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Galveston Residents Who Insisted on Staying Died in Ike

 
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10/05/2008 08:19 AM
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Galveston Residents Who Insisted on Staying Died in Ike
It's coming out now...saddest are the quotes about the last phone calls.
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Galveston Residents Who Insisted on Staying Died in Ike
[link to www.foxnews.com]

GILCHRIST, Texas The final hours brought the awful realization to victims of Hurricane Ike that they had waited too long. This storm wasn't like the others, the ones that left nothing worse than a harrowing tale to tell.

George Helmond, a hardy Galveston salt, watched the water rise and told a buddy: I was born on this island and I'll die on this island.

Gail Ettenger, a free spirit who adopted the Bolivar Peninsula as her home 15 years ago, told a friend in a last phone call: I really messed up this time.

Within hours, the old salt and the free spirit were gone as the powerful Category 2 hurricane wracked the Texas Gulf Coast on Sept. 13, flattening houses, obliterating entire towns and claiming at least 33 lives.

The dead as young as 4, as old as 79 included lifelong Galvestonians firmly rooted on the island and transplants drawn by the quiet of coastal living.

Seven people drowned in a storm surge that moved in earlier and with more ferocity than expected. Nine others died in the grimy, sweaty aftermath, when lack of power and medicine exacted its toll. Eleven people were poisoned by carbon monoxide or killed in fires from the generators they used in their own attempts to survive.

Hundreds of people remain missing three weeks after Ike's assault on Texas. Local and city officials are no longer keeping their own count of missing residents; ...

more at the link
[link to www.foxnews.com]
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10/05/2008 08:44 AM
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Thanks for the link. Read the whole thing. This is a touching article. So sad.
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10/05/2008 12:11 PM
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10/05/2008 12:23 PM
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I don't understand people who don't leave. Don't they ever go anywhere in their life? Do they stay at home all the time? Why not just pack a suitcase and take a long weekend trip to see some new sights, is that such an outlandish and foreign idea to these people? I don't get it.
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