounding areas affected by Katrina, understand what you're going through. You just experienced our Katrina. We need to stand together to get through this as wholly as possible.

Don't give up hope. Don't give up faith. Don't give up courage.

Hang in there and you'll find out how strong you are.

Posted by BlueEyedGem September 17, 08 10:01 AM

Wow, speechless to view each picture. But, I can't say they are awsome, disaster is never awsome. Sad, scary & reminder of what Mother Nature can do and is in store for us with global warming.

Regardless of where you live in Texas, we are each affected by Ike knowing that a fellow Texan may have lost their home and now can't return to gather their belongings. Our prayers & thoughts to each person in Texas.

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Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 10:06 AM

number 129 says it all. Some of you mouthers might be kind of speechless if a tradegy strikes you or someone you love. Shame on anyone who uses this situation to spread their hate and disdain. When did anyone gain the right to judge someone else?

Posted by Leeanne Vandiver September 17, 08 10:06 AM

I just think we all should remember in times like these, we all need compassion not put-downs and remember, There but for the Grace of God go I. Venting anger and using fowl language just shows fear and ignorance. Grow up, be glad it was not you. Also, I am afraid you give President Bush more credit than he deserves, last time I looked he still had not learned how to control the weather.

Posted by patricias-amarillo September 17, 08 10:06 AM

I live in La Porte, TX, and the results here are devasting. I am grateful that only my trees and back fence were damaged, but my house was unharmed. Thank God we have running water, and our electricity came back on Tuesday (9/16). My heart breaks every time I see pictures of our beloved Galveston. It is hard to explain the empty feelings one experiences during a horrific act of nature. Even though I have suffered some hardships, I am willing to help anyone that I can. My little beagle just doesn't understand why she can't go outside. Gee, I glad that is the main worry that I am facing.

Posted by Joy Lowry September 17, 08 10:07 AM

For those people who ask, "Why stay and rebuild" or "Why not build with brick and concrete?": You have to realize just how expensive it is to move/rebuild when your possessions must all be replaced, as well as a basic home structure. I know how hard it would be to leave my home (in VA). Even if they want to move, what could they afford with the pittance that they get from insurance in these inflationary times. Would they be able to pick up and move across the street from you? A good many people's places of employment were destroyed, also. It is not as if they can just pick up where they left off before they evacuated. There has got to be a place between a handout and a hand up.
For those people who say, "They got what they deserve for living there." take heed; you are never out of reach of a disaster. We experienced a flood 20+ years ago that took years to clean up. Many of my friends could not even get flood insurance, because we live in the mountains.
How far we have come since 9/11, when this country stood together and embraced the pride and pain that was felt during that disaster. How soon we
Gulf coast, you have a beautiful land with great people! We will not forget you.

Posted by l.b. in Virginia September 17, 08 10:07 AM


Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 10:07 AM

Did someone rescue the kitty???

Posted by Fred Flintstone September 17, 08 10:08 AM

Wow....these photos are incredible! Our prayers are with all those affected by the power of mother nature. The bad can bring out incredible good in people; through prayer we are motivated to act. We are one America and need to band together to help rebuild our fellow citizen's lives, because we can't depend on other countries to help us. Now would be a good time to send in a donation to the Red Cross or other hurricane relief agencies.
Thanks for publishing these photos for all to see.

Posted by N. Himmes September 17, 08 10:08 AM

I'm speechless.....why isn't the media showing these kinds of images! Why isn't this devastation getting the coverage Catrina received.........

Posted by Susan G. Scholder September 17, 08 10:09 AM

In comment # 856 Jules wrote..".Guys, the reason that there is this "hate" back and forth about NOLA (Big Easy). Is that Houston took over a 100,000 refugees from Katrina, and those refugees paid Houston back by creating so much crime and mischief that Houston and many Texans prefer not to see them again, not even if it is to so called help us. We know what the culture of NOLA does to people and we don't want anymore river rats scurrying over here! Time black people fessed up and starting straightening out their own messes and stop blaming everybody else for their situation. If blacks would make education and good manners a priority in the home and neighborhood, things would begin to change dramatically, that's what this black American thinks. It worked in our home!"

I am a Texan and I want to add to your comment. The real problem with the Big Easy is that they have left Ray Nagin a certifiable douchebag in as mayor. This self proclaimed leader of "Chocalate City" (his words) made a really stupid offer to Texans suffering from Ike. He said they really appreciated Texas taking their displaced poeple in during Katrina and they would now be glad to take up to 13,000 Texans in at hotels in New Orleans as paying guests. He made it clear they weren't offering any free shelters. Now what is wrong with that picture?

Posted by One Texan who think Ray Nagin is an idiot! September 17, 08 10:10 AM

For any one that has never been in a Hurricane of any sort let me tell you, if you don't leave the area when told to "YOU ARE A FOOL". I HAVE RODE OUT ONE IN THE 60'S ON A SHIP WHILE IN THE NAVY and when you look up at the waves and down at them from a deck of the ship you really experience the power they hold. JUST GET OUT OF THE PATH!!!

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Posted by KARA NAIRN September 17, 08 10:11 AM

That is part of the price for living on the coast. History shows that it has happened in this area before and it will happen again.

Posted by Bill Miles September 17, 08 10:12 AM

In a WORLD with so much HURTING and PAIN just remember that GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.......MAY GOD BLESS US ALL!!!!

Posted by PAULA FORD September 17, 08 10:13 AM

The awesome power of nature is mind-boggling! Why people continue to build and rebuild in a dangerous area is beyond me.

Posted by Camilla September 17, 08 10:14 AM

The WISE man built his house upon the rock. Global warming is for real.

Posted by michael September 17, 08 10:14 AM

Ray Nagin says y'all come on over to New Orleans and pay for a motel room.

Posted by Ray Nagin is an idiot September 17, 08 10:15 AM

God Bless You All !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Eddie P. September 17, 08 10:15 AM

Can't we all just get along? Katrina, Rita, Gustav and now Ike, what have we learned from all of this? I will tell you that it brings out the best in most but the worst in a limited few. Let's get the resources together and get the coastal communities back on track.

On a serious note: If you stay after all the warnings, you have no right to complain about rescue and how long it took. You have no right to endanger the lives of the rescuers by staying behind for what, something you were going to lose anyway? You have no right to complain about food, water and medical help if you stayed behind. So now pick up the pieces and move on. Afterall, that's all you can do.

It is always best to error on the side of caution, than to die an idiot.

Posted by Gregory Roark September 17, 08 10:15 AM

My wife and I took my mother-in-law through Houston to a tourist attraction in Galveston this summer. It occurred to me that a huuricane would do enomous damage to the all-glass office towers in Houston and that any storm that topped the seawall in Galveston would destroy Galveston. I am deeply sorry that I was right. May God bless the survivors.
Any rebuilding should be of extremely stout construction...deep foundations and reinforced concrete walls and roofs...if at all.
New Orleans should never have been built where it is...a city below sea level, surrounded by do not rebuild it and if they do rebuild it, don't live there.

Posted by Terry G September 17, 08 10:15 AM

Awfully judgmental and holier than thou, aren't you Jules?

Posted by Tom September 17, 08 10:17 AM

You still want to drill offshore after seeing that oil slick?? If so, you are voting for death for us all, every living creature on this planet. Now if that isn't a good Christian, Republican belief, then I don't know what is...

Posted by Bob September 17, 08 10:17 AM

Amazing images and we should not forget these are people's homes and communities they will need help rebuilding!

Posted by Gin September 17, 08 10:18 AM

Great photos, quite impressive. But I must also add that the media so easily overlooks South Louisiana's valuable and beautiful Terrebonne Parish as well as the surrounding areas. The coastal communities of South Louisiana are home to many hard working people and strong businesses that support this country. New Orleans is not the only city in Louisiana. Houma, Bourg, Chauvin, Montegut, Cocodrie, Dularge, Dulac, Larose, Lockport, Port Forchon and many others are home to these people that keep this country moving on the highways and keep your homes warm in the winter. These people also put food on your table and even sweeten your coffee and tea. It is easy for some to say, move, or suffer in silence. To these people I say WAKE UP. South Lousiana is not simply a plot of land (unprotected and sinking) it is HOME.

Posted by Robichaux September 17, 08 10:19 AM

I am praying for all those affected by Ike. However, it is a chice to build in a vunerable area. I was suddenly widowed 2 years ago and that devastation was NOT by choice.

Posted by Camilla September 17, 08 10:19 AM

As with Katrina the ripple effect of these Giant nightmares is felt and has an
effect on so many thousands across America that had family there that
they are trying to help.....I can not help but wonder how all our Big Cities would
survive these giant storms when it takes out miles and miles of family homes and jobs...including at times lives.
911 was felt all over america frightened us all and made us panic, sad, angry,
worried, and more..... but as tragic as it was and it was so overwhelming....
Imagine if it had covered 50 square miles. of New York....these storms cover hundreds of miles even inland. We all need to be prepared and plan ahead at least having ways to try to stay in contact with loved ones.We all are hoping this is the last of the these giant nightmares to hit any place.

Posted by p patterson September 17, 08 10:20 AM

WOW I couldn't image that massive mess. Thanks for the pictures.

Posted by Barbra Churchill September 17, 08 10:21 AM

Although Tornados are no fun it is times like this that I am thankful that I live in the mid west!

After reading through so many of these comments it is amazing to see the amount of hatred in the world today! I think most of it is just words. When it comes down to it I would bet that the folks in NOLA would open there arms to any of these victoms just as much as TX did for them. We all talk a big talk but I would like to think deep down inside we are all good people that would help when asked!

It is just unfortunate that it takes a natural disaster for all of us to come together.

God Bless! and Good Luck!

Posted by Eric September 17, 08 10:22 AM

May God Bless everyone that had to go through this crisis.... May God give you comfort, peace, and strenght! My prayers are with you in your time of need... That just lets everyone know that nothing is promised, it can be gone in a slip second.. May, this event bring us closer to God and teach us how to be more loving and kind to one another in this evil world... God is coming back sooner than we think, and we need to give our life to Christ, so when he returns, we won't be left behind... If you are not saved, pray and ask God to come into your life. It will be the best choice you will ever make!!! God Bless You!

Posted by Tonita September 17, 08 10:23 AM

May the Lord confort those people and give them peace, direction and strenght.

Posted by Catalina ESF September 17, 08 10:24 AM

May God Bless everyone that is affected by this storm, Gustav and any disaster of any kind. Miss., La., Fla., Al., and Texas were/are affected by many storms. I think we always pull together. I am sorry for the few who think all of La. are "river rats" We are a community that works very hard. Not everyone in La. is "lazy" Anyway my heart hurts for everyone affected and I will continue to pray for all, no matter what state you are from. Love and Prayers from Louisiana!
Remember you get oil and seafood from "river rats" (If you so chose to call us that) The river is wide and very long...

Posted by Marie~Louisiana and Proud of It! September 17, 08 10:25 AM

I live 150 miles inland from Galveston. Ike has destroyed communities that do not live on the coast. Hurricane force winds were felt this far inland. No power, food or gasoline in lots of these areas. These rural areas are really suffering. So many trees are down and on the power lines. Thanks go to the many out of state power companies for coming to help and the many volunteers. Keep us in your prayers.

Posted by Debbie September 17, 08 10:26 AM

Simply a very good coverage...........
May God bless all the victims...

Posted by klakshm September 17, 08 10:26 AM

My son, Jacob, and I went there about 3 or 4 years ago as we drove a rental car from Houston. We awed as a few areas of land was almost even.
Now, I am not even surprised.
People knew better as they all ought to leave their homes. Yes, it could cost them a lot of money to drive and find safe places to survive but lives are more important to preserve. They had a choice as they were willing to live there.
Next time, get out quickly.
You may have a good point as it happens once in a century approximately. People at California and other far western states may agree whenever an earthquake happens.

Posted by James Eckber September 17, 08 10:27 AM

For those who thought there was little or no media coverage, I'd like to let you know I was listening for much of the weekend to streaming CNN news, as they were able to contact people and get word out. The scope of the disaster drove the media to create channels specifically for the storm, and some of those are still in operation. I know it has fallen off in frontal appearance but there is still a lot of news about it. I read something more every day.
My heart goes out to all who for whatever reason were truly unable to move away from that path of destruction. Some did not have a place to go, money to go, were unable to move themselves---the list of issues is probably as numerous as the persons who risked their lives to stay.

Posted by K Lee September 17, 08 10:27 AM


Posted by ED GARNIER September 17, 08 10:28 AM

Looking at these pictures, I mean REALLY looking at them makes me cry . Look at God's work. "We should Count all our blessings". My Prayers go out to all the Familes. Please tell your loved ones that you love them daily , we may never know what tomorrow may bring. God Bless everyone!!!!!

Posted by JoAnne B. September 17, 08 10:28 AM

Unbelieveable! We are so fortunate to be living in the MidWest!

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 10:29 AM

Do you think the homeowner in pic #11 knows something about the Kerr Glass Manufacturing Plant and the Great 1906 Earthquake?

Posted by Tom Mooring September 17, 08 10:29 AM


Posted by Kitty in Florida September 17, 08 10:30 AM

People always have something negative to say about New Orleans people,but anywhere you go you will not find warm and kind people like us. How can we open a door we need opened ourselves. And to the person who made that comment ,I took in a family one week after coming from having to evacuate myself so what do you have to say about that. Our city still is not up to standards and we will never be the same. And we have always had an open door policy in New Orleans that's why people always come back. After the Texans treated us like we were nothing, now you can see the position we were in. I did not want to come to Texas but at that time we did not have many choices. Stop pointing fingers and just live your life and stop worring about others. Did you open your door to anyone from N.O.?

Posted by Stacey M. Dauzart September 17, 08 10:30 AM

My heart goes out to all those affected. Stay strong and never lose your faith. My prayers will be with you all! Shame on any of you for comparing Texas with Louisiana. Both states have had to deal with a trememdous amount of devastation. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could all unite and exude our efforts to helping our fellow Americans rather than degrading them.

Posted by CJ September 17, 08 10:31 AM


Posted by S. DECKARD----B.S. , TEXAS September 17, 08 10:31 AM

Although the pictures are upsetting, they are also beautifully done. Congratulations to a photographer who clearly is risking life and limb to record this part of our history. I live in tornado country...just because my barn has stood for over 100 years doesn't mean we are means we are due. I know if the officials came forward and told us to evacuate, we would get out...2 kids, four cats and dog in tow. I would hope we would have room for some of our 'things' but the bottom line is the safety of my family is more important than any of those 'things'. My thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by Ike and I wish you all the best as you rebuild.
Also, photos 1, 18 and 11 were the ones that touched me the most. I especially hate to see the animals stranded by the storm. My heart bleeds for those helpless animals left behind. I understand though...if it came down to kids or pets...well, there is no choice. I would kiss their furry heads goodbye and scoop up my babies and run.

Posted by pajamapa September 17, 08 10:31 AM

For those of you who are showing compassion, thanks, but as Texans, we just clean up and start again. With the exception of the loss of life, everything else can be replaced. The biggest issue at this point are the things we take for granted on a regular basis. Power, food, shelter, water. If you want to help, donate to the Red Cross in Texas. It's the best thing you can do. The people of Texas will stand up as they always have and get on with their lives....

Mas Trabajo has never stopped us before and it won't stop us now...

God Bless Texas and God Bless the United States of America...


Posted by Tim September 17, 08 10:31 AM

Chris H, post # 33; How dare you categorize an entire state and population of people in Louisiana as ;

"That's the key difference between Texas and Louisiana. Louisiana is a failed, pitiful excuse for a welfare state. Texans get their hands dirty".

Why must you feel the need to denegrate people like that. I grew up in Louisiana, and am very proud of that state. I now live in the Dallas area, after having lived in the Houston area. What has happened to the Texas Gulf Coast is truly a tragedy of huge proportions, and people from all surrounding states are pitching in to help.

And even though you make such idiotic comments such as that, I am willing to help you if you are in need.

Posted by Jeff B September 17, 08 10:33 AM

Wow, this should be a wake up call for us all that we are not in charge. While I sit in my dark apartment upset that I have no lights and that is all I have endured from this horrific storm; I realize I was blessed to only be in the dark. Now I can only pray for mercy and grace for those who lost their lives and are dealing with the devastation in Galveston, as well as those in Houston. These pictures made my heart feel the pain of it all. Oh Lord have mercy is all I can say! This takes my breathe away.

Posted by P. Bowie-Henry, Houston, Tx September 17, 08 10:33 AM

90% of the residents of Cincinnati lost power from the windy after-effects of Ike. I've suffered the "inconvenience" of being powerless for 3 days. I can't imagine living through the the real deal. My heart goes out to those devastated by the storm.

Posted by G Randall September 17, 08 10:33 AM

Ik vind het heel erg wat daar gebeurt is , en ik wens alle mensen die daar wonen heel veel sterkte toe

We will not forget you

Posted by diny de bie September 17, 08 10:34 AM

I am very disappointed with some of the rediculous and nonsense comments made. To some, they think its funny just to get some laughs. What a Moron! Now, lets turn the other way around and see how funny it is for you. Sympathy can't just solve the problems but help can. At time like this let us all chip in and open up your wallet.This is the Greatest and Reaches country on earth. If you could afford a 6 pack and cartoon of cigarettes, then why not spare a few cents. My heart goes to all those affected. Please be strong and move ahead. God Bless.

Posted by CHING FH September 17, 08 10:34 AM

My family prays for everyone that has been effected by the massive storm. You ALL are in our hearts and prayers. Ike went through my state (Kentucky) compared to these pictures we recieved minimal damages. My heart just sinks thinking of everyone this has touched. Love you all.....and God Bless please stay strong.

Posted by MauriciaS September 17, 08 10:34 AM

I truly sympathize for anyone that has to live through situations such as this. I was living in S. Central Texas when Rita hit the Texas Coast and saw first hand the amazing evacuation, even though it failed in many aspects. I too have noticed the differences between media coverage where it pertains to Katrina. I agree that NO is a jewel of the south, however, I'm disagreeable in how the media tends to selectively cover situations and they dang sure don't report on any positives associated with clean up and the feel good stories of how folks survived.

Here on the High Plains, where I now live, there is hardly a year that goes by where there's not some form of devastation due to our spring storms that bring large amounts of hail and tornadoes. 2 years ago, the City of Cactus had a tornado rip through the middle of town. It was on the local news, but did not make national news. That same night, a tornado hit part of Tulia. Tulia made national news, but the poor little town of Cactus was largely forgotten. The primary damage in Tulia was a shopping center and a car dealership. Cactus lost homes in large numbers and there was so much debris that US 287 had to be shut down.

Posted by Paul R. September 17, 08 10:34 AM

I live in Seabrook and thankfully our house was spared from the destruction. However, there are literally thousands of home that weren't as fortunate. So, here's the question, "Where are all the movie stars and celebrities"? Why isn't Sean Penn out looking for survivors and Susan Sarandon handing out ice and water to all the newly homeless people. Is it because we are a Republican state or that we just don't need their help. We take care of our own. Has everyone forgot what Houston did for so many Katrina victims/evacuees? Now is the time for those who can help, to help. A big thanks to all the electric crews, medical and rescue workers from all over the country that have come to help. God bless to all.

Posted by LCW September 17, 08 10:36 AM


Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 10:36 AM

I cried... how truly and sadly bewildering. Luckily God has a plan for all of us... May God bless in this time of certain chaos.

Posted by Patrice September 17, 08 10:37 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was effected by this storm.
I found the photos very touching and amazing.
I can understand fully how one could be mistified afterwards. I have seen and dealt with many different types of disasters; typhones, earthquakes, home fires, tornados, volcanoes and hurricanes. I have even seen the aftermaths of these storms. Each, no matter what the storm type, can cause a major change in ones live. Keep the faith, no matter what your faith is, and be strong. Take each day, one at a time and as each day passes, life will continue to go on. For each of you out there that has been touched by a disaster, GOD Bless. For each of you out there that has lost a love one, my symphathy goes out to you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by CE September 17, 08 10:38 AM

These pictures should be a reminder to us all of just how much we take things for granted. These people a probably never imagined that they would lose so much in such a short period of time. Set yourselves aside for a moment and just imagine what each of them is going through. Pray for them as you would hope someone would pray for you if you were in that situation.

Posted by Tavares P. September 17, 08 10:38 AM

Such is just amazing how destructive wind and water can be. May God have mercy on us all!

Posted by Monique September 17, 08 10:39 AM

Hey Robichaux!

Well spoken! Er, written! South Louisiana is one of the major producers, growers, manufacturers, processors of sugar - raw and refined. Together, Texas and Louisiana work to get fuel to the rest of the country through our offshore rigs, pipelines, roads, etc...

To those of you who feel the Big Easy isn't worth rebuilding, shame on you! Don't be so judgmental; one day, you won't be sitting in the seat of judgment but in the seat of the victim like ALL who are affected by natural disasters; no matter what they are or where they occur.

NO part of the country is excluded from natural disaster. Midwest has tornadoes and flooding. West Coast has earthquakes and wildfires and droughts. The North and East Coast endure harsh winters.

After Katrina and with Ike headed in, I was very surprised that people in the most affected areas of the Louisiana Gulf Coast and the Galveston area would stay. I'm sorry they did and hope they won't stay again. It's a hard lesson to learn.

The critics are entitled to their opinions.

But then again, some of them may not be from the South and never learned proper manners - if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.

Posted by BlueEyedGem September 17, 08 10:40 AM

I live in North Texas but my brother lives in North Houston and my nephew lives in Channel View. They both listen to the warning and came back home. My brother left from north Texas on Monday morning to see his roof missing in places tresss down, fence gone, no power, and lots of water damage in side his house. My nephew is still here in North Texas with us because he still does not have any electricity, but his work is calling telling him to come back to work. What I don't understand is why did people on the coast not listen to the warning. For the people that stand down there it is hard for other people to feel sorry for you. You always can rebuild your house but you cannot rebuild a human life. God bless each and everyone of you, our heart and prayer are with you. Priase God my family listen to the warnings.

Posted by Angela a loving sister September 17, 08 10:40 AM

In March, my son and I took a few days after a Houston conference to explore the Texas coast and the Galveston area where I spent vacation time when I was attending UT- Austin. These photos made both of us draw a deep breath! Our hearts go out to the people of Southeast Texas, Southwest Louisiana and the Texas Gulf Coast.

No matter what man creates - we can only dream of taming the power of nature - be the result good or ill!

Posted by Van and Christopher Phillips September 17, 08 10:40 AM

#586 I have to totally agree with you. I live in Southwest Louisiana - Lake Charles. Cameron Parish once again was totally flooded. People can not even get in the parish to check on their homes. Of course, no media to show the pictures of our area. We will continue to stick together and make it through - just like we did for Rita. We should not be associated with New Orleans. We always call Rita the forgotten hurricane - because all eyes were still on Katrina. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in need right now. We will come back stronger than ever just like we did before --- it will just take time.

Posted by Louisiana Native September 17, 08 10:40 AM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers!!! May God bless you and help you through this hard time.

