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October 13, 2008 -- The City of Galveston today held a press conference to give an update on the status of the island since Hurricane Ike's impact one month ago. More
September 30, 2008 -- The Unified Command today released information concerning debris burning in counties impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 30, 2008 -- The Gulf Coast Center today announced that its Galveston Island Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services located at the Shearn Moody Plaza building have been relocated to the Center's Texas City Outpatient Clinic. More
September 30, 2008 -- The City of League City Land Management Department is hosting a town hall meeting on Thursday to discuss reconstruction rules and permitting related to storm damage. More
September 29, 2008 -- The Department of Homeland Security today announced that the mobile Disaster Recovery Center at the Antoine Medical Office Building in Houston has moved to the Our Lady of Lavang Church. More
September 29, 2008 -- The Gulf Coast Center today announced that it has established a Mobile Mental Health Unit with the University of Texas Medical Branch to provide services on Galveston Island. More
September 26, 2008 -- Residents and property owners were lined up for miles this morning when officials began permitting them to drive across the storm damaged bridge at Rollover Pass. Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough reports that the first day of the look and leave program went well. More
September 26, 2008 -- The 22nd annual Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup is this weekend and Guidry News Service is a media sponsor of the event. More
September 26, 2008 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will be distributing free re-entry kits and supplies at Ball High School this weekend. More
September 26, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management has released a current list of Right of Entry locations. More
September 26, 2008 -- The Lighthouse Charity Cooking Team is requesting funds and donations to support its charity cooking efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ike. More
September 26, 2008 -- Flood damage has rendered the Galveston Housing Authority properties temporarily unlivable. More
September 26, 2008 -- The City of Galveston has announced that Texas Gas Service customers without significant damage can request immediate gas service. More
September 26, 2008 -- The City of Shoreacres will host a Hurricane Ike Recovery Meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 29 at the Bay Area Community Center in Clear Lake Park. More
September 26, 2008 -- The Small Business Administration office at 8419 E.F. Lowry is open for business. More
September 26, 2008 -- The American Red Cross has posted a revised list of locations for hot meals. More
September 26, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson will host two town hall meetings with FEMA representatives available to provide information and answer questions from the community. More
September 26, 2008 -- The American Red Cross on Thursday announced that workers are prepared to offer assistance for those affected by Hurricane Ike for months to come. More
September 26, 2008 -- The West Gulf Maritime Association has posted an update on operations in the wake of Hurricane Ike. More
September 26, 2008 -- The Small Business Administration on on Wednesday announced that it has opened five Business Assistance Centers in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 26, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson on Thursday issued an update on debris clean up and other storm recovery issues. More
September 25, 2008 -- Galveston County is planning the start of “Return Home to Bolivar”, a mission designed to allow access to residents, property owners, business owners, and insurance adjusters in the Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, Caplen, and Gilchrist communities. More w/Registration Form
September 25, 2008 -- The City of Galveston on Wednesday announced that the FEMA Operation Blue Roof program is available to residents with damage to their roofs. More
September 25, 2008 -- In continuing efforts to address public health and medical care needs of Galveston County residents the Galveston County Health District has provided an update for services to be provided through Saturday September 27th.   More
September 25, 2008 -- Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson haas issued emergency rules that allow coastal property owners to immediately begin work to stabilize and repair structures damaged by Hurricane Ike. More
September 25, 2008 -- Galveston’s Municipal Court will re-open on Monday, September 29, 2008.  A skeletal crew of clerks will be available to answer questions and receive payments from the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. More
September 25, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood reports that debris removal is proceeding. More
September 25, 2008 -- Jim O'Donnel of the Jamaica Beach Weather Observatory reports that his facilities were destroyed by the storm surge, wave action and hurricane force winds of Hurricane Ike. More
September 25, 2008 -- Nine Points of Distribution (PODs) remain in operation in Galveston County following Hurricane Ike. More
September 25, 2008 -- The City of Galveston today announced that a donation management team will be organizing donations toward the recovery of the city. More
September 25, 2008 -- The Galveston County Health District has issued another update on services for county residents. More
September 25, 2008 -- The City of Galveston today announced that it is waiving all building permitting fees for 60 days. More
September 25, 2008 -- Galveston County spray trucks will spray the entire Galveston Island tonight. More
September 25, 2008 -- Galveston County communities are returning to normal, and several have lifted or amended their curfews. More
September 25, 2008 -- Fresenius Medical Care North America is accepting all dialysis patients, regardless of whether or not they are Fresenius patients. More
September 25, 2008 -- The City of Kemah on Wednesday announced that it has notified residents they can return home and noted the use of its notification system. More
September 25, 2008 -- The United States Army Corps of Engineers has announced a Blue Roof Program for homes damaged by Hurricane Ike. More
September 25, 2008 -- The United States Army Corps of Engineers has announced a Blue Roof Program for homes damaged by Hurricane Ike. More
