With so much focus on Galveston, Boliver and Houston, it’s easy to forget that other communities suffered the destructive wrath of Hurricane Ike.
2 on the Beat was blown away by the damage in Baytown, Harris County during a tour of the Lakewood Community.
Sitting on the bay, the homes were great places to live until the storm surge sent a wall of water at least twelve feet high through the neighborhood.
The powerful wind and waves tore away brick facades, sheet rock, furniture and other personal possessions.
Congressman Gene Green (D-Texas) and Baytown Mayor Stephan Don Carlos surveyed the damage on Monday.
They say they want residents to rebuild, but it is very like the homeowners will have to comply with some very strict FEMA standards.
Meanwhile, Congressman Green announced that FEMA will open an office inside Baytown’s San Jacinto Mall.
This will help get the information and disaster response much closer to the residents.