Posted by Robbye H. September 17, 08 10:40 AM

unbelivable pic's... god bless those people who suffer the davistation of ike

Posted by tr September 17, 08 10:41 AM

Cant wait to get back to Orange Tx. We WILL Survive and We WILL Overcome.

Posted by Bruce Waits September 17, 08 10:43 AM

I am so sorry for all of those who lost a love one and their personal belongings. We never know one day to another. My heart and prayers are with you. I would like to think someone would feel the same if I were in your shoes. Love be with you.

Posted by Dee September 17, 08 10:44 AM

I can't believe some of these people are saying that these photos are beautiful! You people should be assamed of yourselves, I see nothing beautiful about those photos! They are pure destruction and people have lost thier homes, but thats art right?

Posted by neill graves September 17, 08 10:45 AM

Thank you to show these wonderful pictures in their horror !
Here in Belgium, we still do not realize the devastating effect of hurricanes. I thought with the victims. The force of nature scares.
(Excuse my English).

Posted by Jacques (Belgium) September 17, 08 10:46 AM

Chris H (#33) - Not all of Louisiana is like that. I was born and raised on the Northshore, just north of New Orleans. Our communities did not wait around for the government to do it for us. The city of New Orleans, unfortunately, is a different story. Some of the residents of New Orleans have become too dependant on the government and the Welfare State constructed by the Democrats.
Please, don't lump all of Louisiana as Welfare State dependants.
As far as Louisiana helping, I guess we are trying, but we are recovering from Gustav. Don't think we don't understand or care.

Posted by Sal D September 17, 08 10:47 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to those in the path of Ike. As a volunteer for both Katrina and Rita relief in 2005 I stand willing and ready to go and help in any way. I was federally deployed for Rita for 2 weeks and went with my church for another 2 weeks to the Gulfport area. I will never forget the faces of the people we helped and the gratitude extended for what little we could do. EVERYONE should volunteer if able--it sure changes your focus, makes you grateful for what you have.
A favorite author of mine -Phillip Yancey -states:
"The kingdom of suffering is a democracy, and we all stand in it , or along side it with nothing but our naked humanity...All of us have the same capacity to help."
I am waiting to be deployed again, and hopefully I will be given another
opportunity to help.

Posted by MaryPat Acquaviva September 17, 08 10:47 AM

I live just 2 hrs north of Houston and we did recieve minor damage, but the total devastation of this storm is unreal. I wonder if they were able to get those animals that were there? The one thing that i can tell every one is that Texas will recover and band together to get this cleaned up. I do not play the blame game and i know that if other towns and citys were able to help they would. These pictures were so amazing and unbelievable to actually see what a hurricane can do.

Posted by Tina Beshirs, Groesbeck Tx. September 17, 08 10:48 AM

to Jenni @ 861. I sympathize with you folks in Alabama and Mississippi more so than those of NO. The happenings at NO were primarily from failure on the local Gov't and due to those failures, the Fed Gov't focused on them without giving you folks appropriate attention to your needs. There were a lot of failures associated with Katrina, which in amazes me at times. You'd think that we'd have a better response after what happened to Florida due to Andrew. Of course, I don't recall Andrew getting as much media coverage as NO did. I really believe that the media played it up on NO and that the local gov'ts played on the media as a result.

My comments aren't intended to be disrespectful to you folks in NO and LA. That's just my summation of the happenings associated with Katrina and I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't there. But, I did notice huge differences between Katrina and Rita and was actually part of the state run assistance program for Rita. We spent a solid week making every attempt to get in touch with local authorities of the affected areas of SE Texas and getting the requests for equipment to the Governors office to get the equipment moved in by the Guard units that were dispatched to those areas. Agreeably, this was post Katrina, but we did the same thing on previous accounts.

Posted by Paul R. September 17, 08 10:48 AM

My heart goes out to theses folk who have lost everything. I worked katrina & rita and saw distruction. but this is devistating

Posted by don gaither September 17, 08 10:50 AM

God Bless You All....!

Posted by Edda A. Quinones September 17, 08 10:50 AM

I just want everyone to know that I am praying for all the people who live in and around the area. We go to Galveston about 4 times a year and I just can't believe the devastation and what the people will have to face when they come home. We love Galveston and are just heart broken when we look at the pictures of everything that isn't there anymore that we used to visit. God bless all of the people who are working to clean up the mess. A special thank you to the fire, police and everyone else that works so many hours to search for the people trapped and for risking your lives to keep us safe everyday.

Posted by Joni September 17, 08 10:51 AM

My heart goes out to everyone in Texas! I am a resident in Gulfport, MS but originally from New Orleans! We've (N'awlians) spent most of our lives dealing with flooding in New Orleans but nothing can ever compare to Katrina! Looking at these photos brings back alot of pain and heartache! I can relate! I can remember! I can respond! we can rebuild! But we will never be able to DISREGARD what mother nature has put in our paths! Alot of people lost everything that they have ever known to life! I was blessed to be one of the lucky ones! (i might not be as lucky the next time) I send out my love, compassion, and my prayers to everyone in the US and other Countries that was effected!

Posted by Kim Butler September 17, 08 10:51 AM

Remember the God

Posted by Rak September 17, 08 10:51 AM

Ditto #87!!!! It's right under our nose! Can't everyone see it??!!!! Make peace with your maker!!!

Posted by T September 17, 08 10:51 AM

My heart goes out to all those who endured the Ike Hurricane and prayers are with you and family pets those who had no homes to begin with and those animales who had no homes God bless and keep your faith in God

Posted by alveta ferguson September 17, 08 10:52 AM

To # 861 Jennie, I too live and work on the MS Gulf Coast and have for 25 years. I endured hurricanes Fredrick, Elana, Georges, and all in between AND my family and I survived Katrina. As you know, we on the Coast are still dealing with the effects of Katrina. From the physical to the emotional to the financial effects, we may never fully recover. People see pictures like these but they can not truly grasp and understand the devestation and the far-reaching effects disasters such as Ike and Katrina can have unless they have lived it. My heart goes out to each and every one of you who, unfortunately can now better understand what we on the MS Coast went through. And please allow me one piece of unsolicited not wait for the governement to help you. Roll up your sleeves, help yourself and help your neighbors and you will be fine.

Posted by Lisa September 17, 08 10:53 AM

I live on the Mississippi Coast. 3 miles to the east of Biloxi to be exact. I have also lived through the conditions shown on those photos. Hurricane Katrina washed and blew everything away for miles and miles along the Gulf Coast in August of 2005. Today it has all been cleaned up but there is nothing left. Empty lots are all that is left where beautiful waterfront mansions use to exist. These folks will now get FEMA trailers to live in. Boy that brings back memories. It is not much fun decorating a FEMA trailer for the holiday season and forget about putting up a tree. No room for that.The insurance companies are not going to want to pay. My heart goes out to all these people. I have already donated to the Red Cross.

Posted by David Franklin September 17, 08 10:53 AM

Wow, amazing pictures.....they seem to speak to you!

Posted by Tim Town September 17, 08 10:54 AM

This is really sad, it brought tears to my eyes for the people and there families. I pray that one day they will have everything back in order for them. May the LORD be with them and protect them, and comfort them.

Posted by Tree September 17, 08 10:56 AM

This is awful.......God Bless You All......

Posted by Kimberly September 17, 08 10:58 AM

These photos are very touching. The resolution gives a feeling you are there at the scene. My heart goes out to the victims of hurrican IKE. America needs to wake up and get closer to GOD. We can't run from the wrath of GOD when unleashed. America has suffered quite some natural dissasters in the past few years and taking GOD out of our daily activities doen't help the issue. Lives and properties are lost in the process. We need prayers to prevent such occurrences.

Posted by Kenny Gee September 17, 08 10:58 AM

The pictures tell only part of the story that the residents are going through. With 90 (+/-) degree temperatures in HIGH humidity, it is hard to breathe at times. Add to that the smell of rotting flesh from critters that drowned and from the contents of refrigerators and freezers that have been opened and tossed and you fully understand what the term "standing up-wind" means. It has been 38 years since Celia hit the Corpus Christi area but I REMEMBER.

Posted by Evelyn September 17, 08 10:58 AM


Posted by ALMA WILLIAMS September 17, 08 10:58 AM

We will survive. We will rebuild. Galvestonians are a strong tight knit community. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who suffered losses.

Be strong and Trust in God!

Mark C. BOI

Posted by Mark Cridland September 17, 08 10:59 AM

If you have ever lived in a place close to the coast, you would understand why people choose to live there. These people know the dangers of living by the water but want to enjoy the awesome beauty of nature. My husband and I moved to Houston 7 years ago and had the choice of living on the north side or in the League City area. We choose by the water. I am lucky enough to travel across the Kemah bridge daily for work, and each and EVERY day as I look over Galveston Bay I thank God for blessing us to live in such an amazing place. We were lucky enough to not have any damage to our home but please send thoughts and prayers to those affected in our community. The damage is so much worse than the pictures can convey.

Posted by Melissa September 17, 08 10:59 AM

Whats really sad that this is all wriiten in the Bible this is the signs of the times and we are living in our last days... Its just acutally happening and yet we all I have read it in revelations. My prayers and sympathy goes out to all the victims and families of all this destruction.

Posted by Angel Cason- Dallas, TX September 17, 08 11:01 AM

We are all God's children, let him come and embrace us all.

Posted by Pia Warshaw September 17, 08 11:01 AM

As a Canadian we are usually not greatly affected by hurricanes, however every time a huricane threatens the southern US, our hearts and prayers go out to those in the affected areas.

Posted by D. Seymour September 17, 08 11:01 AM

Wonderful collection of pictures. Great blog, too.

Posted by DrSeuss September 17, 08 11:02 AM

I am praying for you all in this storm!!!! I know God is with you all and he will see you threw!!!

Posted by Linda Gentry/Tennessee September 17, 08 11:02 AM

Everyone is in my prayers!

Posted by Shallon September 17, 08 11:03 AM

Numger 3 is hilarious :D talkin' 'bout irony :D
But number 20 is freaking disgusting! Hate those freaking spooks!

Posted by Mark September 17, 08 11:04 AM

I lost everything in 1987 and had nothing but a few clothes. I didn't complain. I had a job to go back to and started going to garage sales to buy second hand furniture until I had enough money to buy the things I needed. It did not take me 3-4 years like the residents of New Orleans. By that time, I had a house to live in and furniture altho not new.
You have to move forward and not expect the government to do everything for you.

Posted by Judy Adams September 17, 08 11:04 AM

I have always visited and stayed on Galveston Island and Boulivar Peninsula. Everything is gone as we have always known it. My sister did her medical schooling at UTMB in Galveston and her residency as well. We have been traveling to Galvestion all of our lives and I'm 43 years old. This devistation only reminds me of how bad it much have been and still is for New Orleans and Louisiana, Florida - ALWAYS in the path of the HORRIFIC storms....Pray for all our lost souls and recover...

Posted by Donya Smith September 17, 08 11:05 AM

Instead of placing blame and criticizing these people, why don't we all chip in and help. The Red cross could use all the financial help it can get. It is always there to help in any disaster, all across the country and is currently doing so.

As for the Tx/LA fued. There is none here folks. I am a Texan living in the Houston area. We all do the best we can and help wherever we are needed. That is the focus. It is never going to be a perfect scenario.

Don't Hate, Help!

Posted by Craftyone September 17, 08 11:05 AM

Type your comment here...
The know it all that blames this on global warming needs to do a little research before making coments blaming this very average hurricane on global warming.
Was global Warming an issue in the early 1900's when Galveston was destroyed by a much larger Hurricane? NO! The fact is more people live in the Houston area these days so more people were affected. Not to mention that the media sends out fantastic pictures to make us much more aware.

Posted by Eric Anderson September 17, 08 11:05 AM

My heart goes out to all touched by this act of nature pleAse be stong you can rebuild you can come back from this many have.

Posted by Mr.Brummett September 17, 08 11:05 AM

so sad i feel sorry for the victims of hurricane Ike, devastating, i live in Colombia S.A and fortunately here we've never suffered a situation like that one, and putting myself in those peoples' shoes i'd think they must feel really frustrated and vulnerable and specially helpless knowing that what they built in the pass is now gone and that they would have (probably or for sure) start all over again.. from the very beginning because want it or not life goes on and we have to keep on moving.

Posted by Lina Garcia September 17, 08 11:06 AM

My first cousins live in Texas City and still have no power. One works for UTMB in Galveston. They did suffer some damage but thank God minor compared to the rest in Galveston. My heart goes out to these people to say the least. I pray our Government gets off their butts and helps this time not like Katrina. My niece lives in Houston and got power back the next day thanks to the electrical crews. These picture are awesome but how very sad. Yes Texans are pretty tough people, but they are still people. I hope the pets are with their owners..

Posted by Dorothy September 17, 08 11:06 AM

Great photos...very touching....I had tears in my eyes when I saw the cat in the tree and the caskets from the cemetery. My prayers go out to all that have suffered in this horrible event and pray your lives get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Posted by Chavonne (Irving, TX) September 17, 08 11:07 AM

Heartfelt condolences to those left in the path of Ike's destruction. Devestation transcends region, ethnicity, nationality and religion. So too does the assistance we can offer.

Please note the links in post 216 ( and 713 ( ) as well as things like:
The McCormick Foundation -
The Austin Food Bank donation page (they're sending food to the area)- with further information here:
Direct Relief.Org:

Find a way and help.

Posted by David September 17, 08 11:07 AM

#919 Excellent Post
Hollywood Libs hate Texas. They say we are all about Guns, God, and Church. Even though I consider that a compliment, you know if Sean Penn or Alec Baldwin came down here running their mouths about some whacked out leftist beliefs somebody would just whip their ass and throw them out or under a big ol Cat clearing debris. We will survive this too. God I love Texas more now than ever. This mess is no worse than what Sherman did to Atlanta. Screw Em!

Posted by Proud as hell of the Republic of Texas September 17, 08 11:09 AM

I had no Idea the devistation that took place in Houston, why isn't the media doing there job by showing these pix? I guess they would rather show crap like Britney or the things that are less important in there eyes? My heart goes out to all the people in Texas and Louisiana, I hope the goverment proceeds with help right away. God Bless all of you!!!

Posted by Shellie September 17, 08 11:09 AM

Wow, wow, wow... these are some great pictures. But when I think of all the people went thru, losing their homes, personal things and much more. It brings it to my attention that somewhere the ball got dropped in the communities. On the news I saw people that had stores and such throwing things in the trash. What a waste. They pretty much knew that Ike was approaching ahead of time why not distribute all the stuff to the shelters and people that were going to be in need ot it. They got an F on that test. The one house pic #11 uuuummm, total shock to me. I pray that all goes well with the families and that FEMA or whoever handles these cases will do it in such a Godly manner. People don't need us feeling down on them, show love and help them. This whole thing was an act of God and He will never leave us. There are no big I's and little u's, this could have happened anywhere. Be Blessed!

Posted by Nikki M September 17, 08 11:10 AM

My Heart and prayers go out to all who have been effected by this. God be with you all.

Posted by Stacey Rudd September 17, 08 11:10 AM

Hurricanes Gustav & Ike were both very strong and damaging storms. We should be thankful for our lives, things can be replaced. If everyone pulls together to help each other in these times of need, it makes life easier for that other person. God would want us to. This might be one of our tests.

Posted by Kimbel September 17, 08 11:10 AM


I live in San Antonio, and we help anyone.

My prayers are with all who have suffered loss; and I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for life, and the ability to help others.

Posted by Delma September 17, 08 11:11 AM

Our heart goes out to our friends and neighbors during this terrible time.
George and CArmen ............San Angelo, Texas

Posted by George Butterfield September 17, 08 11:11 AM

Here we are paying for the saving of Iraq ,and now we have to pay for all this damage. Sometimes life is just not fair. May God bless all the people involved in this tragedity. Galveston was always so beautiful and relaxing; me and my family spent many many days on this island during vacations. We loved to go there. There is no way it can be replaced in my life time. I am 72 yrs old and we were thinking about visiting there this month. So Sorry.

Posted by M.E. Musgrove September 17, 08 11:12 AM

God Bless those who were affected. Its really sad that people can be so rude and heartless.

Posted by TLMiller September 17, 08 11:13 AM

These photos are incredible! In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine how overwhelmed those whose homes were destroyed by the hurricane must feel right now. I can only say that you're in my prayers and I wish you strength to overcome. I know that Americans come together at times like these and I know that many, including myself, will make a donation to the Red Cross to help assist your recovery efforts.

Posted by Brenda September 17, 08 11:13 AM

Working long hours in support of the hurricane operations truly is worthy when you see what they victims go thru, thank you to everyone who worked long hours away from their families.

Posted by David September 17, 08 11:13 AM

Did anyone hear if the Houston SPCA got hit hard?I love to watch the Animal Planet show with Animal Cops Houston who rescues thousands of animals a year.Seeing the horse and the cat reminded me about that organization and I hope and pray that they are ok too.I will continue to pray and think about all the families that have been hit by this Hurricane!!

Posted by Flagal30 September 17, 08 11:13 AM

Everybody seems to be "toutched" by the picture # 11, just imagine how the people that live in Galveston feel, they have not been able to return home yet and they are seeing the destruction for the first time through a photo! My heart goes out to all...

Posted by Miabuktao September 17, 08 11:14 AM

My prayers are with the folks in the stricken areas.

Posted by Kathy Clark September 17, 08 11:15 AM

I couldn't read all 900 posts but I hope someone mentioned loss of wetlands to development as a cost that we taxpayers will have to bear. #11 is a perfect example, houses should have never been built there. Look at the lawn next to the only house left standing and the trees/vegetation notice the sand is still under them... Why would the vegetation stay and all the house go? I think society should get the hint. Let the salt flats and marsh areas be just that and don't build there... just visit.

Posted by Jennifer September 17, 08 11:15 AM

I have lived in Louisiana all of my life, 40 plus yrs.! I have previously lost a home to a Hurricane .... I feel (although critiqued by co-workers and even my boss for leaving for Gustav), the evacuation plans for these storms, Ike & Gustav were handled in the BEST manner ever! As anyone and all of you can see by these photos the devastation these storms can bring, even prior to the storm arriving. Taking precautions to keep yourself and your family safe is by far the best measure. A few days or even weeks of discomfort from leaving home is like a minute of time compared to your life!
My heart and tears go out to all, as I know the feeling all too well. Their lives will never be the same again.
My prays go out to all of them.

Posted by EF September 17, 08 11:15 AM

My heart and prayers go out to all that were effected by the hurricane, may God give them strenght during this difficult time!

Posted by marie matias September 17, 08 11:15 AM

The oil slick should provide a warning to those of us in Florida who think we can put oil rigs off our coast...what would be any different here? If we ruin our coast line we can ruin our tourist many make their living from tourism? And what do you think will happen to the coral reefs off our coast?

I just can't believe we never learn to protect our resources. We always go for the quick fix...the short term...and unfortunately we will all pay for it!

Posted by S. Kichler September 17, 08 11:16 AM

Natural disasters are a part of normal life. Here in Mississippi we have tornadoes and hurricanes. We even get the odd earthquake once in a while. Sometimes we get coverage on the national news, but most of the time we don't. That's okay. Many thanks to the good folks from elsewhere in the United States who have come here to help us rebuild and reclaim what was destroyed or lost . I am sure the folks of Texas affected by Hurricane Ike will find out, like we did, about the goodness and generosity of most people in the U.S. And we didn't whine or beg like the folks of a certain city did during a previous hurricane. You know who you are. And for the folks who blame the president for the are idiots!

Posted by Janis September 17, 08 11:16 AM

Why is it that catastrophies like these bring out the worst in some people? They take opportunities like these to critisize governments, religious beliefs, and human beings in general. There are natural disasters all over this country and the world and there is not much we can do about it. There are maybe five places in the US free from natural disasters and we can't all cram into those five places. There are blizzards, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, volcanos, tornados, droughts, sand storms, etc. that may affect one or all of us one day and we may need a little help. I am a life-long resident of Southwest Louisiana and I have seen a lot of destruction (both of structures and of lives) in my life. I, personally, have been spared from any losses and have been able to help others in need. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Whatever your religious beliefs are...keep these people in your thoughts, prayers, or however you choose to keep them.

Posted by Amanda September 17, 08 11:17 AM

Outstanding photojournalism.

Posted by Romelle September 17, 08 11:18 AM

Until you go through something as devastating as Katrina and Ike, you shouldn't have a comment speaking on what people should do. This isn't something we can wave a stick at and say go away come back another day. This is real and it's very heart breaking. Many people are without more than electricity. Many people will not have jobs to go back to after all this is over, and are without paychecks as we speak. Those of us in other areas of Texas are helping and aiding in any way we can. So if you are not trying to help in some kind of way then you shouldn't be making such negative comments. What happened to embrassing and loving each other through heart breaking times? The negative comments are sickening. Just look at the pictures then put yourself on the roof of the only house still standing with helplessness. That's how we feel here in Texas. When one part suffers we all suffer. I am a native Houstonian and have been through Alicia, Allison, and Katrina!!! We love our LA neighbors.

Posted by KTW September 17, 08 11:21 AM

Thanks god their were not a large amount of deaths. Material things can be replaced but loved ones can not. Life is to short to worry about all the debri, lets love one another like we have never loved before. Remember to stop and smell the roses and reach out and touch someone.
May God bless those whom lost their life during the terrible storm. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Vickey Woosley September 17, 08 11:22 AM

FOR # 33 CHRIS H.:
I do not understand how people can have so much hate for people in certain situations. My family was affected here in Louisiana and also my family in Texas. We are not looking for a handout and we are not crying about it to the media. They are certain people who do look for handouts, but it is not the whole state of Louisiana. New Orleans does have high poverty rate, but Louisiana is not just a welfare state! I live in southeast Louisiana about 40 minutes away from New Orleans and we do have people here who do for themselves. So start having compassion for people instead of being a ignorant self-centered person.

Posted by Amy September 17, 08 11:22 AM

What I don't understand is: Why does the government have to bail everyone out those whom live and rebuild in these types of areas? Why do the insurance companies put up with it? The rest of the world has to cover the cost of those rising premiums. City of New Braunfels stopped the building on the Guadalupe River after the 3 times the same home owner rebuilt.
New Orleans, hellllooo here is your sign. You live below sea level, so how in the hell do you think you can keep a massieve ocean back? Just like CA you build on the mountain side remove all the natural imprevious coverage, so what do you think is going to happen? .
Like the Mighty Mississippi flooding. You build in the flood areas trying to change the natural flow of the river, well sooner or later that river is going to reclaim which is rightfully her's.
Then you hear the evacuies saying on National TV, well I am not staying in a shelter since I don't have running water. I don't have a tooth brush, I am not sleeping on a cot. Such ungratefulness is mind bogleing.
The govenment shouldn't have to bail out stupidness and the city greed to keep building in areas that shouldn't be in the first place as that gives them more taxes to collect
I am sorry many lost homes and for the sturggles they face.
Come on America Wake up.