September 25, 2008 -- The Galveston Housing Authority on Wednesday announced that flood damage has rendered its properties temporarily unlivable. More
September 25, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson has provided an update on recovery from Hurricane Ike, including information about two FEMA Town Hall Meetings. More
September 25, 2008 -- Entergy Texas, Inc. on Wednesday announced that it has restored power to 98 percent of its customers who lost electricity due to Hurricane Ike. More
September 25, 2008 -- The Laura Recovery Center is continuing to operate a web site with information about persons reported missing as a result of Hurricane Ike. More
September 25, 2008 -- Correction/Clarification: Myrna Reingold from the Galveston County Legal Department asked to clarify Wednesday's report on the meeting of Galveston County Commissioners Court at the Walter Hall Park Pavilion. More
September 25, 2008 -- Interfaith Caring Ministries is operating a Hurricane Ike Relief Center in League City. More
September 25, 2008 -- The University of Houston on Wednesday announced that its hurricane recovery efforts are working to rebuild the community as well as the university. More
September 25, 2008 -- The Salvation Army on Wednesday began distributing cleaning kits and more hot meals at its locations on Galveston Island. More
September 25, 2008 -- Island departments of the Galveston County Tax Office have been temporarily relocated to the North County Annex at 174 Calder Drive in League City.  The affected departments include Accounting, Administrative Support Services, Property Tax, and Voter Registration. More
September 25, 2008 -- Island departments of the Galveston County Tax Office have been temporarily relocated to the North County Annex at 174 Calder Drive in League City.  The affected departments include Accounting, Administrative Support Services, Property Tax, and Voter Registration. More
September 24, 2008 -- The Houston Public Library has released an updated list of locations that are open and available to apply for FEMA aid online. More
September 24, 2008 -- Residents and property owners will be allowed to return to the Bolivar Peninsula for a “look and leave” visit beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday. More
September 24, 2008 -- Myrna Reingold in the Galveston County Legal Department announced that County facilities on Galveston Island could not reopen today as hoped. More
September 24, 2008 -- The Galveston County Mosquito Control District has published a map for spraying by truck and plane, which begins tonight. "The plane will start in the San Leon area at 8 p.m. and spray until finished," said Mosquito Control Director John Marshall. "The trucks are working 10 hours a night and will start at 8:30 p.m." More
September 24, 2008 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry met with elected officials and emergency management personnel at the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center in Dickinson. After the meeting, he met with reporters. More
September 24, 2008 -- The City of Galveston has extended its state of disaster for 90 days. More
September 24, 2008 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has issued updates for its 3-Share plan customers. More
September 24, 2008 -- United States Senator John Cornyn today announced that the Texas Workforce Commission will receive $7.95 million in federal funding to assist dislocated workers. More
September 24, 2008 -- The Texas Department of State Health Services today announced that post-Hurricane Ike aerial spraying for mosquitoes will begin as early as Thursday night in several counties. More
September 24, 2008 -- The Bolivar Peninsula Special Utility District today announced that it has established a temporary office location in Winnie, Texas. More
September 24, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management today released an updated list of curfew areas and times in counties affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 24, 2008 -- The Unified Command on Tuesday announced that it is continuing to respond to reports of pollution caused by Hurricane Ike. More
September 24, 2008 -- Harris County Office of Emergency Management on Tuesday announced that FEMA has activated a special Emergency Prescription Assistance Program for evacuees in several Texas counties. More
September 24, 2008 -- Harris County Office of Emergency Management today released a list of active Right of Entry Collection Centers. More
September 24, 2008 -- La Marque Independent School District has provided an update on its operations. More
September 23, 2008 -- Galveston County officials met this morning to discuss the logistics to allow residents and property owners to return to the Bolivar Peninsula, to check their property and leave; and have decided on a simpler plan that will allow people to drive across the bridge at Rollover Pass. More
September 23, 2008 -- The City of Galveston has issued a re-entry advisory for its plan to allow residents to re-enter the island on Wednesday. More
September 23, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood in a recovery update given today announced that less than 10 percent of the city is without power. More
September 23, 2008 -- The Gulf Coast Center for Mental Health Mental Retardation will have crisis counselors, support staff and physicians in temporary offices in Galveston beginning Wednesday. More
September 23, 2008 -- Clear Creek Independent School District on Monday began enrolling students displaced due to Hurricane Ike and now living in its attendance zone. More
September 23, 2008 -- Harris County has issued a reminder that the deadline to register to vote in the November 4 Presidential Election is October 6. More
September 23, 2008 -- Harris County has cancelled jury calls for the entire week. More
September 23, 2008 -- The Social Security Administration today is opening its Port Arthur office for service to the public. More
September 23, 2008 -- Claudie D. Hawkins, Director of Event Facilities & Libraries for the City of Beaumont announced today that  the Beaumont Downtown Public Library, R. C. Miller Memorial Library, Theodore Johns Library and the Elmo Willard Library are open to the public. More
September 23, 2008 -- The Friendswood Police Department will maintain stepped up neighborhood patrols and increased force strength until further notice, reports Police Chief Robert Wieners. The curfew remains in effect from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. until further notice. More
September 23, 2008 -- Four federal and state agencies established a unified command in Pasadena Monday to efficiently coordinate efforts to contain and clean up oil and hazardous materials in the wake of Hurricane Ike. More
