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A Glimpse Of Hurricane Ike

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Now that Hurricane Ike had come and gone and left so much of this area in ruins,  I hope that all of you are safe and that your lives are in various stages of approaching what may be called normal.  Ed and I took a ride yesterday through Sabine Pass, Pleasure Island, Bridge City and witnessed so much of the sorrow and devastation that Ike had inflicted upon our area.  So many unanswered questions and so much mixed emotions.  How lucky we are to have escaped death yet again, living so close to Mother Nature’s path of fury…

Sabine Woods

A video diary of the approaching storm and a mere glimpse of its aftermath, captured during the hurricane where I work in Beaumont:

More photos taken near Sabine Woods Sanctuary (click on pics to enlarge):

the lone-surviving bench

salt water has erased much of the green color across the entire sanctuary

Ed looks back at the watermark

the surge was this high (approx. 10 ft.)


where's the boardwalk?


the pillars of the boardwalk were lifted straight out


here once stood the boardwalk

here once stood the boardwalk


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:55 pm

    Ike was a wake up call for a lot of people in the Keys. Every time someone wonders whether or not they should evacuate in the future, someone else brings up Galveston. Some of the aerial photos of the cities have been quite startling.

  2. Thursday, September 25, 2008 9:17 pm

    I tend to think that all hurricanes were created by Mother Nature to warn us not to build so damn close to the oceans; yet many, if not most of us just don’t pay any attention to Her annual warnings. In the aftermath of the storm, the calls to “rebuild” by the stubborn, selfish few have all but ignored the fact that the cost of such rebuilding is shared by all.–Lorenzo

  3. Saturday, September 27, 2008 3:49 am

    It makes me wonder, if while the government is throwing around our money by the billion, if we couldn’t buy out the Keys and make them a park. Where to live then? Austin would be my next choice…hills heat humidity and everything!

  4. Saturday, September 27, 2008 7:54 am

    conchscooter, please allow me to update Austin (where I had lived for nine years):

    Hills, heat, and humidity, YES. Plus congestions and the hyper-encroachment of big “outside” money into everything that used to make Austin of yore unique, hip, and weird. Still the most exciting place to be in Texas Austin may be; but bring lots of money.

    As far as a perfect place to live (there isn’t one) in America without any great threat from natural disasters, I wonder what the world’s fastest supercomputers would say about that with all the data on hand…–Lorenzo

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