Posted by concerned September 17, 08 11:22 AM

No matter how much power man thinks he has, it is times like this when we see who holds the real power. Only God could do something so devastating and so beautiful at the same time.

Posted by Wanda C September 17, 08 11:23 AM

god bless everyone of these people and i hope them the best

Posted by amer hosch September 17, 08 11:24 AM

It makes me sad to see how many people have been affected by the storm. My prays go out to all the families who have lost their home and to all the people who has lost a loved one.

Alex J Alameda

Posted by Alex J Alameda September 17, 08 11:24 AM

The pics truly show the devastation that Ike visited upon the Gulf Coast, I didn't have time or inclination to read all comments but would like to let people know that not all of Louisiana residents sit & cry to the government to help them. The national news seems to forget that Louisiana has a coast line that was almost totally obliterated by Ike, but then again they forgot about our coast line during Rita also. Small communities between Galveston, Houston and New Orleans REALLY did exist, but their demise has not been reported in the news. Try to find Cameron, Big Lake, Hackberry or Johnson's Bayou now. Yes I live down here off the Gulf but far enough inland to not experience any damage. The surge reached into our community and people living off of Bayou's had 6 - 8 feet of water in their houses also. Why do we live here? Come visit, meet our people, see the beautiful country we call home. Don't judge us by what you see on National News, they don't even acknowledge this portion of coast line exists. Besides, we could live in parts of the country that we hate 365 days a year, or have to evacuate or rebuild every 3 - 4 years, or perhaps every forty years--I'll take the evacuations.

Posted by Cyndee September 17, 08 11:24 AM

Regarding the comments about art: the goal of art, if any, is to convey a greater truth through a smaller truth, or even artifice. When an actor or actress cries on screen, they are not really suffering, but their artistry is capable of moving us. In the same way, a single photos, or even a couple of dozen, maybe even hundreds, cannot hope to encompass the immensity of material and emotional effects that natural (or man-made) disasters have on the world and its people. Bottom line: if it moves you and is representational, rather than actual, then it is art; if you want the real deal, then go there and get the whole 360º view.

On the subject of shot #11; a similarly shocking counterpoint is #13, where the detritus of homes lost in #11 could have ended up... Can't make it all simply vanish, just move is somewhere else. For touching, I think that #28 - the last - says more than all the rest; this is where our humanity lies, and how we must best take care of each other.

Don't applaud; just throw money...but, seriously, give whatever you can...and hope that the rebuild does a better job of leaving people prepared for these storms; there will be plenty more to come...

Posted by CapDan September 17, 08 11:25 AM

We are all Americans First...and these hurricanes are all tragedies. I am a Texan husband is from Louisiana and would be the last person to ask for help....he is a hard worker and gets things accomplished, My point is that all of us must ask for help at some time in our lives and it is wonderful to know that help will come in the form of an outstretched hand from a neighbor or a stranger. Why do we name call and lash out at one another? Is this how devisive we have become in the past few years? God Bless everyone affected by these storms and help us to look at our own behavior and into our hearts before lashing out at matter who it is.

Posted by S. Hepler September 17, 08 11:25 AM

the single house on the wiped clean land and the house surrounded by wood debris are so powerful. Just a reminder of how easy it is for mother nature to wipe us off the face of the earth if she wants.

Posted by Tim McGrew September 17, 08 11:26 AM


Posted by LaTisha Easley September 17, 08 11:26 AM

I am from Louisiana, right between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and our little town got hit really hard from Gustav. I had never seen it damamged that much, not even from Katrina. SO I know what you all are going thru, and I pray God blesses you all, those from Texas AND Louisiana. Some places in South Louisiana still do not have power and some people have lost their homes and belongings.
I had damage to my home, but it is still livable till we can fix it, I just have a big blue tarp over it. My neighbor's roof flew off and she lost EVERYTHING!
So before all of you who keep bashing Louisiana, please keep in mind we just went thru a Hurricane 2 weeks ago, and are still having to get things fixed.
Also, we DO GET OUR HANDS DIRTY! Everyone one in my neighborhood has been cutting down trees, helping people with their roofs, feeding others, sheltering people with out power, etc... And then Ike came thru and backed most people up and even caused more damage in South Louisiana. I am tired of people talking bad about New Orleans and Louisiana! It's funny how something like that happens and then everyone is an expert on how to prepare for Hurricanes. But it seems to me a lot of people in Texas didn't evacuate like they should have, but they aren't getting slammed like New Orleans did! We should all be in this together, helping each other, no matter our race, gender, location.
We are all human and can't help that a Natural Disater comes in and changes peoples lives. And for those of you who are always commenting on why would you live there..well I live here because this is where I was born and this is where all of my family is, and I may not be on the water, I am a little more inland, but we still got hammered. Where would you like me to live? Please send me some money to move me and my WHOLE family and we might just do that! I wouldn't like it though, there is no place like home, and this is MINE!

God bless everyone who has to deal with any kind of Natural Disaster. And God please take care of the Texans and Louisianians during this time of need.

Posted by Jeanie September 17, 08 11:27 AM

Let us also remember that over 800 people died in Haiti because of this storm. They need our support as well...

Posted by Stephanie September 17, 08 11:28 AM

I grew up in this area.... played on Galveston Beach many times as a child. It's very difficult to look at these pictures now. God Bless the victims, some of which are my family.

Posted by Joetta Giddens September 17, 08 11:28 AM

WOW - The only thing I want to do is pack up, head down and help clean up. I am a Texas resident and my heart goes out to everyone down there!

Yes, people had their homes on a barrier island, yes, they lived on the coast. So be it...Nature happens. Does that mean that if you lose your home, property while living in the tornado belt, that you deserve it? Or what about on the west coast - do you deserve the earthquakes? or the devastation of wildfires. There are dangerous things no matter where you live. Don't judge based on that reason alone. I do agree with the evacuation orders, if you are ordered to evacuate and you do not, then you and you alone should pay for the consequences of that decision.

Posted by Heather September 17, 08 11:29 AM

My heart and prayers go out to the victims of hurricane Ike. I have never suffered that kind of destruction and I know it has to be unbelievable. Although, I would like to make a point about a statement under one of your photos. Yes, Katrina did devastate the city of New Orleans but, we often forget the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I have many friends who lost everything they owned. It may not have been as densely populated as New Orleans it was a very vast area that was hit all the way down our coast line. For some reason Mississippi seems to be forgotten when talking about Katrina. Thanks!

Posted by Michelle September 17, 08 11:29 AM

The strong people get stronger , the power of a hurrican makes us feel weak ,
We survive by being strong to help the people (victims) of the force of nature.
We tend to see the bad before we see the good of this. We will survive this and make are houses all over again . It is the power of nature.

Posted by Eric Ogle September 17, 08 11:30 AM

c'est impressionnant !! dans mon ile ( Corse) en France, on est loin d'imaginer autant de desespoir et de degats a chaque nouvel ouragan...ces photos sont terribles mais tellement parlantes...j'ai une pensée pour toutes les victimes de cette catastrophe naturelle. ne peux vous dire que ca !!

Posted by Sylvie, France September 17, 08 11:31 AM

What a powerful force Mother Nature is!
My heart goes out to all victims of IKE. It is not fair to compare " Katrina" to Ike. They were two very terrible events that affected thousands of people. It is not the time not the forum to discuss the existence of God or not. ( I believe in God, sorry for those who don't. Be happy and live a happy life. wherever you are!) It is time to do something for those who lost their homes, their lives or their way of life. Let's go out and volunteer to rebuild or help with money if that's what it takes. Thanks to all people from countries far and close. We need your prayers and your concern. God bless.

Posted by Carolina September 17, 08 11:31 AM

Amazing Pictures.. VERY TOUCHING.

Posted by Desirae Fontenot September 17, 08 11:33 AM

Very sad. Even sadder if people don't learn and move inland. It will happen again. A recent article on Yahoo discussed that so many more people move to coastlines where it is documented that these wipeout and damage happen. I resent having to pay higher insurance premiums. Isn't the problem compounded by overpopulation in general? What should we do about it?

Posted by Diane September 17, 08 11:35 AM

For anyone concerned about the horse in #1...Help is coming!! The HoustonSPCA was hit pretty hard. I am in Washington County ,NW of Houston. I am with an animal rescue here. Thank God we missed the worst of Ike. People from all over the affected area are coming here for feul, food etc. as we did not lose power to the extent that the Hou/Galveston area did. Our rescue is holding a drive for supplies for the HSPCA and will be going down to assist where needed. They need virtually EVERYTHING, pet food, bedding, medical supplies, batteries,hay, feed etc. True Blue Animal Rescue is a Non-Profit rescue and ALL donations will go 100% to help the animal victims of IKE and the HSPCA. You can make monetary donations to the HSPCA at their website or to T-BAR via paypal at T-BAR.ORG. We will be leaving Friday morning and staying as long as we are needed.

Posted by Teresa September 17, 08 11:36 AM

Take a close look at pic #25 GOD BLESS OUR EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERES!!!!!! They have been working 7 to 10 days without a day off.. Preparing before the storm, monitoring throughout the storm, serving during the storm, And now, continuing to work with no days off during the aftermath and through the recovery.. These workers also have homes & families that they have to put on hold to provide their services to others, when they too have damage to their homes and no electricity and worse. This may be a service that they have chosen and it takes a tremendously incredible person to do such; endless hours of stress, seeing and hearing devastating tales of horrendous tramatic events, even feeling helpless at times when they can't save that life, or comfort the loved one, or repair one's home, or just make it all better... And then there are those people who have been fortunate enough to have little or no damage to their homes, no loss of utilities or at least prompt recovery, no trees through their roof, no flooding, no 12 ft surge in their house, no injuries, no loss of life of friends or family... HOWEVER have more complaints than those that have sustained such trauma. PLEASE DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOURS, MINE, AND OUR EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERS. Don't be rude and disgruntled with them because you stubbed your toe jumping over a water puddle, or there is a tree down in the back yard (with no threat to life), or the neighbors generator is too loud, or you have to stay home a few days because you can't get gasoline, or you broke a sweat because your electricity is off and you have never been without an air conditioner your entire life, or because you can't get Starbucks because it's not open, or you have to sit through a little traffic because the red light isn't working. Were you never in the boy scouts or have you never gone camping, you can survive on canned tuna or peanut butter or any other non perishable foods, and these days everything is packaged to last a gazillion years. Don't you know how to cook out, on your bbq pit or on a portable stove. And amazingly when the Taco Bell or the McDonalds has recovered power, cars line up for miles, as if they have starved, and perhaps they have starved, if they have to eat at those places. Just remember when you dial 911 because you are irritated at someone else, or not happy with the system, you are reaching an Emergency Service Worker on the other end, who is maybe just like you, and who is there to TRY and help you or direct you to the proper authorities. GIVE THANKS WHERE THANKS IS DUE! I could go on and on and on and on, but just like those ungrateful people, I'm beginning to sound like a nagging whiney person. GOD BLESS!!

Posted by Helen, Houston TX September 17, 08 11:38 AM

i lived in Texas 37 years - my sister and her family all live in Houston and surronding area - The devastation that these pictures represent is enormous - However, you will not see a Texan asking for 20 or 40 thousand bucks to relocate
You will not see wide spread looting - because a texan if they see it would shot your ass for doing it. - you will not hear them complain - they will just clean everything up - and start all over again - it is ashame about Galvaston - My sister did live there at one time and now has friends there who apparently now do not have a home to go back to - the historic district is now gone - as well as all of the old homes and national monuments - all i can say is that in being a texan my self even though i am not there - my heart goes out to everyone but somehow i know that a year from now everything will be back to normal - doesnt take a texan long to bounce right back - rememeber most all Texans believe that we can succeed from the Union and have the right to do so - because we have always been self dependent - we dont need the government to come down here and save us - we can do it ourselves.

Posted by Robert H. McNulty III September 17, 08 11:39 AM

Photo #6 is my personal favorite--just goes to show sometimes the animals are smarter than we are--he's evacuating just as fast as he can! My friend from Galveston doesn't know when she can go home or if she still has a home--let alone a job.

Posted by Bonnie (Sugar Land, TX) September 17, 08 11:39 AM

I don't think the people of this great country realize the devestation IKE has caused here at home.

Posted by Cloyd Hall Jr. September 17, 08 11:40 AM

Thinking and praying for you! You must be you in shock and grief. Time passing will heal the land and families. In America we will rebuild. God will give you FAITH and carry you to new beginnings! No matter what, NEVER GIVE UP!

Posted by A Great Grandmother September 17, 08 11:41 AM

all that is so sad

Posted by missy September 17, 08 11:44 AM

My heart and prayers go out to all survivors and victums of this tragic storm. Been there / done that / got a coffin and several t-shirts ... pray I never go there again.

I grew up in Key West and went through many hurricanes - I am glad this did not hit them. I lived in Homestead during Andrew in 1992 - lost everything - walked out with the clothes on my back. Again lost everything when Wilma hit and flooded Key West -- but we did not get hit as bad as Ike hit ... Now insurance is so expensive (if you can get it), no one can afford it!

For those in recovery, remember you have your lives - and no matter what, you can (and will) replace everything material -- but a loved one cannot be replaced. Believe me, I know from experience. You need to take each day as it comes and in a few years, most things will be fixed and/or replaced ...

There are still little reminders in Homestead such as metal still hanging from some of the power lines and trees still laying down in certain areas. It will take a lot of time to get things picked up. We were without electricity for about 5 months.

Remember when driving that your normal stop signs, landmarks, and other stuff will not be there so be extremely careful. Keep gas and generators outside. Keep hydrated. More deaths occurred after Andrew, as a result of Andrew, than those killed by the storm (I forget the storm death count).

There will also be those who come into your area to "look around" and congest the area for emergency vehicles - and of course, there will be those with ulterior motives that you need to be aware of. (There will be people who will search through your trash piles, take aluminum, and leave you the mess to pick up - again!) Every "scum of the earth" may be driving through your neighborhoods

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 11:45 AM

I am trying to hold back my tears as I look at the damage that IKE has done. My LORD what is happening in this world? It has truly been turned upside down, not only all of the hurricanes, storms, winds, rain & floods but the ecomony, the Presidential Race and no respect for people. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and their properties to look at the pictures is devasting to say the least. Althouhg life goes on I pray for this country that soon we can get back on track some kind of way !!!!! PLEASE LORD HELP US ALL.....

Posted by Concerned Californian September 17, 08 11:45 AM

I am a survivor of Ike and I live in Northwest Houston, TX.
Yes, I do agree with the people who said that the people in mandatory evacuation areas should have evacuated. Yes, the storm surge was more than expected, but they still had time.
We were only out of power for about 36 hours, but people all around us don't have it. At least we aren't having 90 degree and humid weather.
Yes, people in LA have been hospitable, but we have opened our doors many times and our schools are overflowing now. Even though we are running out of room, we are still accepting people.
Why do we live here??? Because we have warning before natural disasters hit. That way we can get out.
We did ask for help outside the state and they are helping. FEMA however, dropped the ball on that. Local businesses and corporations donated things like ice, but FEMA was not there.
We Texans are doing fine. We will get through this like we always have.
And for those of you who still don't think there is a God....WAKE UP! Don't blame global warming because hurricanes have been around for millions of years.
Those are great pics. I hope these help people see what really happened down here.

Posted by Lauren September 17, 08 11:46 AM

I was an Insurance Adjuster for thirty plus years. In the mid 70's I had asked several large Insurance company CEOs if they could get all of the Property Insurance Companies together and build pipe lines from coastal flood prone areas to the deserts. When Hurricanes or floods hit these areas, pump the water out. This would prevent loss of property and lives. Irrigation of the deserts could grow food for the hungry around the world. The CEO's laughed at my ideas. They have known for years that they could have prevented this type of damage and loss of lives. My prayers go out to everyone effected by this hurricane and all disasters.

Posted by Ben Barker September 17, 08 11:47 AM

My prayers are with all of the victims....and my God those caskets totally unbelievable that this storm had such force.

Posted by jom September 17, 08 11:48 AM

horrible, just horrible. my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. God Bless them all !!!

Posted by Marsha September 17, 08 11:49 AM

The house all by itself, amazing! I bet someone could just blow on it now and it would come tumbling down.

Posted by Diane September 17, 08 11:51 AM

From the comments that I've read, people seem to forget that Gustav hit SW LA two weeks before Ike and we were still recovering from that storm when Ike paid us a visit. Texas was hit harder but many areas that flooded in Katrina AND Rita were flooded again by Ike. We had just gotten our power back from Gustav. My daughter was finally able to return to her home yesterday in Abbeville (Sept 16) because the water receded enough for the power to be turned back on. Her husband has been on National Guard duty since Aug 29 due to Gustav & Ike. This was a massive storm that even knocked out power and overturned trees at our friends' house in Indiana. With a storm that size, where do you evacuate to??

People live here because it's their home and family ties are strong (and the food is great)!

A big "thank you" to the National Guard, to the power companies from other states and to the volunteers!

Posted by Mary (Lafayette) September 17, 08 11:51 AM


Posted by LAURA September 17, 08 11:51 AM

some people that went thru this during Katrina/Rita learned that money and personal possessions is just stuff that can disappear overnight. Your personal possessions (house, car, etc) that U paid for and even your LIFE is just something that U temporarily borrowed from God, Allah, Buhad or whoever. Plse donate to LEGIT organizations currently assisting hurricane victims. Some churches and civic organizations due a better job than the U.S. government when is time to assist others. .

Posted by Ernie C September 17, 08 11:53 AM

Stay strong. You will persevere. I believe in all of you.

Posted by Jodee Wooster September 17, 08 11:53 AM

to #s 87, 149, 169, 253, 580, 726 and other similar comments - My 1st prayer was to ask God's grace in sparing my home - as well as protection for everyone whose home would be destroyed. I'm reminding of Paul's prayer - 'to die is gain' (meaning, if I die, then I'll be with God and no longer have to 'put up' with the ways of this world - which is propelled by GREED), but IF I am to still live, I need my home (which is also where my business is) - I know that for me, the scripture that states that He (God) will not put upon you more than you can stand - is a great comfort. My 2nd main prayer, was for any/all of those who have not turned to God for him to be the Lord of their life - to turn to him now - not just out of fear, but a real conversion.
I have lived my whole life in both SETX and SWLA - and both have wonderful people. I consider myself way more of a Texan than a Louisianian. I agree that Texans are more proud and have more of an attitude of doing something about and raising above your circumstances vs the attitude of 'what will you hand out and what can I get from the government' of so many from the N.O. area - I am so ashamed of the people from that area - modern day Sodom and Gomorrah - not a judgement, just a much drugs, gangs, incest, filth, etc. I feel sorry for the 'good' people that try to live and work amongst them.

These areas (Galveston, Kemah, Houston, etc.) that got SO much devastation - I consider THAT area 'home'. I can't even imagine how horrible it would be to have everything destroyed and washed away. Especially Galveston, we had just come back from a weekend getaway there Aug 31st. I feel so close to God there - with the sea crashing waves on the then piers and the seagulls soaring above - beautiful sunrises and sunsets - and the people are so friendly. My heart goes out to you all.
As for those who did not leave, not smart, but I understand, we had JUST evacuated from Gustav and I did NOT want to leave again, but no one knows for sure how one storm is going to be based upon a prior storm - so we left once again. Thank God, my home was spared - I can't thank him enough and WISH I had millions to help those who weren't so fortunate. You will all be in my prayers.
And to #13, I too am a huge animal advocate - I even prayed for God to protect all the birds and ground animals to know where to go for safety.

The one good thing that does come from all of this is the ones who DO pull together and DO realize that we all have similar basic needs - a home, food, water, etc. We are all created equal - it's just what do you do with that creation - how do you develop it or not. Don't blame; don't judge - be part of the solution, not the problem.

People want to 'blame' God (and President Bush - where's your head?) - but the fact remains, just like it states in the Bible, God will allow things in order to turn people away from themselves and to him. God is a loving God. Look how far we've allowed Satan to infiltrate our minds - no longer is the norm - morality, integrity, honesty - just look at how more and more we are getting further and further away from what God put as a 'life's owner manual' - the 10 commandments.
These were put in place BECAUSE he loved us; not because he wanted to 'take away our fun'. Don't cheat, don't steal, don't kill, don't lie, don't covet other people's things, don't use the Lord's name as a curse word, honor your mother and father, don't worship idols - and most importantly, don't worship any other god.
Who can honestly say that they really want to be the recipient of someone who does all those things. Aren't you outraged when someone cheats you or steals from you, etc - then don't do that to others - golden rule - treat people the way YOU want to be treated!
There will always be consequences for every word or action - both good and bad.
May God be with you. You will be in my prayers.

Posted by GFCcat September 17, 08 11:56 AM

For those of you asking about Orange County, go see for a blog about recovery efforts and a photo gallery.

Posted by Jack September 17, 08 11:58 AM

GOD is with you. Be strong and hold your head high. There are lots of prayers out there for all of you. Don't lose faith.

May GOD Bless!!!!!

Posted by Donna McGuire September 17, 08 11:58 AM

At first I was like its not that much damage according to what I had seen on the news... But, OMG this pictures made me cry these people have lost so much and all my prayers go out these people... My relatives down south lost power and thank God that they are all alright and all still have there homes.... Thanks for sheadding light on what happen this has really touched me..........

Posted by Mishunda September 17, 08 11:59 AM

It is really horrible... Sincere condolences in these people...
Nature.... The best and the worst...
It is life... Cruel but it is really life.

"""I am French excuse orthography me !"""

Posted by Xilou September 17, 08 11:59 AM

My heart bleeds for all those effected by this awful storm. I pray for the safety of all effected and those who have come to help. I am from Morgan City, La. and now live in Florida. It could have been me or my family in La. We were blessed, while others lives have changed forever. God help them! I am so sorry for their hurt and lost.

Posted by Dee Henderson September 17, 08 11:59 AM

Thank you for the strong images displayed so sensitively. My heart goes out to those who had to leave their farm animals and pets behind to survive themselves. I came to this country from Holland, a country that has had to deal with floods for many centuries. I am proud of the way Americans come to each others aid. Let us hope they are able to fight off the effects from storms in the future and protect the Gulf coast more adequately.

Posted by Antje September 17, 08 12:02 PM

I don't even know where to start....these pictures are breathtaking....Absolutely amazing and most of all SAD photos. They show the reality of it all. My prayers go out to all of you.

And people lets be civil on our comments...This is real...if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all....sound familiar????

God Bless You ALL!!!!!

Posted by Belinda September 17, 08 12:02 PM

All this between New Orleans and Houston is the fact that Houston still has THOUSANDS of New Orleans evacuees still..after three years, living apartments, houses or hotel with all utilities still being paid by the tax payers. Best life they ever had but for Gods sake, get a job and go back home.

Posted by Joyce September 17, 08 12:02 PM

i think pic #2 says it all, when you see the shear magnitude & size of the storm, you can never see that during storm coverages

Posted by d September 17, 08 12:03 PM

WOW! Great pics, powerful images. The whole time I was looking at the photos of the damage in Texas I felt for those affected. Not untill I started to read the comments did I realize what a DICK some people can be with their insensitive comments! Hey Chis, mister "case-in-point", GO F*CK YOURSELF! If LA had that many Mexicans we could get our shit fixed too! God bless everbody, not just Texans! Now go play with a tumbleweed Chris!

Posted by Jason M. September 17, 08 12:04 PM

To post #153. At no time should we expect people not to build in disaster prone areas, just be prepared, accept the consequenses and stop expecting the Govt. (me)(the tax payer) to bail them out with free trailers or interest free loans.

Posted by Ron September 17, 08 12:05 PM

Picture # 11... what some of you don't realize is that there is another photo like this one but it is taken in the other direction and it looks exactly the same going the other way. It really is all alone out there. My parents had two house in port bolivar.... someone snaped a shot of where it used to be.... there is nothing there.... all of the neighbors are gone to.... the pic covers a few miles and there is nothing there.... just stups from where the houses used to be. Port Bolivar, Cryastal Beach definatly caught the worst part of Ike! It left nothing standing....

Posted by Nicole September 17, 08 12:05 PM

People who must be rescued after declining to evacuate once a mandatory evacuation has been issued should be charged for that service. If an accident victim has to pay for the ambulance that takes him to the hospital, then taxpayers should not have to pay for the negligent person who is sitting in his flooded home waiting for a helicopter to come get him.

Posted by Valerie Davis September 17, 08 12:05 PM

We were on the north side of Houston during the storm and it was bad. I can't imagine what the people in Galveston are feeling today. Those images of Gilchrist, TX are hard to look at. I was down there last March for Spring Break and everything is gone.

Texas will recover and recover fast. You will see nothing like you did in New Orleans. No chance. We take care of our own. New Orleans still has trash piles everywhere from a storm 3 years ago. In a few months Texas will be cleaned up and back to normal.

Keep praying for those on the Texas coast.... They need it right now.

Posted by Mike September 17, 08 12:06 PM

My heart goes out to the people affected by Hurricane Ike. We on the Mississippi Gulf coast know all too well the devastation that has happened to you. You are all in my prayers.

Posted by Kathy - Gulfport, Mississippi September 17, 08 12:08 PM

My heart and prayers go out to everyone involved. Be thankful that you and your loved ones are alive!

I grew up in Key West, Florida where hurricanes are a way of life. As a child, I always thought they were fun and for the most part, KW has always been lucky.

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew changed my opinion of hurricanes. Homestead was lucky b/c it was a fast moving, rather dry storm. But in it's wake, it took many lives and left many homeless. You can and will replace all material possessions but when you lose a loved one, well, that's another matter - and I know first hand.

I lost everything in Hurricane Andrew including a unreplaceable loved one - then again lost everything when Hurricane Wilma flooded Key West. Been there / done that and got a coffin.

My advice is to be careful when venturing out. Traffic signs and landmarks will not be where they should be. People are over stressed and will do "totally dumb" things. When working on your home, stay hydrated. Keep generators and gas outside of your home and do not store these items in the garage. Use extreme caution with everything you do. Be aware of your surroundings.

There will be those who come into your area to "look around" and congest the area for emergency vehicles - and of course, there will be those with ulterior motives that you need to be aware of. Every "scum of the earth" may be driving through your neighborhoods, going through your trash piles and stealing or taking whatever they can, including aluminum which they will recycle. Problem is that they will leave your trash pile all over the place and make a big mess.

There were places in Homestead that did not have electricity for 6 months after the storm. There is still debris on some of the electrical lines - still trees down in some parts of the area -- all reminders of the storm!

Then, after you have cleaned up, expect your insurance (if you can still get it) to go sky high! So high that you cannot afford to live there.

Please take care, hug your loved ones and rejoice in being alive to survive!

Posted by Safe in Florida September 17, 08 12:09 PM

We can't help but feel some since of loss for those effected by this storm. Our lives must go on and we can only hope that we have learned a lesson from the pain we have suffered. God allows everyone to make thier our decisions. Nuture is just part of the world he has given us. We have allway known that hurricanes, tornado's, and earthquakes are major forces of nature. We the people decided to live in these parts of this country. Blaming god is not a option. We live with our own choices. Heartache and death can come as the result of those choices. Put the blame where it belongs and that is with you and I and the decisions we make.

Posted by J. Hestand September 17, 08 12:10 PM

I really feel for these people. I live in Cincinnati OH and we were devistated in our area by the rements of Ike on Sunday Sept. 14th. We recieved wind gusts up to 80mph and lasted 4or 5 hours. Our tri-state area (Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana) lost power leaving 700,000 people without power. Today Sept. 17th, there are still 352,000 without power and may not be restored until Sept. 21st.

I have nver experienced anything like it before and I am a storm freak(love them), but wow! If Ike did this to us....all I can say is WOW!

All those people are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Amy, Cincinnat OH September 17, 08 12:10 PM

And maybe God is standing closer than you think and looking to see how
we respond to these natural disaters that we have no power to control. But we
do have the power of our love and understanding and can give love and compassion and any help that is within our capacity and ability. We are all
here together. Show some love - God bless us all.

Posted by msmgs September 17, 08 12:11 PM

I pray for every one in TEXAS. I

Posted by Sarah September 17, 08 12:11 PM

im so sorry for all

Posted by eliezer September 17, 08 12:15 PM

If these catastrophic events keep continuing, then it can only be a matter of time before government officials advocate abandoning coastal settlements, both large and small, for good.

Posted by quimodo September 17, 08 12:16 PM

"BTW Where the hell is Bush. Is he out golfing again, while his people need his support and MONEY from congress, oh but wait, didn't they just send more than a trillion to IRAQ??? Im afraid America is lost and this is just the beginning, hopefully Obama can get you back on the right track. Bush sure has had a BIG MESS OF THINGS AND IM NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT HURRICANES AND SUCH.

Posted by Laura September 17, 08 03:37 AM"

Umm.....President Bush was in the area yesterday, Tues. 9/16. Where the HELL were YOU? Where is YOUR money? We obviously have your sanctimonious judgement, but the Red Cross and Salvation Army and animal shelters charities are INTERNATIONAL in most cases. You probably donated to the tsunami victims
several years ago, why don't you donate to us?

Clearly you have NO CLUE how the American government is constructed--it's
called federalism. The federal government is supposed to provide support for the states, not provide the entire recovery. If you had bothered to educate yourself on what's going on here in our areas instead of the Bush administration (never the faults of Congress, of course--too big of a scapegoat), our local authorities are experiencing some bumps and delays, but overall, we have our own backs, as it should be.

Kindly keep your political CRAP to yourself in your obviously Marxist country. We don't need that trashy, hateful, politicizing attitude around here.

Posted by Tracy in Houston September 17, 08 12:17 PM

We should know God is trying to tell us something.Look at the the signs we are being face with.God is coming back soon and we better get our selfsevles ready.These photos are something I could never imagine,But I guess these people said the same too. God is a keeper and He will take care of you.

Posted by Denise September 17, 08 12:17 PM

Wow!! We are very fortunate to only have to deal with an Earthquake once in a while. We are very spoiled in California. Prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by all of these horrific storms.

Posted by Berta Shatswell September 17, 08 12:19 PM

What we have done to our Mother nature? Don’t give up!
God remind us every once in a while how vulnerable we are!
We all must keep praying!

God bless you all !!

Posted by Carlos September 17, 08 12:19 PM

as bad as those bombed out cities during the big war

Posted by bud September 17, 08 12:20 PM

These pictures are heart breaking but the one where the lady is giving a hug # 28 just shows that the US has a outstanding hardworking Air Force. There is no need in dwelling on what happened it is nature. It is very very sad but we need to all stand together and be strong in this hard time. If we all help each other out things will get put back together and everyone can go back to their normal lives.

Posted by Chamari September 17, 08 12:21 PM

My heart goes out to everyone. I have family in the Houston area and although most of them didn't have any major damage, a couple of them are still without power. I keep in constant touch with them to make sure that they don't need anything. My prayers goes out to everyone.

Posted by Mary Anne September 17, 08 12:21 PM

So, you wanted a view of the Gulf. Oh, not in your house!

Posted by Al son of Elling September 17, 08 12:22 PM

I will never understand why disasters like this bring out the worst in people.
No matter where you live, what color you are, or what you believe in, we are all PEOPLE. We all have hopes and dreams, and right now, for some, those hopes and dreams have all been taken or put on hold...
I truly hope that those who have posted such negative comments never know what it is like to grab a suitcase, some clothes, your children, your dog, AND wonder if you have anything left to come home lose everything you have...BUT for most of us, as long as our families and friends made it through safe and sound, that is enough...
and if you have ever visited Southwest Louisiana, you know why we live here and why we will rebuild...and I am sure that our neighbors in Texas know exactly what I mean...
God will be a long road to recovery, but we will get there, as long as we work together!

Posted by Jessi, Kaplan, LA September 17, 08 12:22 PM


Posted by CLANDYKE September 17, 08 12:25 PM

These pictures just begin to tell the story. I guess only the big cities are worth mentioning in the news. After Katrina all we heard about was "New Orleans." There were many small communities that were just as devasted but there wasn't much said about them. Once again that holds true. I live in West Houston and all we seem to see and hear about is Galveston/Houston. What about the smaller towns and communities that were hit just as hard or even worse. What about the ranchers and farmers that lost cattle and crops? Very little as said about them. They just pickup themselves up and go on. That is a sign of the true American spirit. Those people have my deepest respect because they don't get the recognition and assistance that the city dwellers get. #1004 are the people I am talking about. Hang in there and keep the spirit and faith going this country was built on.

Posted by Sandy H September 17, 08 12:25 PM

Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulation, but to be of good cheer for
He has overcome the world.
It is great to follow an Overcomer, especiallly in this day and time when we face
so many challenges that call for faith, courage and love for our fellowman.

Posted by Ernest Tobar September 17, 08 12:25 PM

God Bless to all of you survivors. This is not our first devastation, nor will it be our last. Pull together, support one another, hold and hug your loved ones and thank God you still have each other, and most importantly, respect each other and thy neighbor.
To the rest of the nation...Be thankful that you did not endure that devastation! Be thoughful, pitch in and help another fellow American, they would do the same for you in your time of need.
Remember to appreciate life..There is only one of it!! May God be with us all!!

Posted by Karen Sadowy September 17, 08 12:25 PM

So many thoughts go through one's mind when thinking about how much sadness, destruction, and pain has come from this natural disaster. We as a agriculture class at Princeton H.S. would like to send our heartfelt concerns and prayers in regards to the families that have been through this horrible occurence. We are thinking about you all.
The 4th period ag. class at Princeton H.S. and Mrs. D

Posted by Mrs. D and class September 17, 08 12:26 PM


By: Paul Marx

Owner of " Louisiana Proud" KBON 101.1FM

NOTE: Just so this is not interpreted to be a "racist" observation, let me make it clear that this writing refers to ALL races!!

What is going on? Why do some people feel that everyone else, including the government, owes them?? It seems that there are some people who think that is cases of emergencies they automatically become everyone else's responsibility and have none of their own? That needs to change!!

For Hurricane Gustave, I saw the vast majority of the people who were getting on evacuation buses, knowing there was a few hours of bus ride ahead of them, do so EMPTY HANDED! Not even a bottle of water for themselves or even their little children! They've had days to prepare, but they prepared nothing! How about a couple of sandwiches for the trip? No.

I watched the news and saw people complain about the place they had been evacuated to being "filthy" with trash! Many of those complainers are sitting or lying on cots furnished to them. Well, I'm sure it's not the volunteer workers who dirtied the place. My advice is get off your asses and clean up!!

For one of the past hurricanes, I received a phone call at KBON 101.1FM radio from an evacuation center in Opelousas . Keep in mind, this center had several hundred evacuees housed there for their safety. Well, the caller explained to me that there was an 18 wheeler that arrived with water, meals and other supplies, and asked if I would announce that they needed volunteers to help unload the truck. I have to tell you, I lost it. "You mean to tell me that you have hundreds of evacuees in that building and you want me to ask someone to le ave their house and their family to come and unload THEIR truck?", I asked. Before the person could answer I recommended "I'll tell you what to do. Go inside and tell them the truck is there and needs to be unloaded and that you need volunteers. If no one offers to help, you simply lock up the back of the 18 wheeler and tell it to go somewhere else where it will be more appreciated".

I had another situation (I don't recall from where) that troubled me just as much. I recall this was a place with a couple hundred people. I received a call and was asked to announce that they needed volunteers to help serve meals. My advice again to that caller was to get some volunteers among the evacuees and if they refused, then simply don't serve food.

I am concerned that the day will come when we will have a lot of trouble finding anyone willing to open it's doors to the people who need to evacuate, and I cannot blame them if they choose to not make evacuees welcome. They have nothing to gain by doing so. People come into centers, halls, etc. and practically trash the place. They complain to the press about not being comfortable, the place being dirty, not liking the food, not getting water often enough, and more. Then they leave the place in filth!!

I am concerned that the day will come when people will not volunteer to leave their home and families to go and "wait on" people who have absolutely no appreciation of them and what they are doing to help. Imagine volunteering to help someone out of the goodness of your heart and not only, not being appreciated, but being criticized for your service. Personally, I'd rather stay home with my family then=2 0give my time to such ungrateful people and would not blame anyone for feeling the same way.

I saw on the news recently where the Red Cross was having problems getting donations to help the people hurricane Gustave victims in our area. Could it be that people around the country are seeing the "whiners" and the "unappreciative" and just don't feel like giving to such people, knowing it will not be appreciated? It's my belief that the American people are great, kindhearted and generous people, and are very willing to help people who are trying to help themselves but I think more & more of us Americans are feeling less & less generous to people who just don't appreciate it. It's important to know that no one owes you anything. It's important to know that people will help you a lot faster when they see you trying to help yourself.

I am concerned, and you should be too.

God bless America, God bless Louisiana and God bless you!

Paul Marx

KBON 101.1FM

Posted by Very Interesting September 17, 08 12:27 PM

With all of that praying going on, all should be right and corrected by now.

Posted by Bill Herman September 17, 08 12:30 PM

Phioto 28 is emotional, and thought provoking

I teared up. Thanksf or your pieces of the story.

Posted by Rodney September 17, 08 12:30 PM

> This was published in the Shreveport Times Editorial Page this past
> Friday.

> Subject: Louisiana Evacuations & Shelters
> Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2008
> Hello Mr. O'Reilly,
> I am a nurse who has just completed working approximately 120 hours as
> the clinic director in a Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in
> Shreveport,
> Louisiana over the last 7 days. I would love to see someone look at
> the evacuee situation from a new perspective. Local and national news
> channels
> have covered the evacuation and "horrible" conditions the evacuees had
> to endure during Hurricane Gustav.
> True - some things were not optimal for the evacuation and the
> shelters need some modification. At any point, does anyone address the
> responsibility (or irresponsibility) of the evacuees?
> Does it seem wrong that one would remember their cell phone, charger,
> cigarettes and lighter but forget their child's insulin?
> Is something amiss when an evacuee gets off the bus, walks immediately
> to the medical area, and requests immediate free refills on all
> medicines for
> which *they cannot provide a prescription or current bottle (most of
> which are narcotics)?*
> Isn't the system flawed when an evacuee says they cannot afford a $3
> copay for a refill that will be delivered to them in the shelter yet
> they can take a
> city-provided bus to Wal-mart, buy 5 bottles of Vodka, and return to
> consume them secretly in the shelter?*
> Is it fair to stop performing luggage checks on incoming evacuees so
> as not to delay the registration process but endanger the volunteer
> staff and
> other persons with the very realistic truth of drugs, alcohol and
> weapons being
> brought into the shelter?*
> Am I less than compassionate when it frustrates me to scrub emesis
> from the floor near a nauseated child while his mother lies nearby,
> watching me
> work 26 hours straight, not even raising her head from the pillow to
> comfort
> her own son?*
> Why does it insense me to hear a man say "I ain't goin' home 'til I get
> my FEMA
> check", when I would love to just go home and see my daughters who I
> have only seen 3 times this week?*
> Is the system flawed when the privately insured patient must find a way
> to get
> to the pharmacy, fill his prescription and pay his copay while the FEMA
> declaration allows the uninsured person to acquire free medications
> under the disaster rules?*
> Does it seem odd that the nurse volunteering at the shelter is paying
> for
> childcare while the evacuee sits on a cot during the day as the shelter
> provides
> a "day care"?*
> Have government entitlements created this mentality and am I
> facilitating it with my work?
> Will I be a bad person, merciless nurse or poor Christian if I hesitate
> to work
> at the next shelter because I have worked for 7 days being called every
> curse
> word imaginable, felt threatened and feared for my personal safety in
> the shelter?*
> Exhausted and battered but hopefully pithy,*
> Sherri Hagerhjelm, RN*

Posted by Another Interesting Post September 17, 08 12:30 PM

These pictures are allmost unbelieveable. So much disruction. Thank God there was not more lives lost

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 12:32 PM

Uhhhh May God forgive every one of us and may the Lord intervaine in this situation

Posted by Okloro September 17, 08 12:32 PM

The difference between Ike and Katrina.... common sense. The devastation could be different in Galveston.... but it is shortened because the local officials made a mandatory evacuation , with plenty of time to get it done..... and the people responded. The loss of your house and your posessions gathered over a overwhelming. however, a LIFE is more important than the whole lot of what is contained in material things.

When facing a Hurricane of such proportion... it is not a time to dig in and try to save the farm. Nature can be "furious", and man doesnt stand a chance in fighting against it or weathering out the storm. People need to stop with the foolish hurricane parties, and put down their pride and stubborness...think of your families and those who are affected if you dont make it. In the the sensible thing.... get your sacred momentos... pack the car and get the heck out of dodge until the storm blows over.

and....oh yeah.... I agree with some of the others. Where are the media ...where are the blame gamers who would blame this on the government.... where are those who are complaining that it is extermination of the poor and wretched. again...this is TEXAS!! We can handle this with dignity and diligence. We will get the job done, and get back to business and on with our lives.

pray for those who were affected by this... God Bless and keep them all.

Posted by tina h September 17, 08 12:33 PM

Yes, Texas was hit hard and I understand their pain, but again, areas of Southwest Louisiana (parishes of Cameron, Vermilion and Calcasieu) were also damaged and/or destroyed by Hurricane Ike. It was the same with Hurricane Katrina - only New Orleans was talked about and Hurricane Rita was virtually ignored by the media across the U.S. in 2005. Louisiana residents (me included for the 2nd time) have flooded and/or destroyed homes, cattle stranded, pastures and winter hay destroyed, and mainly local media covering our area, not much coverage on the national level. Just because we live in rural areas does not mean we are not as affected by the loss of our homes and businesses as those who live in urban areas. Even though our pictures show flooded farmland and homes, stranded livestock and not destroyed beach front homes we still need help. Just venting.

Posted by Sylvia Trahan September 17, 08 12:35 PM

Jaw dropping chonology of this storm.

Posted by Kathiesbirds September 17, 08 12:35 PM

the people that build their million dollar houses on the coasts cant get insured in the free market system. no insurance company is that stupid. by law the federal govt. is required to step in and provide insurance for them. US taxpayers subsidize their luxurious beach houses.

and last i checked crews of people from around the entire country have gone to texas to help clean up the mess including help and aid from the federal govt. but fools like chris h. will continue to believe their own myths about how self sufficient people in texas are while everyone else of course is lazy and a welfare mooch. i really dont get the mentality of people like that. in general, disasters unite people in common cause because we all know it could be us next time.

Posted by ron September 17, 08 12:36 PM

I am from Louisiana . But I just wanted to say that the reason that you are not hearing all the crying an bitching from the Texans is b/c of the major difference in the people from there compared to the N.O. people ! Don't get me wrong I love New Orleans and have many friends there . But its not those type of people complaining about everything ! Watch the news who is acting like no matter what we do (North La.) or anybody else for that matter is good enough 90% of the people in shelters wouldn't be happy unless they put up in the Hilton . The ones on the newsare just a drain on society in N.O. or anywhere else they go . they dont work , they dont try all they want is a hand out !!!!!! So be proud Texans don't act like the wortless cry babys from 9th Ward !!!

Posted by David / Tired of nothing is good enough ! September 17, 08 12:36 PM

WOW! The pictures are amazing! I just read a few comments and it seems people keep asking how they can help. Currently there are 1046 messages. If everyone donated $10.00 dollars to the American Red Cross that would equal $10,460.00.

I think we should all take five minutes to donate to the American Red Cross. You took time to look at the pictures and read the comments, so why don't you take the time to donate.

To Donate go to the following address:

God Bless!

Posted by Suzanne September 17, 08 12:37 PM

My family is fortunate, our homes were spared from Ike. We helped each other board our houses (4 houses). We were prepared with food, ice, candles, flashlights, full gas tanks and our charged cell phones. By the way T-Mobile has impressed me this coming from an ATT owner. The women and children rode out Ike in a large bathroom with no windows in the center of my house. The brave men stayed in our living room. We still have no power since Saturday, but have been able to find ice. Ike has brought my family closer than ever and I have actually talked to my neighbors of 2 years. Kind of nice not having TV and Internet all the time, never seen so many kids playing outside. Thank GOD for this cold front!!!

Posted by Jessica September 17, 08 12:39 PM

Omg, god bless you all, Hannah in Sweden

Posted by Hannah September 17, 08 12:41 PM

To comment #1063. I actually live here in South Louisiana and still can not understand why people would want to live in a big bowl 12 feet below sea level and expect me to bail them out. Nobody twisted your arm to make you live here, there or anywhere, the last time I checked, this was still a free country bought and paid for by our fine military shown helping out the people.

Posted by Ron September 17, 08 12:41 PM

I live in Cypress, TX. In suburban NW Houston.
I just want to say...
Houston is doing great. Houston, Texas is truly a wonderful place to live!
Texas friendly is truly exemplified here. Honest people, honest work, honest kindness and care.
State and local leadership, law enforcement, emergency operations and utility personnel have been great. Working feverishly to get us back to normalcy. My compliments to all of you for the great job y'all are doing!
We've received much support from many states and organizations and are indeed grateful for all your efforts, kind thoughts, good feelings and prayers. It does NOT go unnoticed.

In the neighborhoods, you will mostly find folks without power and perhaps even running water. But, you will also find folks around Houston and the outlying areas pulling together, pulling out their lawn chairs and tables, sharing their food and resources, helping each other mend fences, cleaning each others yards from fallen debris. Lot's of lemonade and iced tea. Cards, dominoes, board games, children laughing. Footballs are flying and chainsaws buzz clearing up the damage in the background. It's one big, wholesome, fun block party/neighborhood camping event. Churches/scouts/corporations are in the fray and neighbors here have been bonding in ways they might have missed otherwise and everyone, EVERONE is the better for it. Lot's of laughter and smiles as they mostly have the week off to recuperate from the effects of yet another big storm.
It's heartwarming to see the resilience and genuinely kind spirit and selfless disposition of a people that deal so well, so elegantly when confronted with catastrophe and potential despair. How quick to help, to sustain their neighbors and friends. HOW reinforcing it is to see that people still do care. How proper, how correct. How right it is for these people to behave the way they do!!!
TRUE! We ARE proud to be Texan. We honestly love our state and heritage. You can see for yourself when you drive through any town or city in the state and see our Texas flag flying in virtually any direction you see. But we are Americans too -and that means we are keenly aware of who our brothers and sisters are when the moment counts! We are also keenly aware of the source of our blessings!

My personal appreciation to all those folks that continuously help us to grow and to go through these experiences more elegantly and seamlessly because of THEIR perspective, their optimism, positive attitudes, their encouragement - particularly in the midst of trials and lack. It makes ALL the difference when you surround yourself with people WILLING to put their shoulder to the wheel and look at the world in constructive, edifying and loving ways.

What they say is true....ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!

Praise God for his great mercy and grace!
God Bless The Family!
God Bless our awesome America!
God Bless all of our Global Family (pray that they may know our goodwill for them)!
Let us each be grateful for the gift of this life each and every day!

Posted by Grateful September 17, 08 12:41 PM

wow, I thank God for saving us.

Posted by Maria September 17, 08 12:43 PM

I'm am sorry for the loss of life and property, but...
I don't live on any coast, but when I see all the damage caused by these storms year after year, I really wonder why (no matter how nice it is) people live there knowing that a storm can destroy everything you have.
More importantly I wonder why anyone would expect the Federal Government to have to boot the bill for the clean up and give hand outs and help you with money to rebuild everything, just to have it destroyed again in another few happens over and over, It makes no sense.
I think that the people who live in these areas should be responsible for themselves, since they know what to expect to begin with when it comes to these storms. The state government should also be to blame and not expect federal government to help them, since they allowed people and businesses to build in these areas.
I think it is just plain ignorant to live anywhere where these types of storms can occur. I know other types of disastors happen all over the USA, but in most all cases you can live elsewhere and still find a job and have a nice life.
These people choose to live in these areas and now all they want is to complain that all is lost and want money and want want and want...just so they can start all over and then want again when it happens again and again.
It cost us, the tax payers in the long run, which is wrong for these people to make us all pay for their mistakes over and over...enough is enough, MOVE!!

I think the feds should not have to pay for anything and in fact I think that the Feds should stop allowing anyone to build in the problem areas and if people do anyway, they should sign a waiver to not expect any help if something did happen.
These people should get their own insurance of whatever type is needed and stop making all the other smarter people have to pay for them taking a chance with mother nature.

These people choose to live in these areas proned to disaster, they should take care of things themselves and expect the worse and quit whinning about it. We didn't force you to live there.
People who give the excuse that they can't afford to move away, now here's your chance, get whatever items you may have left and get the heck out of these areas. Nothing left to take, then there's nothing to worry about, move and start over, you would have to start over anyway, so why not use this as a reason to do so now and get away from the bad areas along the coast?

I'm sorry, but I just do not understand why anyone has to pay for what other people put on themselves, especially the people who were told to get out before the storms hit, but stayed anyway, then want to complain that there is no help, they were told there wouldn't be any help...and now they are costing us taxpayers even more money and putting other people trying to get to them in danger becuase of their stupidity.
I do understand that some people couldn't get out and maybe that should be addressed as well, but for most it was a decision that came back to haunt them and we have to pay for it...again.
For the rest...Sure they may have lost all they had, but it was their choice to live there, not ours.

Also, Why live in a area that is under/below sea level? That is just asking for disaster and it happens over and over, you would think as being the smartest living beings of this earth, we would get smarter, but we don' a moth to a flame, we just keep coming back for more.

Our federal government is going broke (from many reasons, not just stormes etc.) and here we are again ,needing their help...more gov debt and sooner or later we have to run out of money, then what?

Stop building on the coast or below sea level or don't expect for others to have to pay to help you rebuild!!!

It is not fair to anyone else to have to pay for you to rebuild and live in such a nice place...everytime it gets destroyed. Take the hint!! MOVE!!

Maybe one day, you people will come to your senses and stop living anywhere that this type of thing happens...give the rest of us a break!!

I am sorry for all that everyone is going thru at this time.

Posted by Robert Clyde September 17, 08 12:44 PM

It's been 5 days since Ike. I still don't have electricity at home and I'm recovering from surgery. But the aftermath I feel is one of gratitude...for my neighbors who all were out cleaning up the debris, throwing meat on the grill and sharing what they had just to be neighborly. I love my home and I love my dogs and I love my bed. I love living where there are trees and warm weather. And 99% of the time it's a wonderful place to be and even when it gets uncomfortable the people are still nice. I don't blame the government...I especially don't blame President Bush and I don't blame FEMA and I don't blame Oncor Electric Company for any of my discomfort. I'm not even mad at God. He spared us. We didn't lose our homes and we didn't suffer any damage. Others were not so fortunate but blaming isn't going to help. I do feel there's much more we can do to make the recovery better and faster and with each storm we learn to do it better for the next time. makes me angry when people say, "Just move." It's not that easy. And where in the USA is a place that's completely free from natural disasters? Aren't there blizzards and icy roads up North; and tornadoes in the midwest; and fires and extreme heat and earthquakes and mudslides and flooding rivers and even erupting volcanoes? There is no where that's 100% free from everything! Just think yourself how you'll feel when something disasterous happens in your neighborhood and someone from the Gulf Coast says to you "you shouldn't live there. You should quit your job, assuming you even have one, and leave your family and your land and whatever else attracts you to that place because we're tired of our taxpayer money supporting your bad decision." Get over yourself! If you are fortunate enough to live where there's no disaster this year in your neck of the woods then get off your couch and come help cleanup and save the government money by volunteering. Or donate time with your local Red Cross or Salvation Army and realize we're all AMERICANS and that we're all in this COUNTRY BECAUSE IT'S THE BEST COUNTRY TO BE IN!

Posted by Nancy September 17, 08 12:44 PM

All of the pictures touched my heart . I have lots of family in Houston, Texas that was affected by this powerful storm . My heart really go out to everyone touched by the storm . I say , RESPECT GLOBAL WARMING , PLEASE .

Posted by Alice Gates September 17, 08 12:45 PM

This is a link to the most recent (I think yesterday) satellite images.

Just click onto one of the squares. When it goes to the next screen, click one of the small squares.

It will then take you to a photo of that area.

Once the photo comes up, move your mouse off of the photo and then back onto the photo to get the expansion block on the bottom right. Click that and it will go super full size.

When you start seeing the over damage, it is very overwhelming…

Posted by Russ in Katy September 17, 08 12:46 PM

im totally speechless..but, to those who got hit by ike, i wish you the best

Posted by chelsea September 17, 08 12:47 PM

These pictures are surreal and sublime and show just how indiscriminate nature is?! For all those who lost their lifes' worth as a result of Ike, my heartfelt sympathies go to you all.
Here, in the UK, we are safe ~ but at times like this, we are thankful for that safety. To our American bretheren, we wish you a speedy recovery from this latest disaster.
God Bless you all!

Posted by Allan Stevenson and Family. Belfast, Northern Ireland. September 17, 08 12:48 PM

To #33 , Yoyu are truly uninformed and just an idiot. I doubt you really get your hands dirty. I live in the outskirts of New Orleans and was affected and suffered unrecoverable losses as the result of an ignorant, self centered, pitiful excuse for a parish president that made poor decisions. But life goes on, you pick up the peices and move forward. Nagin... he is an idiot and an embarrassment to this city. I was proud when I saw him on TV offering our hospitaltiy to Texas residents and a special rate. I am disgusted by what it truly was. Yes, there was a criminal element that lives within almost every American city. No I do not believe in handouts or freebees.All that being said you can not "in your right mind" write off an entire state or city based on bad publicity and the liberal press. They truly control what most of us see and hear. Please get a life and refraian from making such ignorant statements regarding things you know nothing of. We are all Americans first. We take care of one another, we stand together.

Posted by Carl September 17, 08 12:48 PM

I think I'm more affected by some of these comments than the pictures themselves. I really don't even know what to say except shame on some of you. You'll get yours not be a fool.

For the victims, I am so sorry for you and I'll send not words of contempt or hatred, but love from the bottom of my heart. Everything will be okay, I promise.

Posted by Ginger September 17, 08 12:49 PM

The problem we have with all the heart felt hate going around is that the new media always seems to find the dead beats to interview so all we hear are all the negative things. At least this time we had some good people interviewed who showed their appreciation. I don't think that all Louisiana people are like the ones they showed on the news from Katrina but I can see why so many people are hating the Louisiana people. I am from Texas and I also didn't appreciate the way the Louisiana people acted when we tried to help. But as I said before we only seen a few of the unappreciative people interviewed. We all have bums in all areas of the world but you can't hate the place for having those types of people. As far as calling people names for living near the water; I also didn't understand until I talked with a few of them and most of the homes closest to the water are vacation homes that are rented out for everyone's pleasure (so be appreciative that we use to have a nice place to go to create memories with our families). As far as most of the inland homes they were owned by the refinery workers or workers in the area. Where else are they going to stay. Who wants to travel a long distance just to get to work. I just hope everyone starts thinking about this could be them one day and start helping out the best they can, which probably isn't much since the economy is so screwed up.

Posted by Texas Girl September 17, 08 12:49 PM

I am so sorry for all those that lost there lives and those that have lost there homes.
The pictures say it all, some of the best photograpy I have ever seen but pictures of very sad situations.
We feel for you, you are our true friends and we really feel for you.

Posted by Steve Myring. England, UK September 17, 08 12:49 PM

We who live in Texas, in Houston, have one additional thing to be especially thankful for. We don't have as our mayor the New Orleans mayor; instead we have a mayor who is unbelievably more responsive than that joke of a mayor in NO.

I only wish we had as our governor the one who now leads LA.

Posted by George September 17, 08 12:49 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all.

Posted by Florida September 17, 08 12:50 PM

Ole Robert C is an atheist and doesn't believe in GOD. He doesn't understand GOD, therefore GOD doesn't exist. So I guess ignorance is bliss huh Robert? You’ve mistaken the belief by some, that GOD tells them everything, and gives them Heaven here on earth, while punishing the wicked; as a definition of GOD. It is not and those people are mostly delusional. GOD gave us a brain to use. Our actions here on earth will determine where we go. Yes some take comfort in believing that GOD takes care of them. But I don't believe it and the Bible backs me up. I too believe storms are based on the physics of the earth and cosmos...and are not caused, or redirected by GOD. Even the Bible states that judgment for wickedness is later. It will rain on the just and unjust. Everyone will have good times and bad. Your success will be based on your efforts. How you achieve the success and what you do with it, will determine your judgment.

Posted by Boyd C September 17, 08 12:51 PM

We are all so very sorry for all the People's losses from this disaster.
I'm sitting here at work enjoying my lunch. How lucky I am.
I will be sending $$
GOD Bless!

Posted by Habib of Richmond September 17, 08 12:51 PM

**This is devistating. But has anyone noticed the photo of Haiti? My aunt on my husbands side said she woke up floating in her bed and all of her things were sucked out of her house with the rushing flood waters.
She called to tell us she had 15 bodies of children stacked up on her roof and she didnt know who they belonged to. Children were ripped from their parents arms as the waters swelled in Cabaret Haiti and they dont have evacuation proceedures and buses and govt programs.
They have nothing but each other. The loss of property is devastating but the loss of life, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people who had nothing to begin with is a true tragedy. This hurrican affected more than just property let us pray for those who are mouring a child whose body is still on someones roof. See, they don't have a morgue to take the bodies to and the children were swept miles down mountains so the bodies may never be claimed because they have no communication systems like we do. Pray for those souls who were lost.

Posted by Kimberly tampa Fl September 17, 08 12:52 PM

The pictures of the destruction from Ike were amazing! Can anyone tell me if the Bolivar lighthouse is still standing? I haven't seen it in any of the pictures from Port Bolivar. I would appreciate the information.

Posted by Judy Alexander September 17, 08 12:53 PM

Please be strong people...

Posted by michelle September 17, 08 12:54 PM

May god be with each and everyone of you .Just don't give up . Have faith and trust in the lord to give you strength to start over . My prayers are with you .May god bless you in your time of need .

Posted by Donna Bell September 17, 08 12:54 PM

I've lived in Southeast Texas for 35 years now. Every year, the Greater Houston and Galveston Community have remembered the anniversary of the Great Storm of 1900 that devastated Galveston Island Texas. Today, 108 years later, the Community is drawn together to lift one another up from the flood waters and the devastation of another great storm. Love of humanity and kindness to the victims of this tragedy is herald every day over the local radio and TV broadcast. The Red Cross is struggling to give comfort to all that need assistance. Community leaders stepped up and took control. A fledgling and somewhat disorganized FEMA support system has been manned by locally business professionals and storm victims to help distribute water and food. Volunteerism is alive and well. God Bless our People and God Bless America!

Posted by John Martine September 17, 08 12:55 PM

My heart goes out to all who have lost much due to this hurricane. I have siblings that live in the South Houston area that was mandatory evacuation and they were blessed to have minor damages. ALL their neighbors weren't so lucky.
I tried to read some of these blogs on here and it never ceases to amaze me how many IDIOTS are out there. Your intelligence is just simply amazing. The government is working as quickly has they can to help these people. They can't just "snap" their fingers and make it all better. There are thousands of people trying to get them help, trying to get the electricity on, and so on, and so on. If you people think you can do it better, then why aren't you down there helping where the help is needed. We are housing people without homes here in our neighborhood to people we don't even know, but we are helping.
I am so sick and tired of hearing about how Bush caused all of this. I am so tired of hearing how the government has messed it all up on the help. I have news for you people. There are just some people who will never get it. Yes, there are people who stayed in evacuated area and they were told to leave and they didn't. SHAME ON THEM. Now they are suffering the consequences at everyone's expense and NO, that isn't right. But it happened and we need to deal with it. There are people in this world that you will NEVER make happy. These people will always complain and unfortunately, they will never change, and yes, we ALL have to deal with people like this.
BUT, there has been a devistation on the Gulf and they need our help. One of these days you may have something happen in your life and you will need help. I hope and pray that when it happens that you will take the help gracefully and vow to return the favor to someone else who needs help. That's called being a HUMAN.
But then again, there are those of you who will never help another, will always complain about whatever you can come up with and will probably one day wonder why you are all alone. We ALL have crosses to bear.
I have always remembered learning in Bible School that "God never puts anything in front of you that you can't handle." God has put a very heavy load on these people and the people helping them and they will get thru it with many prayers and the help of those who can't be there to physically help. We can always help financially (even if it's only $5.00). Everything little bit adds up when many people just put in a little.
Just remember, one day you may need the help and hopefully someone will be willing to help you.
I'm off my soap box now. May prayers are with them all and with all of you.

Posted by Living in Texas and helping September 17, 08 12:55 PM

# 96 You are an IDIOT!!!! I cannot believe the stupidity of your comment!!! Since when does a President have control over the weather. Maybe you should go back to school and learn about weather, but get your head out of your ass and pay attention this time.

Posted by fed up September 17, 08 12:56 PM

To me, it's all about photos 9 and 28. Frustration that there is nothing more you can do and still wishing you could do more. And finally, after the storm is over, everyone coming together, helping each other, giving each other words of encouragement, spreading hope.

Posted by Joel in San Antonio, TX September 17, 08 12:57 PM

After reading the comments above I can't believe that some of these people even own a computer or have been to school .......and some of you are wonderful examples of what Americans are all about and you make me proud ...we should all stand by each other just as our local medical emergency and firefighters stand by perfect strangers in need !!!! It's what America IS !!! It's what we ARE !!! STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AS AN AMERICAN !!!!! HELP SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW!!! Or at least PRAY for them ...........thanks for letting me use this space

Posted by BILL V September 17, 08 12:57 PM

In response to the post by "Amazed at people who can't learn". Exactly what does this have to do with the Global Warming myth may I ask? There is absolutely no credible link between a hurricane and so-called Global Warming. In fact, this has been one of the coldest summers, world-wide, in decades, and this winter is predicted to be abnormally cold. Get a life and shame on you for using a disaster like this to promote your idiotic theories.

Posted by Don Coscia September 17, 08 12:58 PM

Being a newly transplanted Houstonian (ex Florida) I can see all around me how the Houstonians are taking this with their chins up. Rarely have I seen neighbors helping each other in the darkness of my neighborhood and the warm nights. One neighbor even ran his car headlights into the home of another neighbor for 45 minutes to help them look for something, (or to help them get settled for the night, I don't know), but the gas consumption when all the stations around us were closed, shows how giving the Houstonions are. Texans are good people.

Well, it's about time I put my money where my mouth is. I will now leave and offer my two good hands to the neighborhood red cross efforts...

Posted by joe+ September 17, 08 12:58 PM


Posted by Ronda Pennington September 17, 08 12:58 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families.

Posted by Chastidy September 17, 08 12:59 PM

o my God

Posted by larry September 17, 08 12:59 PM

I still can't believe that Galveston was so devastated, we vacationed there every summer (except this one because of a newborn). My sister lost her house in Houston as well. I can't imagine what all those who survived are going thru. It really makes you humble to see the destruction of nature. My heart goes out to all those affected.

Posted by Jess in Texas September 17, 08 01:00 PM

To All of the Idiots everywhere that think New Orleans is a pathetic welfare state that only relies on the Government to bail them out---i have this to say.
First of all, the "national liberal media" focused mainly on N.O.'s 9th ward which is mainly poor & or lazy black people, same at the superdome and convention center.
Breaking News... ... ..."White people in areas across southeast LA were equally decimated"!!! OMG!!! really ??? Yes, it's true, but you won't hear much about that because we're not waiting on Gov. handouts, we go to work and get our hands dirty!
I'm amazed that 3 years later, the media still only flocks to the poor black people, they never show the Lakeview area, Slidell area, Jefferson area, Northshore area, so on and so on...that was more "white" populated, but equally destroyed!

I'm posting this because after reading some comments on here about how Texans are gonna go to work, and get their hands dirty, and not complain like New Orleans---you have nothing to compare to us! AT least you can now walk down your broken streets, we had to boat down ours for weeks because of poor Government levees' .
And for the person who questioned" why doesn't Louisiana open it's doors and arms to TX,,,,well, we're still trying to recover from Hurricane Gustav just 2 weeks ago. We've got people in areas that won't get power on till October some time.

I don't wish Hurricanes on anyone, but now TX is gettting a tast of what we've been through with Katrina, Rita, and Gustav, and Ike too (SW LA)!

So God Bless You.

Posted by wayne September 17, 08 01:01 PM

Two words...Mandatory Evacuation

Posted by David E. September 17, 08 01:01 PM

These photo's just seem unbelievable Never could believe the dammage caused by Ike was this bad God bless those people and they need alot of assisting to get back on there feet we pray for them all

Posted by Lloyd Olson September 17, 08 01:02 PM

I am saddened by the negative comments I have read from those who are hateful against those who believe in a God and those who demand that the government is not doing enough and those who scorn the people in Texas & Lousiana for loving where they live. This is a time to unite and show the world that we can depend on each other whether we are right or wrong. We are all humans and have families, hearts, feelings, needs. Let's unite, even through our differences and disagreements. Let's show the world we can overcome these tragedies through love, support and financial assistance to each other. God bless everyone affected by Ike including those in Haiti, Cuba and the like. Contribute financial assistance & emotional & physical support to those in need. Let's stick together.

Posted by concerned from Dallas, TX September 17, 08 01:03 PM

my thoughts and prays go out to all stay strong God is watching

Posted by Regina Schrage September 17, 08 01:04 PM

I hate that there were so many people that stayed and had to be rescued...that's why its MANDATORY EVACUATION and so many still stayed to "ride out the storm", they learned nothing from previous disasters...And as far as global warming, yes we have poluted the earth, but NO Humans did not cause it, ever heard of the circle of life...well the Earth goes through attention to weather records from later back than 10 years.

Posted by David E September 17, 08 01:06 PM


Posted by DAN ONEILL September 17, 08 01:06 PM

my heart is broken , im praying for everyone in Texas, linda

Posted by linda smith September 17, 08 01:07 PM

my heart is broken , im praying for everyone in Texas, linda

Posted by linda smith September 17, 08 01:07 PM

I feel so Blessed and my heart goes out to all these people that lost there possessions but they still have there lives. The reason I feel Blessed is because I am from Brownsville, Tx. and I thought as many others did, that Hurricane Ike
was headed our way, Thank God we were spared this disaster. I really wish I
could do more than just pray for these people. May the Lord watch over them.

Posted by Celia September 17, 08 01:10 PM

I couldn't read all of the comments due to the sheer volume included but read enough to know that some people are exceptionally self-centered and self-serving in their comments about the people from Louisiana as opposed to residents of Texas. While it is true that some folks caught in Katrina were heavily reliant upon help from the Government and citizens, many went back to New Orleans to pick up the lives that they knew before the disaster. I am equally certain that many Louisianans will and have given assistance and money to the people of Texas who have been affected by Ike. Now is the time to pull together as a nation instead of dredging up worn out stories about a storm 3 years ago. Your comments along these lines are disgusting and show a lack of respect for mankind as a whole.

Posted by Carlos Daigle September 17, 08 01:15 PM

Heartbreaking. Such a beautiful part of Texas destroyed! She will rebuild.......but I honestly think this country should rethink our need to build in areas that are so very prone. I am totally sympathetic with the loss, but not the people who won't leave, who hinder and delay the recovery, who endanger those brave responders. GET OUT! A storm the size of Texas isn't a JOKE. This isn't a challenge, or a reality show about the "strongest will survive". Staying doesn't mean you are brave or strong. It is foolish! These are the same people who sat there during Katrina and waited for someone else to do something, just a different location. This poor me, entitlement attitude is unbelievable! Our ancestors helped themselves, and those strong people built not only this state but this country. I will give all that I have to help them recover because it is right, but only because of all of the people who left, protected lives and used common sense.

Posted by Leslie September 17, 08 01:15 PM

and this was a "only" category 2 storm when it made landfall?? Ouch...
you can't stop mother nature, and she strongly advises against building in flood prone areas...

Posted by mitch p. san diego, ca September 17, 08 01:15 PM

thats home to me...and very sad that life was lost... everything else can be rebuilt. good pictures.

Posted by rowdy-seabrook September 17, 08 01:16 PM

Pray that everyone affected will recover and continue to live life. Bless everyone.

Posted by Mike Cutler September 17, 08 01:16 PM

Gotta love the gator walking across the DOES go on.

Posted by Wolfgang September 17, 08 01:18 PM

Our hearts go out to all of you who have suffered through this devastating storm. The pictures show damage beyond our imaginations. Thank God for all of the good and humane people who give of their time and their resources to reach out to help those in need. We truly live in a wonderful world made better by those who don't condemn or blame, but rather jump in and give aid to those in perilous situations such as this. We pray that everyone affected by Ike will have the faith and the strength to survive its damages.

Posted by Friends in Washington State September 17, 08 01:19 PM

Im so sorry for the people down there & all the loses they've had to bear. May u all be blessed with the All mighty Lord's Blessings. The pictures were Deadly.

Posted by Erfan September 17, 08 01:21 PM

May God bring peace and restoration to the victims. Our hearts go out to them in Arkansas. We just got an abbreviated lash and it was scary enough.

Posted by Lawson September 17, 08 01:22 PM

where is the world countrys to help the america when they need help ,, jim cuddy marmora ontario canada , we should look after canada and the usa , let the rest help there self , GOD BLESS NORTH AMERICA /////////////////////////////////////

Posted by JIM CUDDY September 17, 08 01:23 PM

YAY! .. to comment # 460. You took the words right out of my mouth. I live in the Pasadena/Deer Park area. Sorry but you dont have to live "yards from the shoreline "(#59 comment) to have suffered damage from this devastating storm. Not to mention some of the refineries and other companies/big suppliers that i have seen first hand, working by the ship chanel, that have suffered damage. Not only here but in and around the Houston area. Folks lets not be so ignorant here.

Posted by Jane September 17, 08 01:23 PM

To everyone, I feel for anyone who has or had to live through such devastation. I am one of those who lives in MS who endured the wrath of Katrina (by losing everything). The only thing I have to point out, is if you will notice the caption on the first picture, it is not accurate. I feel I need to point out New Orleans was not devastated by Katrina, it was the levees which did not hold a day or two later. If the levees held, then they would not be in the situation they are in currently. The MS Gulf coast had the direct hit. Waveland, MS was wiped out. We are still in the process of rebuilding all along the MS coast, but you don't hear the majority complaining about our plight, we as the Texas folks, are resilient folks and appreciate any help we can get, but handouts are not expected either. Yes, it is important in times like these to know we have agencies in which we can turn to for help if needed. But, in the long run all I can say, " we will rise again!"
One last thing #307 Kmc great post!

Posted by RAC September 17, 08 01:25 PM

Robert C - # 1086
I suppose all of California living in the vivinity of the San Andrea fault should move also?? People living in the areas where wildfires exist should also move? Robert, you, my friend, are a blithering moron.

Posted by Carlos Daigle September 17, 08 01:25 PM

somos culpados!!

Posted by terra nova imoveis September 17, 08 01:26 PM

I live in California and I'll take my chances with earthquakes. They can be just as devastating, and with earthquakes there's no warning -- they just shake, rattle & roll without notice. I've been blessed to live in an area that so far (praise the Lord) has not suffered any major damage from earthquakes. I am truly sorry for all of the heartache caused by this hurricane. These pictures put a reality to the damage as opposed to trying to just "imagine" the devastation. I have to agree that those individuals who were STUPID enough to stay behind, thinking that material things are more precious than their lives, that they brought the consequences of that choice on themselves. My thoughts and prayers go out to EVERYONE who has suffered as a result of this hurricane. I HOPE FEMA has learned its lesson and they respond in a more POSITIVE/QUICK way than they did with Katrina, not to mention those people are STILL suffering from the Katrina devastation and the BAD CHOICES of FEMA. I also hope that Texas doesn't have to suffer the same result as New Orleans and THREE YEARS from now, there will still be areas in TEXAS that have NOT been rebuilt as a result of Ike as there are in Louisiana from the results of Katrina. One of the pictures that stands out is the caskets that were "raised up" from the ground due to the flooding. The job of retrieving all of those caskets and matching them up with the headstones is going to be tremendous. Can you imagine being a loved one of the deceased and wondering if one of those floating caskets contains the remains of your deceased family member???

Posted by Delores September 17, 08 01:26 PM

Great photos. Interesting comments.

I am a professional, living in New Orleans and was completely wiped out by Katrina. Fortunately, my family and I had evacuated to my brother's home in Houston for the storm. We made the conscious decision to move back into the city after weighing all of the pros and cons. Every place on earth has pros and cons. Thank God we live in a country where we are each free to make our own decision.

My heart goes out to all of those affected by Ike and Gustav this year. Thank God so few lives were lost.

Another brother and I loaded up his truck with 3 generators 8 tanks of gas and a couple of cases of water on Sunday and drove into Houston to bring some power to the Houston brother. He shared the generators with others in the neighborhood. While we were there, we helped to tarp a neighbor's roof. I appreciated how so many people in Houston and the rest of the world reached out to New Orleanians after Katrina, I felt strongly about trying to give back the little I could.

Posted by Ben H. September 17, 08 01:26 PM

@ Nancy

You said it wonderfully. There is no place free from natural disasters. The East Coast could suffer a catastrophic earthquake at any time and when it happens I hope the Gulf Coast will come to their aid and not simply say why did you live there knowing it was coming one day. Not to mention the mudslides, fires and river flooding. The Midwest gets hit with tornadoes yearly and with very little notice. Hurricanes also hit the East Coast just as frequently as they hit the gulf. Why do you live there? Why?? Because it is your home and for whatever the reasons you love it. The 21 + years you don't have a hurricane, you are happy, you love the people, the city, its history, its culture and what it has to offers.

I have lived in New Orleans all of my 45 years and have only gone through two major hurricanes, Betsy and Katrina. That is a natural disaster every 22 years. This was Galvestons first major hurricane in many, many years. I think the odds here are probably better than those who live in other areas of the country including California and the midwest.

My prayers go out to those affected. I know many did not fully understand the emotional and financial toll that New Orleaneans went through at the time and I am so sorry they have to experience it now. The majority of Louisianians are always greatful for help during tragedy and we are also always ready and willing to help our neighboring states. Truth is Louisiana is one of the most charitable states in America.

Posted by Charlann September 17, 08 01:27 PM

For Kitty # 906

Being Christ-like, e.g. being a Christian, is a way of life, therefore it must be practised everywhere, and at all times, not just in "Church." it is sad that there are many who profess Christianity, but do not LIVE Chrisitanity.....and sadder yet, are those who do not believe at all.
In times when disaster strikes, as these pictures so aptly convey, it is central to remember all in our prayers, whether they decided to leave the hurrican stricken areas or, not, whether they live in Texas or is precious, and has been paid for with a high price, by Jesus on the cross.

Posted by Delma September 17, 08 01:28 PM

Seems it takes a crisis of this magnitude to open our hearts and minds to what is important in life. Like the old hymn tells us --" Be not dismayed what ere betides God will take care of you" ---if we ask Him. It is our choice!

Posted by Dulcie B September 17, 08 01:29 PM

SHAME SHAME ON YOU people that are placing blame here and there and making stereo-typical comments in such a time of need. I live in Dallas, TX and we did fundraisers for Katrina as well as Ike to help our neighbors wherever the need may be, as have lots of communities all over the US. I feel sorrow for all of these unfortunate people, my friends, family and coworkers all have been hit by Ike on the coast. This affects us all in many ways. Stop being hateful and put yourself in this situation.

My thoughts are with all of the familes affected by ALL of these disasters.

Posted by AB September 17, 08 01:29 PM

OMG!!! Global Warming is a myth. If not, someone please explain to me the carbon footprint that caused the ice to melt from the iceage. Good grief!!! The 1900 hurricane...the tsunami and earthquake in Alaska in the 60's...earthquakes in California, forest fires, tornadoes in the about Noah's flood? Was that global warming too? People....get a life and quit blaming government and people for NATURAL disasters!!! GOD is sovereign, and HE is the only one who can control weather.
The only thing that Global warming make AL GORE and the likes of him RICH!
This hurricane was a natural disaster...and just that....a DISASTER for all those who were in it's path, not just the Gulf Coast but those in Cuba, Haiti and the inland states of the USA that caught the aftermath. Now, Ike has passed...and its time to get braced and prepared for the next storm or disaster. That is how it has been from the beginning of time. Remember the Dinosaurs....was their extinction caused by global warming too?? and Dang the government for not doing something about it before we lost all those poor dinosaurs!!!
now.....see how STUPID that sounds?

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 01:30 PM

I have thanked God for not being affected by this large storm and prayed for the ones who were affected by it.

Hopefully, people who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ that went through this disaster, will repent for all their sins, turn to him, and re start their remaining lives as more events will come to pass. The next one may be a killer plague of major porportions or a very large earthquake in one of our metropolitan cities.

May the Lord Bless and keep all those who had to suffer in this event.

Posted by Bill Waggoner September 17, 08 01:30 PM

Thanks from Houston for all your positive comments and prayers. I live on the southwest side, so we did not sustain any of this kind of damage. But the impact remains - stores and restaurants are still not open, there are still hour-long waits at the police-monitored gas stations, and we are still under a curfew from midnight to 7 am (City of Stafford). My office is downtown and we are still unable to report to work. These disasters have quite far-reaching impacts, long after they have blown through the area.

My husband and I had grown up in Florida so we know all too well how to prepare for a hurricane. We have enough food and water, and we only lost power for a short time. We were very lucky.

If anyone thinks this sort of thing can be "prevented" by ANY means, well you're just nuts. You cannot fool with Mother Nature.

Posted by Susan C September 17, 08 01:31 PM

Scary and ugly portrayed so beautifully

Posted by Abdus Saleem September 17, 08 01:31 PM

Thanks from Houston for all your positive comments and prayers. I live on the southwest side, so we did not sustain any of this kind of damage. But the impact remains - stores and restaurants are still not open, there are still hour-long waits at the police-monitored gas stations, and we are still under a curfew from midnight to 7 am (City of Stafford). My office is downtown and we are still unable to report to work. These disasters have quite far-reaching impacts, long after they have blown through the area.

My husband and I had grown up in Florida so we know all too well how to prepare for a hurricane. We have enough food and water, and we only lost power for a short time. We were very lucky.

If anyone thinks this sort of thing can be "prevented" by ANY means, well you're just nuts. You cannot fool with Mother Nature.

Posted by Susan C September 17, 08 01:31 PM

Robert C - # 1086
I suppose all of California living in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault should move also?? People living in the areas where wildfires exist should also move? Robert, you, my friend, are a blithering moron!

Posted by Carlos Daigle September 17, 08 01:32 PM

God just called...he said that it will take a while for him to respond to your pleas because he evacuated and is currently waiting in line at a gas station in Schulenburg, Texas.

P.S. He sends his love....

Posted by Mr. Yeti September 17, 08 01:32 PM

Unbelievable, beyond comprehension. Nature has again shown what is in charge !! No amount of "blind faith" can change that.

Posted by June C onnors September 17, 08 01:33 PM

where are all the countries that we helped with borrowed money. where are honda, bmw and all the other co. we made rich? BUY AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by D. MAYNE September 17, 08 01:34 PM

God have mercy on us all and to the Texan s who endured --May God Bless

and keep you from more harm.

Posted by barb c September 17, 08 01:34 PM

I have read a lot of these comments as I sit here in tears after looking at these pictures. I do think most Texans are very proud people. They WILL pick up the pieces and move on without asking for help. THOSE are the people I want to help. My heart is with everyone that was effected by Ike. God bless!

Posted by Malissa September 17, 08 01:34 PM

Well said #1104. There are so many people that are in total darkness and are not expected to get electricity in some areas until the first of October. It's very sad to see Galveston and Chrystal Beach right now. Many of our friends lost their homes whether it was there on the coastline or further into Houston area. I have to say one thing we will work harder than ever to bring back our area to the way it was or better. We will not live off FEMA forever like some still do (and that's a fact). They are still trying to recover bodies that I know of on Boliver but some are said to have washed out to the Gulf. Some of those people that did stay didn't have money to leave or were elderly and have been there for ages weathering out the storms. God Bless everyone.

Posted by Upset in Texas September 17, 08 01:36 PM

Lord please bless those poor soles affected by Ike.

Posted by Richard Garneau September 17, 08 01:37 PM

i am a katrina refugee, i feel your pain, may god bless you all

Posted by GLENN WILD September 17, 08 01:37 PM

Being a Florida resident who went through the terror of Andrew and then Wilma, and then Faye with her flooding, I thank god that we have never been hit as hard as Ike has hit the gulf coast....I pray everytime there is a storm headed toward us. Ike could have very well hit Florida so am grateful we missed this one....Now, we just have to pray there is no more storms this year to cause such devastation....I certainly understand why people did not leave.....We have pet parrots, cats and a dog and I just can't imagine anywhere I could go quickly with all lf them......I will NEVER leave them behind, so we will just hunker down when we have to an pray for the best.

Posted by Joy in Florida September 17, 08 01:37 PM

My Prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God be with all Texas.

Posted by Lina September 17, 08 01:39 PM

My prayers go out to the families and businesses that have been so forever changed by this horrific storm. May God bring His peace to all who call on His name

Posted by Troy Mansfield September 17, 08 01:39 PM

OH my.... Poor people lost their beautiful life and expernice until got ugly expernices. I know it is very scary to get expernice being lost everything. That's HORRORABLE! But I need to let you know... See everything happenes so WEIRDS on the world that's mean Jesus will coming very very soon, Yes, I am serious. Because Earth get sicker by Satan caused everything by dieases spreading, doing evils, damages too many. I wish we can rid of Satan out on this earth so earth will be peaceful we will be huge happiness. I know we cant do anything by powerful mother natures. Poor people! But Grateful that people is coming to helping and cleaning and rebuilding new ones but please dont near the ocean. Be wisedom places. Praying for all of you who heartwrenchs to get heal.

Posted by Carol September 17, 08 01:40 PM

God will get the glory out of all of this! Trouble dont' last always!
Ecclesiastes 7:14

Posted by reginald dye September 17, 08 01:40 PM

Great pictures of a very sad time for Louisiana and Texas. Thank you for sharing. God blessed me and my home in this one and many of my friends and families and we're grateful to the good Lord. We have Prayed a lot and continue Praying and thanking God. I'm sorry for the people who have sustained major loss and please know many of God's children are Praying for you. It goes to show that there are some things that we have no control over regardless of who we are, where we live, what nationality we are, or our social status, so people should be nicer to each other and stop all of the murdering and stealing. Thank you.

Posted by Darlene in Nassau Bay September 17, 08 01:40 PM

i agree with

Posted by ?? September 17, 08 01:40 PM

Where are the presidential nominees, where is the leadership style they brag about. both have ties to the senate, the presidents ear. why was there an elderly woman walking with her disabled child 6 flipping miles for 2 bags of ice and a couple of MRE'S. Nominees, have you tasted an MRE lately in your political trail lately? Why are we spending billions in rebuilding a country that wont use there own oil money and yet our fellow Americans suffer. is it only me?? God bless those that are suffering as our leaders, sadly, that we elected, arent in the front handing out meals, providing federal funds in OUR FEDERAL LAND!

Posted by Sal September 17, 08 01:41 PM

It's very sad to see the devastation from Ike but I have to say that the people that don't have any compassion for the people affected and left homeless must have lost their hearts somewhere. Sure it's easy to say that it's not safe to have a home near the water but even if people were mistaken to build homes there, and I'm not saying it was, come on people ! let's not be cruel too. Is it really necessary to cut them down when they are already ruined and at the lowest point in their lives ?
I hope your own lives are perfect and you never make a mistake that you need to reach out for help and compassion and love from others.

Posted by Pained soul September 17, 08 01:42 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by Ike. There is no reason to challenge and blame each other with fault. Just do what you can to support our people and governments as we help these souls get back on sturdy footing. I have been watching this storm since it hit Haiti and I am sickened with each photo. But, this is life on Earth and we do what we can to survive. This life is a school with many classrooms. Learn to be what you can be best at and to help those you can. We are accepting evacuees in our area and helping kids get into our schools now just as we did with Rita and Katrina. There is help here, no condemnation. God Bless Us, Each and Every One!

Posted by BrianF and Family in Waxahachie Texas September 17, 08 01:43 PM

hola, soy de argentina y la verdad que estas imagenes no llegan a nuestro pais. es verdaderamente increible todas las fotos, parecen de una pelicula. Pero tambien creo que deberian usar conocimientos en este tipo de cosas en vez de asesinar gente fuera de su pais
creo que seria de mas ayuda

Posted by kevin September 17, 08 01:43 PM

The first pciture says it all....the damage, devastation and yet the survival of one of God's creatures. I wonder if the horse is still alive. I remember seeing a picture of a white horse taken by someone in a helicopter in New Orleans standing in the middle of a highway. When they flew over again a few days later, the horse had died where it stood. How profound is that.

Posted by Patricia September 17, 08 01:44 PM

#'s 56, 59 and 91 comments are dead on.
#326 and the like, PLEASE!! Get real. Maybe we should all PRAY HARDER

Posted by Tammy September 17, 08 01:44 PM

I live in far west Houston.I stayed home during the storm and was on the good side of the storm.Good side,yeah right.The noise from the storm was just so loud,we could not sleep.I have no shingles left on my house and have water damage.The destruction is just to much to fathom.Pictures are great but an eye witness to the deatruction leaves you speecless.We in Houston like other hurricane struck places are all pulling together and rebuilding untill the next one,if any.The experience is very tiresome and draining on a person.We are all worn out and tired but will carry on.Thanks for your time.

Posted by Mike Birchard September 17, 08 01:45 PM

You know we always will ask why did they build in areas that could possibly be in any danger of being destoried by fires such as in mountians areas, earth quakes will hit any were so were is it safe to rebuild. I have a brother and sister-in-law who live just south east of Huston and about 30 miles from the coast and they have damage to thier home, but we can and will rebuild. My heart goes out to all of the people that have lost everything they owned no matter what caused the losses.

Posted by Terry Lee Kistler September 17, 08 01:47 PM

There was devastation in many counties in Texas and Western parishes in Louisiana. So we all wonder where is the outcry from all the politicians, movie stars, and so called Reverends. There won't be any! We pick ourselves up and move on and recover. We ain't gonna sit there with our hands out. Hopefully we won't have to listen anymore about Hurricane Katrina refugee's, and all takers that live in that dump.

Posted by Joe September 17, 08 01:47 PM

How aweful are people that judge. There are so many good people in both Louisiana and Texas. In 2005, we lived in the suburbs of North Houston and had to deal with my family in SW Louisiana losing everything from Rita only a mere couple of weeks after the New Orleans area was devastated by Katrina. Now we are back in SW Louisiana to experience yet again a major blow to Cameron Parish and once again some of my family are without homes.

I also have many life-long friends in Galveston without homes, friends in the surrounding areas of Houston still without electricty and not knowing when they'll be able to work to support their families.

We will do everything in our power to help those in need. This is such a bad situation all of them are in. Prayers and good thoughts to each and everyone affected. What an amazing sight to see our coastal area (LA and TX) pulling together in support, love, and prayer.

To those being negative and reflecting your attitude, get a life and be thankful it isn't you because you never know what devastation awaits you.

Posted by cajungirl September 17, 08 01:47 PM
1178. necrezut..................foarte ,foarte nasol...................

Posted by sorin September 17, 08 01:48 PM

People, finance the Red Cross to help the most needy at this time...until they can begin to help themselves once more!

Posted by djones September 17, 08 01:49 PM

These pictures prove that a hurricane of any category can be devastating. My prayer go out to everyone.

Posted by Sam September 17, 08 01:49 PM

Amazing photos! During Gustav, the Navy had two ships that rode out the storm off the coast from New Orleans to offer assistance. I wonder where those two ships were during Dolly and Ike? If you elect to live below sea level and not leave, then too bad. And then re-elect that idiot Mayor Nagin. At least they've got a new governor with some sense. I've lived on the Texas coast my whole life. This is part of the deal. No different than living in Tornado Alley, earthquakes in CA, etc. God Bless the folks in Galveston and God Bless Texas!!!

Posted by Mac September 17, 08 01:49 PM

So Sad........My heart goes out to all those people

Posted by Vicki September 17, 08 01:49 PM

My name is Pam Adams and the house in Gilchrist all by itself (Yellow w/blue roof) belongs to me and my husband Warren...I named my home FANTASEA....moved into it only 17 months ago., and sweated many days on the construction which took 13 months to build .I do not know why it is the only one standing, my heart is so heavy knowing that all my neighbors have lost their homes. Many memories have been made in Gilchrist, we always said that it was our little slice of heaven....

Posted by Pam Adams September 17, 08 01:51 PM

Was the hurricane that hit at the turn of the century as strong?

Posted by david cornelius September 17, 08 01:52 PM

To poster # 1149 - Carlos Daigle.

No...we don't expect you to move. Please stay, I mean it...stay. Thank you. more thing - Jesus loves you too!

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 01:52 PM

All will come to past. God bless. Love you all and thanks to our Arm forces, FEMA, Firefighters and community people, neighors.

Posted by Dwuna September 17, 08 01:53 PM

#1099 that was truly moving nothing could be more devistating. My thoughts and prayers.

Posted by anonny mouse September 17, 08 01:54 PM

God bless America Now let's clean up the mess!!

Posted by Deb September 17, 08 01:54 PM

I am sick of small minded people who have no idea what it is to have a devastation like this to happen to people. I followed Ike track the whole time fearing that Texas or Louisiana would be hit. My daughter lives in Houston and I live in Metairie right outside New Orleans. I was very upset when the Mayor of Galveston told the people to leave and so many didn't. Houston did not have a mandatory evacuation so my daughter stayed which was very upsetting for me. In the lower line of Louisiana most people have lived there all there lives and know they have to evacuate anytime a storm is coming. They go back because it is there livelyhood. Most of the people along the coast are fisherman, its all they know. I am very thankful that Louisiana has finally put a Govener like Jindal who will make a difference for us. Sometime we make choices where to live and many times its where we were born and raised. There is some kind of problems all over the United States that cause devastation for people. At least here we get fair warning to GET OUT. I heard several news cast here in Louisiana that invited the people of Texas to come to New Orleans for refuge. I tried myself to get my daughter and her friends to come here but she said they didn't have a mandatory evacuation so they where going to stay. I know the Texas people are strong minded and will rebuild and are willing to get their HANDS DIRTY like so many have commented. After 20 years of being hit so bad makes you very ready to get down and working. After Katrina just 3 yreas ago and being hit with Gustav 3 years later the people here in Louisiana will be getting their HANDS DIRTY again for years to come. And YES we do get our hands dirty not everyone is on welfare here, we own homes and business and want to rebuild our lives again. My heart and prays go out to the people who lose everything for I know JUST HOW THEY FEEL. So lets stop comparing everyone from Louisiana and Texas devastation is devastation. Mississippi and Texas are our sister states and we here in Louisiana know what something like this is to deal with. These people need our prays and support now.

Posted by Cynthia September 17, 08 01:55 PM

With relatives in New Orleans, Florida and North Padre Island, Texas, I pray daily for their saftey. It is unbelievable to look at this damage and not feel gutt-wrenching terror for all who live along the coastal areas when warnings come out. PLEASE HEED THEM. Stuff can be replaced but lives can not. God Bless All of you!

Posted by Carol Spriggs September 17, 08 01:56 PM

To #307, KMc


Posted by CK, NOLA September 17, 08 01:56 PM

#155 Amen sister!!

Posted by Stephanie September 17, 08 01:57 PM

Sometimes I think we serioulsy under estimate mother nature & the impact that she can leave. My thoughts & prayers are with those who have suffered a tremendous loss!

Posted by Misty September 17, 08 01:57 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 01:57 PM

It brought tears to my eyes ...
and here I thought my house get the most damages!!!
Thank you for posting .
God bless us all.

Posted by Little Brook September 17, 08 01:59 PM

My heart goes out to the people who are devastated by the hurricanes and flooding. But, some of this we could see coming, like the ones who build on the shoreline along the gulf coast. If they are going to choose to build in a risky area along the shoreline then they should have to take all of the risk ... not rely on the government to bail them out when the next hurricane comes through. All homeowners throughout the nation have to pay higher insurance premiums because the insurance companies pass along the cost of these claims to everyone. These people shouldn't be building their homes in the path of hurricanes, at least not along the shoreline. If they want to take the risk then they should be willing to accept the financial risk.

Posted by John September 17, 08 01:59 PM

I think the people that stayed to "ride it out" should have to pay to be rescued. Shame on them...putting the brave rescuers at risk. Fine them, charge them something, or just leave them there to "ride it out" the rest of the way.

Posted by Connie September 17, 08 01:59 PM

My thoughts an prayers also go out to all of the souls that had to go through this storm. I live on the East Coast of North Carolina and have seen my shares of storms...., and Thank God every day for the Blessings He has shown me and my loved ones.
Hang in there Texas...., our hearts and prayers are with you.

Posted by G. Pye September 17, 08 01:59 PM

I would like everyone to be aware of the fact that if you housed a Katrina vitim after the storm, you were able to get a tax deduction on your federal income tax. There was no such deduction for Rita vicitms. Both my mother and brother were homeless after Rita. They both lived with me and my husband. My husband's neice and her family lost their home also. They lived with an aunt. I cannot understand why they would allow a deduction for one storm and not another.

I would also like to point out this was not mentioned ( as far as I know) on mainstream media.

Posted by Faith September 17, 08 02:00 PM

How horrible for those people. It is hard to imagine what they must be feeling. My good thoughts go to them.

Posted by jean smoker September 17, 08 02:00 PM

these are great photos it just make it real as to what happened over there.

Posted by bj September 17, 08 02:01 PM

I am so very sorry for the devestation and suffering these folks have to deal with. It is amazing the destruction this event has caused.

Still, as many have written previously, we continue to set ourselves up for failure by allowing growth in areas that are doomed to be destroyed. How can a government; city, state, federal, allow growth in these types of areas? When will we learn? When will we get to the root cause? Which is, we should not be developing in areas that are below sea level, in areas that WILL flood, in areas that we KNOW will be negatively affected as in the case of hurricanes.

The billions of dollars that are spent on cleanup could mostly be avoided. Sure, there are needs to have some commerce on the cost, and there will need to be some bailouts, but the insanity that we have allowed along our coasts is just asking for trouble. Mother Nature does not care, is not selective and will do what she does. To expect nothing to happen or worse yet, to expect governement agencies to protect you is also wrong.

You made the choice, you should live with the consequences. Bottom-line, our governement should not allow the greed of developers to superseed common sense and responsibility. It is a given that if we allow these coastal areas to grow naturally, that natural habitat would do more to protect the inland areas than anything we humans can build.

I get that it is wonderful to sip your coffee at sunrise on the beach. It is calm, relaxing, and beautiful. Still, there is a price to pay for that and to expect the rest of us to cover your loss when you failed to understand the consequences is not fair. I do have sympathy, I do feel for those that suffer. But reality says that you made a poor choice and our governement allowed the developing and growth to occur.

So, for now, I get that you want a hand-out, afterall you were allowed to live there. But the solution is to stop allowing that to happen. To not allow destroyed areas like Galveston Island to rebuild as it will be destroyed again in the future. At some point we have to make the responsibile choices and quit zoning these areas for development. If you choose to live in areas like this, then you should be solely responsible for the cost and understand the probability that it will cost you, quite possibly, everything. But I should not have to pay for your choice....and I do now because everyone's insurance rates go up everytime something like this happens.

Yes, there are many other areas of the U.S that are prone to natural disasters, and many of these need to be protected as well. To allow building on earthquake faults is just as insane - we know it will come eventually, why take the chance? But things like tornadoes and fires and the like are not the same. And still, you have insurance to protect you for things like that. If my home is destroyed by a tornado, I fully expect to have to pay for that. The chance of that occurance is miniscule compared to the known damage a hurricane WILL cause.

We have to start acting repsonsible folks. Both the governement and us individually. God Bless those that have suffered and pray they will make some responsibile decisions going forward.

Posted by Mark C. September 17, 08 02:03 PM

People who don't evacuate after they are told they will DIE and assistance is begging to help them leave but they still don't REALLY PISS ME OFF! They deserve to stay were they are! My father is a fireman in Galveston and he had to rescue these stubborn people. It is utter and complete freakin' lunacy to stay somewhere when you are told, "If you stay, you will surely perish." This was broadcasted on the radio and the television. Get a clue, people! You would think that the world would learn something after what happened with Katrina. Jeez...

Posted by Jennifer September 17, 08 02:03 PM

Greetings all,

I offer a prayer each morning for all that have lost so much. I offer a prayer last night at the City of Shasta Lake City Council Meeting. I am a member of the council and it is very hearting to see what has happened. I want to let all know that folks in our community and the City of Shasta Lake are keeping each in our prayers.

Rod Lindsay

Posted by Rod Lindsay September 17, 08 02:03 PM

As a fellow Texan, my heart and prayers go out to the Gulf Coast families that are dealing with this disaster. As stated many times in these blogs, we will pull together, re-build and help each other every way we can. That is what we call "The Texas Way".

To those ignorant people making political statements, you need to re-evaluate your thoughts, inconsistancies and priorities. It's not about's not the Presidents fault, its not the governments fault, it's not about past mistakes, it's not a Louisiana/Texas's not anyone's fault! It is pure, plain and simple...a tragedy to which no one can be blamed.

Get off of your high horses and say a prayer for those in need, donate a few dollars or your time and hope that something like this does not ever happen to you, where you might be faced with people like yourself!!!.

God Bless Texas, the USA and our Military!!!

Posted by Jody September 17, 08 02:05 PM

I live in Corpus Christi. Ike was headed straight for our town for a couple of days. My mom lives in Rosenburg, TX (a suburb of Houston). She is fine and doing well. To be faced with a force of nature like that is devistating. The power of prayer works. I am a believer. Texans are STRONG individuals and will recover. As for New Orleans, Katrina was not only a force of nature, but a man-made mistake. Our government should help anyone of us in need. How would you feel if you were stuck out from a natural disaster and no-one came to help?

Posted by Robin September 17, 08 02:05 PM


Posted by marco urias September 17, 08 02:05 PM

Bonsoir a tous,

Je suis Française, et je vous écris depuis chez-moi.
Mon correspondant vient de me transmettre ces terribles images ...
Je compatis vraiment avec tous ceux qui habitent cette région, et qui sont victimes de cet abominable ouragan.
Je souhaite que vous obteniez de l'aide, le plus vite possible, et que tout rentre dans l'ordre au plus vite.
Avec toute ma compassion,

Posted by BROCARD GONIN September 17, 08 02:06 PM

I know how the people in texas feel,since i lost everything in hurricane katrina. with the grace of God we go onj.. My prayers are with them.

Posted by sandra September 17, 08 02:06 PM

My prayers are with you all

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 02:06 PM

This is still unreal for me. I live in Houston TX. Never imagine this happening to us. Alot of us, including me, are still without power. Pray and help us.

Posted by Laura Gates September 17, 08 02:07 PM

Just to set the record straight about Katrina and the differences between her and Ike: I was a resident of Metairie, LA which is right outside New Orleans, when Katrina passed through. Many, many of us folks here got up and cleared our own messes and put our own lives back on track. But the only people the media want to show are those that weren't willing to or those who couldn't. Just watch, Texas (my childhood home, btw), the news people will find the few of them in your state too and you'll be trying to live down the crap people in your area are saying too. Don't be so quick to judge just because you saw a handful of individuals bitching on TV. We here in Louisiana have just as much pride and willingness to help ourselves as you do. And whatever we can do to repay Texas' kindness after Katrina, we will also do. We owe a great debt to the folks in Texas who helped us all after that storm. And thankfully all my family back in Texas survived with little property loss despite their proximity to the strike zone of Ike. Like a lot of the rest of us here have said, let's dispense with the negative and let our charitable American Spirit shine through!

Posted by njk September 17, 08 02:08 PM

Picture #11...WOW...whoever built that house can build my next one!!! Or use that picture for one heck of an advertising campaign.

In all sincerity...move to Montana and spare yourself from a future tragedy like this.

Posted by CrazyEddie September 17, 08 02:08 PM

It's sad that people are comparing the two very different storms, The fact is that we all share this earth, whether we believe in God, global warning, or whatever. We all need to learn to get along with each, and take of our earth, and the people who inhabit this earth.

Posted by Teri September 17, 08 02:09 PM

These pictures are truly the best description for what occured in Texas and Haiti....words really cant describe. However as a Houstonian, I can proudly say everyone has made such a remarkable effort to work as a community. Photo Number 11 says it all pretty much. As humans we are resilient and we will overcome this. My prayers go out to all families who are finding their places and taking the first steps towards rebuilding. Thank you to all the people around the world coming to our aid. It has been remarkable how tender yet powerful the human spirit is. Warmest Sympathys...

Posted by Mia Greco September 17, 08 02:10 PM

What can we do to help???

Posted by Lisa September 17, 08 02:11 PM

Everyone is in my prayers.

Posted by Jana September 17, 08 02:12 PM

Oh My God....

Posted by Kina_78332 September 17, 08 02:14 PM

i live in Baytown Texas (just northeast of Galveston), and the eye of IKE went right over us. If you do not believe in God, come see how we fared. Every tree i saw (which is in the hundreds) was laying next to, in front of, or away from the houses. It is an amazing sight. Many blessing came from this storm. Dont let the hype get cha.

Posted by Joe Mama September 17, 08 02:14 PM

We left Florida and came to the mountains to get away from the stress and fear of these storms...of course not everyone can just run away. My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced the devastation of a storm and I am prone to ask "what can we do to help?" I look at the destruction and feel totally helpless and yet I know there must be SOMETHING we can do for someone! Is just a prayer enough? I don't think so. Someone, please tell us what we can do to help someone who has lost everything!

Posted by Vangie Rich September 17, 08 02:15 PM

God's blessing upon all who endured loss in the recent storms. We all face at one time or another a 'storm'- be it from a hurricane, tornado, ice storm, earthquake, 9/11. We are all vulnerable. My prayer is that those involved this time can find comfort and the courage to move forward rebuilding their lives.

Posted by Connie, Bouligny, New Orleans September 17, 08 02:15 PM

My prayers are with you all. God Bless you all.

Posted by Luis D.Gonzales September 17, 08 02:15 PM

and you people still deny Global Warming?

No one denies Global Warming exists. But here is a news flash for you! It existed before we humans did. You see, I'll talk slowly here for you, the climate is ALWAYS changing. Mostly due to the sun's activity. But to flat out attribute it just to humans is unscientific, untrue, and ridiculous. To assume that you can control the climate is more than ridiculous, it is stupid. Stop drinking the koolaid. The Global Warming scaremongers are fueled by money and politics, not science.

Posted by Julia September 17, 08 02:18 PM

Thankyou #169. Wonderfully stated.

Posted by Teresa September 17, 08 02:18 PM

My heart goes out to these folks.... I have a room here in Vegas for a Single Male....

Posted by LyriCah V. Salazar September 17, 08 02:18 PM

What devistation!!

Posted by Patricia September 17, 08 02:18 PM

LOOK: STOP the bickering and nonsense in many of the above posts ! Really...

As a Country, we are divided into many different factions and come from various races, creeds and beliefs. Let's first agree on that. That is what makes America great.

Now: given the above, let us try to agree to put those differences behind us for, at least, this moment. This is not the time or place for petty bickering and the like.

Help out the folks in need, as if you were hit with the same travesty yourself. Put your efforts into that, instead of negative bashes of an assumed enemy (or responses to those attacks).

Everyone has a right to believe what he or she wants. Everyone, HOWEVER, has an obligation to help out fellow human beings in need. If you were saving a little girl drowning in the storm's wake, would you let her hand go once you realized she was Black ?! I hope to God not. Vice-versa - if you are an African-American citizen and the girl you are pulling out of the flow is caucasian, do you let her hand slide and let her go with the water ? No. You wouldn't do that. What if he or she was a rich White person who didn't believe in God !? Come ON. Y'all know you would do the RIGHT thing. You would. 99% of folks are good.

So, in summary, please forget the minor differences in race, religion, past and just be a kind human being. Your Parents would be proud, your family will be proud and you will sleep better at night. Thanks and all take care...

Posted by Steve Quenville September 17, 08 02:19 PM

I am from houston but currently living in Sherman Texas, my family and friends still live in houston, so my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was affected by this!! I love my home town of houston and pray that things get better soon!

Posted by Kassidy Cooke September 17, 08 02:19 PM

#248 George W. Bush is from New Haven Connecticut, he is NOT a Texan. So please, so not judge all of us Texans by the actions of a man from Connecticut.

Secondly, my heart goes out to my fellow Texans (I am currently in Dallas). We will pull together and pull through, this is what we do.

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 02:22 PM

son increibles las fotos, sobre todo la que esta sacada a 220 mls de la tierra

Posted by osvaldo hurovich September 17, 08 02:23 PM

My heart broke to see these terrible pictures.......

Posted by Joan September 17, 08 02:23 PM

I like what Jody just said (#1202). Can you run for President Please?

Posted by Tree September 17, 08 02:24 PM

i am from galliano, la (30 miles from grand isle. i thought we had it bad untill i seen these photos. my heart breaks for all the residence in texas including my family and freinds their. my prayers go out to all whom have been affected by hurricane gustav and ike. may GOD BLESS US ALL!

Posted by TOYA COLLINS September 17, 08 02:25 PM

Coffins lifted from their graves, hard to imagine anything so powerful. My prayers for all of those affected by this horrific storm.Great pictures,i hope people get all the help they need and soon.

Posted by Ben B September 17, 08 02:27 PM

My heart just breaks for all the animals/pets that were left behind. They are so innocent and they don't understand why they are left on their own to fend for themselves.

Posted by Colette September 17, 08 02:27 PM

those pictures where devastating!! it really shows you what mother nature can do!! my heart and prayers go out to all the families involved. and SHAME on all of you commenting on who or which state put out more with helping those in need!! in times like this it really doesn't matter!! it's really not good to boast or brag, everyone should be equal with disasters and distress. things like this can happen to anyone in any state. it's pitiful really!! thats why the world is the way it is, because of idiotic, arogant, self absorbed, greedy, stupid people. Excuse me but, ya'll all need prayer, i'm just speechless really... but anyway those pictures really show you what GOD can do! god bless everyone involved!!!

Posted by jessica p. September 17, 08 02:27 PM

God bless everyone in need. And even God bless those who cannot help but place blame or make negative comparisons. We all bleed and need in the same way. No one wishes for natural destruction.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected!

Posted by CK September 17, 08 02:28 PM

Everyone in Texas has made the point clear. We are resiliant here and we will not be on the news crying and whining because of what happened. We get together and get things done. We are all hard working people that do not depend on a walfare check for someone to take care of our 20 kids. We get up and get things done. That is why Texas is always the most powerful state in anything, hands down. Anyone in Houston that is going to be on the news complaining about anything (sadly enough) are people that were given a free house from Oprah after the storm and are from New Orleans. And I must also point out that NO was not the only place hit by Katrina, it was only focused on because of the media wanting to make the government look bad. And for the record, NO said they would open the doors that they could for us. The mayor of Houston so no, its in the path as well, but most residents of Houston do not want anything to with that city, because of the sheer disrespect and crime that fleed into their city. They actually refused to let them come to Houston during Gustav.
These pictures are worth a thousand words. Im going down to help with debris removal as early as tomorrow. I was there with the firefighters in NO to help with search and rescue. I tell ya, there is nothing like finding people floating down the street, while you are getting shot at by a man with 52 inch plasma tv that he stole out of a store, right in front of you.
And i also must ad, that it is how harder to get people to actually donate because of all of the fraud that came out of Katrina.
Thank you for the pictures

Posted by Melissa Johnson September 17, 08 02:29 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with EVERYONE hit by this storm. I have family in the Beaumont area as well as friends in other low places. I hope all is well

Posted by Laura September 17, 08 02:32 PM

I think these photos say it all, we must respect mother nature and know that we stand at her mercy. God bless all the workers out there that are trying to get everything back to normal or as normal as they can get it. Our hats and hearts go out to all of the workers and their families at this time and all the other times they stood up and performed their duties before.

Posted by Wanda Fisher September 17, 08 02:33 PM

I reside in Cypress , Texas a suburb outside of Houston.
I am blessed and thankful that my house did not sustain any damages other than a broken tree and sections of my gate blown down. My prayers goes out to ALL who have lost something or someone to this castastrophe. Psalm 121, Psalm 91

Posted by Barbara Perryman September 17, 08 02:35 PM

Truly amazing photos! As a land use planner, I have to comment on #11, and I hope this doesn’t come off as too “preachy” and that people understand the importance of what I’m trying (however ineptly) to say. Why do you think that house is still standing – is it because the land use codes in that area only called for 8’ elevation and the house still standing built to 12’ or 20’? -- maybe it was because the house had a better foundation, or concrete piers, or a steel frame. (Thanks to Judi Dotson for her comment @ #546 – I found it as I was trying to find where to post mine.) For those of us in the planning/zoning world, I hope that the picture speaks to officials and the people that will need to rebuild in this area. Please put in strong land use codes. Land use codes are notoriously unpopular, but they are instituted for the public’s protection – at least give people who invest in flood and storm surge prone (not to mention fire, mudslide and earthquake prone) areas a chance to protect the investments they make there. New Orleans – are you listening?

For all those commenters that say you cannot support a structure on concrete piers – maybe you should think about that the next time you plan to cross a bridge. For those of you who think flood insurance is the answer – I think it’s limited to $250,000, and when flood insurance pays, it’s really paid by the federal government (aka everyone who pays taxes).

Good luck and best wishes to all-- the support staff there to help people affected by this devastation and the people themselves – try to stay positive. Remember that the Red Cross is supported 100% by private donations- they will be on the scene, but they will need your dollars in order to accomplish the pile of work in front of them.

Posted by Alett September 17, 08 02:36 PM

And some people say there is no God!!????

Posted by becky September 17, 08 02:36 PM


Posted by KEITH SHETTY September 17, 08 02:36 PM

I found the pictures very touching.
My thoughts and prayers are with all who have suffered.
I live in North Central Florida and I just can't imagine what everyone is
going through emotionally.
May God Bless you,

Posted by Shirlene September 17, 08 02:37 PM

i live in houston,tx on the northwest side of town, one thing i will say is yeah we will rebuild and move forward, galveston will too and we have alot of support from each other to get us through, i run a truckign company for the oilfield and we never stopped moving equipment, we have alot of go getters here....and we are here if they need us...

Posted by casey cornman September 17, 08 02:37 PM

I live in Prairieville, Louisiana. Baton Rouge and its surrounding parishes were hit ,and hit hard by Gustav. Nobody seems to remember Gustav. It was only 2 weeks ago. Our little state and what we endured have been totally ignored by the news. All of you should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by Janet Kliebert September 17, 08 02:38 PM

Amazingly captured. My prayers goes out to all the victims. God Bless!

Posted by Marvin Adams, Bangalore, India. September 17, 08 02:40 PM

#715 said it all. We all need to bow our heads and pray. We all need to join together as fellow americans and neighbors and help one another. Just like we did on 9/11 during the terriorist attact when we all became one.

I live about 15 min inland from Surfside TX. I am still without power, but my home still stands. I am very blessed. All of my family is safe and we have food and water. Most of the people I know are in the same situation right now. I have never seen such a pulling together as my neighbors have done. From cooking, to cleaning up each others yards. It has brought us all much closer and there will always be a bond there. I love my neighbors. I never imagined I would do my laundry at my neighbors house! I know people think we are crazy for living here on the Gulf Coast, but why does anyone live anywhere? Its because its your home! We love the beaches and fishing etc. Pluse the chemical industry is here. The list is endless!

May God Bless all of you who are going through these hard times, and who have lost so much. And may God bless those who are praying for us, and who are donating your time, money and food etc. to help those in need.

God Bless us all.

Posted by St September 17, 08 02:40 PM

I just thank God my family and my friends are still all alive and healthy.I can live without electrcity and hot food,but not without the people I love.I am sorry that some people lost more in this storm.I know it has not been easy for everyone. Give it time and those gas lines will disappear and you will be able to get back to your normal lives and having fun with the people that mean the most to you.I do not feel you can compare Texas to Louisianna.I would not want to have been in New Orleans when Katrina went through.A lot of people lost their loved ones.I feel Blessed to have just had to loose a fence and patio cover and four days with no electricity. Life goes on people........God has Blessed our Family!

Posted by M.Meem September 17, 08 02:40 PM

For what it's worth, I can't wait to see the entire gulf coast rebuilt. Many areas are very beautiful and provide a lovely place to visit and vacation. And what about the seafood industry? And the refineries? The list goes on and on. Yes, it's risky living on the coast. But please tell me where my safety from a natural disaster is a certainty. I don't believe that such a place exists. I love the Gulf Coast and am very sad to see the distruction cause by ALL of the hurricanes that have battered the coast over the last decade. I only hope that we rebuild responsibly. Build stronger and build up. And by all means, heed the warnings to evacuate. I can't wait to visit Galveston again. Hopefully Galveston will have recovered enough to host Dickens on the Strand this year. If so, you can bet that I will be there, pouring money into the Galveston economy while having a fabulous time. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Carlyn Rider September 17, 08 02:41 PM

I am beside myself looking at these photos. I have gone to Crystal Beach every year for the last several years and to see what is left breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this hurricane. I have several family members in Lufkin, TX still without power and my heart breaks for them as well. I say we need to bring in all the man power available and rebuild everything we can!
I wish I could be there to help any way possible.

Posted by Lyndsi Clark September 17, 08 02:41 PM

Wow, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected.

Posted by Tamra September 17, 08 02:42 PM

Did anyone suffer more than Job as recorded in the Old Testament? His wife was disgusted with God and suggested that he curse God and die. He could have, but he chose a higher plane. His only reply was: "God gives and God takes away, Blessed be the name of the Lord." As a result of his faith, in the end God blessed him with double and more than double of all that he had in the beginning.

These times of trial and tribulation serve to test the faith of those that are called and they are assured that "All Things" will work together for good for those who are callled and live to fulfill the purposes of God. God will never allow the load to be so heavy that his people dan not bear up under the load.

Posted by John Vandiver September 17, 08 02:42 PM

#1086 – talk about ignorance!!! You may be the most ignorant we have heard from yet. Don’t live on the coast!! Do you have no clue as to the vital function of ports to any country? And if there is a port, someone has to work there and live there…

As far as the Federal Government paying for anything, you are listening to the liberal press again, spreading their big government propaganda that everyone is dependant on the government. Naughty, naughty. I cannot speak for Louisiana, but an overwhelming majority of Texans will call the insurance companies (who they have individually paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to in premiums over the last 25 years), will pay rent on some temporary accommodation until they rebuild, or cut the trees off their house, fix the holes, clean away the debris, patiently wait on electricity to be restored, wait in long lines to get gas, go to work every day and will pay for this in it’s entirety. Those that scream for government aid are the same ones who believe simply being born entitles them to the good life. They expect the tax payers to subsidize their incomes anyway, storm or no storm. Many of the loudest lost nothing in the storm. They are the self appointed panic pimps, who pretend they are coming to the rescue of these unfortunate souls…but their real motivation is their political agenda.

Everything we do is based on acceptable risk. Driving a car on our roadways is one of the most dangerous things you will ever do. Why would you drive a car when we kill 30,000 people every year and maim another half a million. Yet we do it over and over, day after day. Some are willing to take the risk of living in coastal areas for a good job in a booming economy, rather than play it safe and make substantially less.

As far as the federal government going broke, you think this is because of hurricanes and natural disasters?? You need some medication, and quick!!!

Posted by Boyd C September 17, 08 02:43 PM

In response to #288. It's obvious you have not heard your tax money is going to a far away country called iraq. And for that matter, much of our tax dollars go to the people who come to this country illegally to find a better life. As for not feeling bad for the unfortunate people effected by ike, it only shows they didn't teach compassion in the house you were raised in. And in your case, they didn't teach spelling either. I feel sorry for you and people like you. You drank from the same kool aid pitcher. wow ! You should be ashamed of yourself. May God help you find a heart with blood running through it.

Posted by kj williamson September 17, 08 02:44 PM

I am amazed at not only the hatred and bigotry, but also the stupidity and ignorance of a lot of posts on here. I live in north Louisiana. The proclaimed atheists who use this as their forum to debate whether Got exists, and anyone that doesnt share their views they call stupid. People like those are as vacant and empty as they are ignorant and worthless. Also the post #33, the man that took this tragedy as an opportunity to make public a grudge held with Louisiana. Calling Louisiana a failed welfare state, and consisting of people of not wanting to get their hands dirty. Sir, I know plenty of Louisianans that would love to get their hands dirty, and did after Katrina and Gustav, and I know a bunch of worthless Texans. I care deeply about my state, and cared deeply about New Orleans when Katrina and Gustav hit. I feel the same about Houston and the surrounding areas, and would not say one disparaging thing about the residents. I will say Im praying for them and hope only that they recover, and do so quickly.
I am amazed and saddened at the pictures shown above, really puts things in perspective. For the rest of you that just want to spread hate, stupidity, bigotry and lies, go f--k off.

Posted by Anonymous September 17, 08 02:44 PM

Not to take away from the devestation in Texas, but 99% of the homes in Galveston are built off the ground. Maybe they don't have building codes as strict as we do here on the Gulf Coast (Miss). Maybe it's time they do. After Katrina we didn't start screaming for food stamps. We ate out of freezers before food went bad. We pooled all the food on our block and had 1 big kitchen in someone's garage and ate together as a family. We didn't wait for the government to come and start cleaning up. We got in there and started cleaning up our houses by ourselves. No I don't live on the beach and I don't live in a flood zone. I live in the middle of town where I had 4 feet of water outside and 2 feet inside my home. I am 32' above sea level. And our city still doen't have a grocery store. We have to go 4 miles down the road to a big Super Walmart. Our elderly would like just a small store to shop. So people stop crying and pull up your big girl drawers.

Posted by MM Smith September 17, 08 02:45 PM

Well, it's been an entertaining four (five?) days so far. Today the gas lines were merely terrible and I drove 40 miles to find a station that the lines were reasonable. I would personally rather drive an hour than wait half that long in line... but I'm an impatient man. Hopefully the lines will be only "irritating" by the weekend!

Grocery stores are still half-stocked and the lines are just bloody silly. Restaurants here are opening up and they are packed!

No electricity as of yet, no clue as to when we'll get it. We drove Monday to Texarkana (about 250 miles) to get a generator and buy groceries and stock up on (Some would say horde) gasoline. (I'm posting this on the laptop, hooked up to the generator, with an internet connection through my cell phone).

AND We are thankful that we're that well off. These pics show just how devastating this storm was for those in the surge zone.

Good luck to everybody!

To those who are questioning WHY the Federal Govt must help those who are affected by this (and previous and future) storms, well, I hope you grow a heart some day. If our government can help everyone else in the world, why shouldn't it help American citizens?

Posted by Todd in Humble, Texas September 17, 08 02:45 PM

ppl stop building homes near the shore line!!!!!!

Posted by kmalik September 17, 08 02:45 PM

I am a native Texan - born, raised - and no matter how big our "Texas Pride" is, our generosity is even bigger. We helped out NOLA in the aftermath of Katrina and will continue to help aid our neighbors in Southwestern LA as well as our own in Southeast TX in the aftermath of Ike. We are a united front trying to do what's right. Not just because that's what "Texans" do - but because that's what AMERICANS do. Louisiana has been extremely generous to those Texans that fled Ike and they will lend a huge hand in helping us rebuild.

I am curious though................are any hollywood type people going to show their faces this go around like they did in NO? Where's Brad Pitt? Is he going to offer to help rebuild Galveston and make them more "green"? It's like my dad said: Everyone expects Texans to take care of their own. Guess what America? We aren't too "Prideful" to ask for help!!

Posted by American by Birth/Texan by the Grace of God September 17, 08 02:46 PM


Posted by JANIE September 17, 08 02:47 PM

I live about twelve miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, in Angleton, south of Houston. I still have no water or electricity and most of the neighbors are still gone to whee ever they went to get away. I have grown up inthis area, Clute for my youth, then Houston for work, but home keeps driving me to this area, knowing that the,well quite afew Huricanes I have stayed for, from Betty in 1958, Carla in 1961 Aliacha in the early 80's, these things will keep coming and destroying, and people who live here will keep building back, as home is where the heart is, is a simular statement as "this is my home and I will fight to keep it". I wish all the love and hope to all those effected bythis storm, but there will be others in the future. I hope more people are better prepared for this enevitable storm, but fear that many will not be mentally prepared to lose everything that they value as those thathave before, but keep one foot in front of the other and have lives, really living, rather than lay down and give up. I send love and hope to all everywhere! "E"

Posted by Ervin Ward September 17, 08 02:47 PM

To all of you that continue to bring up Katrina, whether it's a comparison stating that Katrina was much worse or just stating that you because you went through Katrina you know what this feels like because your situation was much worse, please keep your comments to yourself. This is about Texas this time, not about anyone else. I know this may come across as insensitve. But I have listened to it far too much since Ike hit and even before. "This will be like Katrina" or "This doesn't compare to Katrina". There shouldn't be a comparison. That was three years ago and we, as TEXANS, took Katrina victims in. Many of them still live in my city today. We don't need comparisons. We don't need finger pointing and will not finger point. We need everyone to pay attention to what is happening and support the Texas coast the way we came to everyone's aid before.

We are Texans. Since becoming a republic all we have ever known is standing on our own and taking care of our own. We will prevail and we will rebuild. God bless those that have supported us in our time of need.

Posted by Steve September 17, 08 02:47 PM

Thank you for all who have sent us well wishes and prayers. Luckily our family only has some roof and fence damage. Nothing compared to Galveston, Bolivar, Winnie, Gilchrist, etc.

To all the athiests out there, God bless you and keep believing in nothing if that makes you happy. To all those who blamed global warming for this hurricane, in thirty years you can blame global cooling or whatever doomsday fad you'll be caught up in by then. To those of you who blamed President Bush (I'm surprised it took until comment #96 for that to happen) I think it looked more like a hurricane from one of Rove's weather machines. Or were you just joking?

Thanks also to all of the power companies from other states that have gotten 60% of the 2+ million households that have lost electricity in just a couple of days since the storm. Thanks to the employees from Sams Club from Kansas City (and others I'm sure) who opened up some of the stores here so our employees can take care of their homes and neighbors. I'm sure there's more to be thanked but that's all I've seen so far.

Posted by Richard September 17, 08 02:48 PM

I fill sorry but i also am greatful my family wasn't in that mess .God bless Galveston and houston

Posted by Colby Adair September 17, 08 02:48 PM

opportunity for humanitarian understandings
may our politicians truly be for the people
and all of the natural worlds..

Posted by Kai September 17, 08 02:50 PM

Very Reminiscent of Hurrican Ivan that tore thru Pensacola Florida in 2004. It was my first and last Cat 3 Hurricane. Yesterday 9/16/08 was the 4 year anniversary of Ivan and my wife still gets nervous when there is thunder and lioghtening.

Posted by a man who understands September 17, 08 02:50 PM

omg....i send my thoughts and prayers out to all the victims of this horrific tragedy. this breaks my heart to see this, my family and i shared alot of memories in galveston. i will pray for the safety of the victims and rescue workers. im speechless , this has to be the most terrible thing i have ever seen, i feel for everyone in texas. god bless you all

Posted by becky jackson September 17, 08 02:53 PM

The boat, the car, and the house still standing all look real enough to me.
I looked at the shadows and reflections. I have been a professional photographer for many years and I am also adept at photoshop. I dont think those can be faked that well.
House still standing on the beach? I think that might not have been the house that originally stood there, but rather was washed back to that location by the tide as it went back out just like a big piece of drift wood.
as for those talking about acts of god, even the bible also says that time and circumstance befall us all. It doesn't make the situation any less terrible, and it also doesnt make it revenge from a supreme being.
I do think that haarp (look it up) and the melting ice caps ARE effecting the weather. My heart goes out to those struggling.
I agree with whoever said that the government needs to stop spending money rebuilding other countries, and start spending it on help to our own people whether they were hit by a hurricane, bad health without insurance, or just hit by our failing economy.

Posted by Sharon Jagger September 17, 08 02:55 PM

Having just gone through Gustav, I take offense at the statement under the first picture that claims that Ike was the f irst major storm to directlly hit a major metropolitan area since Katrina. Baton Rouge, which is the capital city of LA, lest one forget, did take a direct hit from Gustav, and still has not recovered completely, yet got very little media coverage despite the massive devastation and destruction of property, probably because there was no major flooding or crowds mugging for the cameras at the Superdome. Even during the recent aftermath, all we hear about is how lucky NO was to "dodge the bullet". Trust me, three years later, there are people who are still whining about getting no help, although they are doing little to help themselves.

Posted by Jane Doe September 17, 08 02:55 PM

Picture #9- "I know the Feeling" I know how that feels when you have to stand there and watch. I had to do the same thing with Dolly. I couldn't stop the water from entering my house, I had about two feet of water and all I could do is just stand there and watch the water rise. One thought that was in my mind was "We work so hard to have what we want and from one day to the next everything you worked for is gone". But now I sit at home and thank God that I can replace what I lost and I'm greatful that I have my son, mother, and brother here still with me. May our hearts and hopes keep all of us together as one, no matter how far we are. keep your family close and keep the faith. May God Bless us all...

Posted by Liza September 17, 08 02:55 PM

Mother nature has a way of getting our attention ! So many lifes lost and so many lifes affected. Ike made its presence in Ohio. But, after seeing these pictures. Our problems are a grain of sand, on the beach. For several days people have been calling the local radio stations and complaining about, not having any electricity, shortage of ice, many businesses closed, spiking gas prices, etc,etc,etc. I thank God to have my life and my family and my home. If you still have life and family, be thankful and in time you will have home. Pray for the people that have nothing.

Posted by Gary Street September 17, 08 02:58 PM

# 1199 you should run for President. Of course we all know that those who run the big money machines will prevail and until lately big storms like these don't happen enough to justify not buliding again. Maybe Mother Nature will change our minds someday. God Bless everyone until then.

Posted by Mary September 17, 08 03:00 PM

All I can do is to pray. I just don't know what else to do or say.

Posted by Liz September 17, 08 03:02 PM

OK, y'all, I'm in Austin and I'm kind of tired of hearing the "You people who didn't evacuate deserve what you get and should have to pay for your rescue," line.

Here, we remember a little thing called Hurricane Rita. Not long after Katrina, Rita came through and for a little while she was pointed right at my head. She was also pointed at Houston's. A mandatory evacuation order was issued, and thousands of people jammed I-10 and I-45 to get out of town. Nineteen, twenty, thirty hours later many of them were still on the road - now out of food, out of water, and out of gas. The Guard filled up trucks in Austin and just started driving down the highways towards Houston, dispensing 3-5 gallons of gas at a time to get people just a little further down the road. They took truckloads of bottled water and energy bars, and it still wasn't enough. There was no shelter from the 100-degree heat, there were no bathrooms. No place to buy food, no place to buy water. Cars just stopped, waiting for a hurricane they couldn't even get out of the way of.

People *died* during the Rita evacuation. People lost pets because they ran out of water and had to choose the dog or the kids after 25 hours on the road. One friend loaded his elderly grandmother into his elderly sedan and made a 26-hour trip with her to get her to shelter in Austin, where overcrowded school gymnasiums and auditoriums waited with no privacy, too few resources, and too many people. Luckily, he knew friends so his grandmother had her very own sofa to sleep on; he slept on the floor.

And nothing happened. The hurricane shifted course and missed them. It was all for nothing.

So when my friends who lived through the hell of the Rita evacuation, including one who lost a beloved cat to heat exhaustion that day, said to me that they were going to stay put and ride out Ike because they couldn't face that again, I didn't call them stupid or irresponsible.

It wasn't just those people who 'like to sip their coffee on the beach' who were hit. Downtown Houston flooded. Downtown Houston. Miles from the Gulf, in a major metropolitan area, with eight or ten feet of water rolling through the streets.

I'm very glad all my friends here are alive and suffered minimal property damage.

And you know, I'm not from here. I'm from Kansas. Where a year and a half ago, a tornado wiped an entire town off the map. I grew up in Missouri and lived through the 93 flooding when the Turkey Creek floodwaters put parts of Kansas City eight and ten feet under water, and the Mississippi's flood stage lapped at the base of the arch in St. Louis. I sandbagged at Rocheport before the levee broke, and my mother's brother-in-law lost hundreds of acres to flooding this spring. I have friends in California, where wildfires raged out of control and destroyed houses and mudslides levelled communities, and friends in Florida who've lost everything to hurricanes, and friends in Wyoming who've lost thousands of dollars' worth of livestock to a freak blizzard.

The world is dangerous and getting more so, and the only reasonable, sensible response is compassion.

Posted by Rowan September 17, 08 03:04 PM

Those were the most amazing terrifying images I have ever seen. God Bless those who have suffered.

Posted by T Crossland September 17, 08 03:04 PM

thank you for reporting what we are going thru (Houston)

Posted by Cindy Falcon September 17, 08 03:05 PM

I grew up on the Bolivar Peninsula east of Galveston Island...Picture #11 is on the Bolivar Peninsula in a small town named Gilchrist Texas. My sister's home WAS right across the highway from that lone house standing in Picture #11. Like everything else in that pic, her house is gone. The SUV in picture #12 WAS my brother in law's 4x4 tahoe that he couldn't get started the morning they left. He sacrificed his truck to get his work truck and family out of harms way. I'm 35 years old now...this is the FIRST time in 35 years we have experienced such devistation in our area, and since the storm of 1900 this was the first storm to do this much damage to Galveston Island. So in 108 years this hasn't happened in our area. People in the north deal with snow..people in the west deal with earth quakes and wild fires, people in the central areas deal with tornados, etc. There is no perfect place to live. Also, if it weren't for the people that live in this area, most of the US would not have oil and gas because where we live in the oil and gas capital of the US. My fiance works at what is soon to be the largest oil and gas refinery in the US, Motiva. We live here because of the industry. This is a very small peninsula where everyone knew everyone, and we all grew up together. Please don't believe everything you read or see on TV. The storm surge took everyone by surprise. At 10pm on Thursday night, after most people had gone to bed, the local government officials finally decided to call for a manditory evacuation. ( A lot of this community, Gilchrist and High Island, is low income and most people could not afford to leave their homes without the manditory evacuation due to the fact that they would not get financial assistance from the government if there was not a manditory evacuation in place in their area. Also Hurricane Gustov had just happened two weeks prior and we were manditorily evacuated for that hurricane as well, and a lot of families could not afford to leave because of that fact. I know that I personally evacuated to San Antonio and spent almost $1000 that I would not have normally spent if it had not been for that evacaution. ) Friday morning when the citizens awoke, the storm surge already had trapped the citizens that had not known about the evacaution. The whole peninsula was underwater by Friday morning, 24 hours BEFORE the storm hit. My father is a first responder on that peninsula and he was out Friday morning rescueing the people that were able to get to higher ground, High Island, Tx. This area is not getting much assistance, and most the politicians are "passing the buck" back and forth. Until just yesterday most news crews were not being allowed into this area to report on what the situation was here because the state government was not allowing reporters into this area.
In 2005 Hurricane Rita hit close to this area and we lost many many homes, but because it was so soon after Hurricane Katrina, the people that were affected by Rita were not given the same treatment as the victims of Katrina. Political? ABSOLUTELY. We heard reports day and night about the people of New Orleans, but only for a few days did you hear about the victims of Hurricane Rita. The same is happening with Hurricane Ike. They are more focused on the price of gas, and again, let me remind you, that is because this area that was hit by Ike, is the area where most gas and oil is manufactured. So if you're complaining about gas prices, stop and think about the people in this area that have lost homes, jobs, schools, memories, and LIVES. So to the people that say.."people that live in that area deserve what they get", i say...the next time you are filling your car with gas, or getting on an airplane to fly somewhere...think about where that gas is being manufactured...think about the humans that are working in those refineries to manufacture your gas...think about their homes they just lost to manufacture your gas. Be compassionate!!!

Posted by Alisha September 17, 08 03:05 PM

Our prayers are with you, from Washington State. When ever there in a disaster anywhere in the World the Lions Club International is there to help. Look for a Lions member some where and they will help you.

Funds and aid will be there from all over the Lions family, including us.

Posted by Lion Sheila Pearce September 17, 08 03:05 PM

A word from the aftermath………………
Am I Safe, OK, Survive?! Why, we are thriving!!!! Ike cannot stop us. Nor Wallstreet!
Is America the land of the “crybaby”? or the “land of opportunity”?! Remember tho, in a tropical or wallstreet hurricane, CASH IS KING!!! And only a positive attitude will rein!
I refuse to put a blue tarp on my roof,.....i think I will go with silver! Reflects more heat!
My neighbors and I have been helping out each other in all kinds of ways, and I am getting many reports of selfless service by many, all over the region. Churches, especially.
I lost 6 bricks off chimney, a post off my porch, roof damage, and 5 busted trees. One or two trees may survive.
I do have marginal water and sewer, but electricity is a wild guess. 2 days to 2 months, we were told. I don't watch TV anyway....except for bloomberg, fox, fox local, local weather news, and, ok. I watch cnn when I have to.
Friends in the elect. power grid that get power before me, will see more of me than normal!
But we were one of the lucky neighborhoods. Our area, too, got 110mph winds and we are 105 miles due North of the Coast! 90 mph as far North as Huntsville,140 miles inland.
CNN actually INCORRECTLY REPORTED that IKE had “maximum sustained winds of 80mph at landfall”. But who believes them anyway.
But no tidal surge here on lake Conroe! But the Gulf Coast got 10-25 foot storm surge up to 50 miles inland, in places like North Trinity Bay.
Over 100 miles of Texas coast looks like ground zero or the scene in the movie "The Day After". Really. That is not an exaggeration. Death toll is fairly low. Boliver Peninsula (made an island by a 100 yard cut between the bay and the gulf,50-60 years ago, was swept clean by tidal surge and then wind...only a couple of businesses were barely still standing...ground zero like. Galveston,…….they still haven’t found all the dead bodies of those who stayed, and some, they will never find. My x-wife just leased an apartment behind the San Luis Hotel, and it was totally flooded as was all of Galveston to varying depths.
On Boliver peninsula, the scene was so bad they kept the media out, probably till they could cover or remove the dead and often stripped bare bodies. Crystal Beach and Rollover Pass, are swept clean, except for debree (grew up fishing there!).
Ike's tidal surge also hit Sabine Pass near where I grew up. My church, Fellowship of the Woodlands, built a church there last year to replace the one Rita wiped out. They were having the dedication ceremony just days before IKE hit! The town was submerged by a 15-20 foot plus tidal surge, and we have had no word or news reports of any kind. I fear the worse for them.
There are many stories of previous hurricanes like the one in 1900 that destroyed Galveston and conservative estimates of 8 to 9,000 dead. The island history tours tell stories, show statistics and pictures that are hard to believe. Many stories of heroism and cowardice as well.
Rita that hit Texas right after Katrina hit Louisiana, was actual worse that Ike or Katrina. But the biased media had the story THEY wanted 3 years ago: Use Katrina to make Republicans look bad. Actually the Louisiana Gov. and New Orleans Mayor were democrats and fouled up the operations, and held up initial action by FEMA and the National Guard, and aid due to their lack of preparation and know how. They were pathetic. The media didn’t roast them tho. They are democrats.
Texas got a TINY AMOUNT of aid for Rita victims, my sister was one of them.
But New Orleans got 100 times more, even though the Dollar amount of damage from RITA was MUCH higher. Liberal Politics!
Well, as you might guess, I am voting for Palin! She is a spirited, and pretty, pit bull with lipstick and conviction to do the right thing in Washington. More integrity and courage than Washington deserves. But thank God she’s going!
She will support the opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurship, in my opinion, and go against the grain of big business and ultra liberals. A worthy respectable leader.
(if you are a die hard liberal, I may lose you here!)
People that play the "blame game" shouldn't live in glass houses, wallstreet or otherwise! Funny how those placing blame are usually the cause! Are you red blooded American boys (do I assume 2 much?) afraid of Palin, who has more character, integrity, courage, and wisdom, than all of you blamers put together?! Oh.. and why couldn't a democratic congress solve all the ills you mentioned? Another blame the republicans, and do nothing but complain democrat majority congress with the lowest rating in history! Did the media ever mention that? What else is new...oh yes, they do complain. That is something they do do. Do they have anything to bring to the table besides that? Is that a democratic happymeal...a big-polossi-donothin-macburger?! It seems they are happy just standing in the way of those that CAN make progress and solve problems. But as usual, they make socialistic promises to the masses, that they will GIVE them what they need (killing the initiative and self reliance any one in the masses may have).
But then on the other hand, it seems as tho they define progress as "socialism" , tho they don't have the courage or desire to show their real colors....colors like : Let the government take care of you...don't be self-reliant like oh, “Those Republicans"! You might lose your government support if you do that!....or colors like "you need to turn your guns over to the government so that we the government can take care of you, the deserving American Citizen"!..or colors like "Oh, by the way, we have all the guns and power now, so we'll take care of you, but you hav