September 23, 2008 -- The Houston Public Library is opening more library locations in Houston, providing customers with access to all services, including computers, Internet, and free WiFi. More
September 23, 2008 -- The American Red Cross is encouraging evacuees to register on Safe and Well on the Red Cross website. More
September 23, 2008 -- College of the Mainland reopened on Monday. More
September 22, 2008 -- Although the Galveston Chamber of Commerce' offices and contents were destroyed, the Galveston Chamber is alive and well and has been working day and night to assist businesses in need. More
September 22, 2008 -- HomeTown Bank and Moody National Bank have posted updates on their operations. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Galveston County Health District has provided an update for services to be provided through Saturday September 27.   More
September 22, 2008 -- Grace Community Church Senior Pastor, Steve Riggle, announced today that his church will be hosting a community seminar with Houston City Council Member Mike Sullivan at their South Campus location on the Gulf Freeway at Dixie Farm Road Monday, September 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to cover issues with insurance, FEMA and housing. More
September 22, 2008 -- Contact information for owners or leasing agents for the following properties is available by calling the League City Department of Economic Development (281) 554-1100. More
September 22, 2008 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has a recovery team working to ensure that all UTMB employees receive their pay as scheduled. More
September 22, 2008 -- State Representative Craig Eiland today announced that he is requesting that the Public Utility Commission encourage companies under its jurisdiction to waive early disconnection or transfer fees in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Texas Department of State Health Services today announced that crisis counseling services are available for those affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 22, 2008 -- The City of Galveston today announced that an order has been put into effect prohibiting fires and open flames on the island. More
September 22, 2008 -- The City of Galveston today announced that an order prohibiting access to the south side of Seawall and all Galveston beaches has been lifted. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Galveston County Health District has issued a Post-Hurricane Ike Public Health Advisory for residents hoping to return to Galveston Island this week. More
September 22, 2008 -- Lamar Institute of Technology will resume its normal class schedule on Monday, September 29. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Humane Society of the United States today announced that it is establishing a base of operations at Bolivar Peninsula to begin a trapping an community outreach program. More
September 22, 2008 -- Dickinson Independent School District students will return to school on Wednesday, with the opening of K.E. Little Elementary and San Leon Elementary schools awaiting the return of water and electricity. More
September 22, 2008 -- Despite rumors that have persisted since Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston County on September 13, the death toll has remained low. There have been eight confirmed deaths More
September 22, 2008 -- The Galveston County Health District has issued a list of health-related precautions for people in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 22, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough, Commissioner Pat Doyle and Constable Doug Considine met with County law enforcement officials and other staff this morning to discuss the logistics of allowing residents of the Bolivar Peninsula to check on their property. More
September 22, 2008 -- Congressman Ron Paul today announced that his Lake Jackson office has been re-opened. More
September 22, 2008 -- The City of Kemah today issued an update of answers to questions concerning the status of the city. More
September 22, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood has issued an update on its recovery process, and announced that less than 10 percent of Friendswood is without power. More
September 22, 2008 -- A major outbreak of mosquitoes is predicted for the entire County on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23 due to the extensive of flooding. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management has announced that clearing hurricane generated debris has begun in portions of unincorporated areas of Galveston County. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management today announced that several private waste management sites will be accepting Hurricane Ike debris from county residents. More
September 22, 2008 -- FEMA, in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, has established the Blue Roof Program, which provides and installs plastic sheeting to damaged roofs. More
September 22, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood today announced that it has put a price gouging ordinance into effect and is waiving permit fees for repair work associated with Hurricane Ike. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Salvation Army today is offering water and ice at its meal-serving location at the Houston Community Center on Windfern Road. More
September 22, 2008 -- Texas City Emergency Management has issued a message advising residents to place their household garbage and branches in front of their homes due to alleys being inaccessible. More
September 22, 2008 -- Galveston residents in need of mental health services have been asked to contact The Gulf Coast Center. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Association of Public Safety Communications International and the National Emergency Number Association today declared the Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce activation following Hurricane Ike a success. More
September 22, 2008 -- United States Representative Gene Green today announced that he and a group of members of Congress have requested FEMA establish disaster recovery centers in areas affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 22, 2008 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston today announced that 3-Share subscribers can access care throughout Galveston County. More
September 22, 2008 -- The Salvation Army continues to operate canteens, or mobile feeding units, in areas affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 22, 2008 -- Galveston County officials will meet later this morning to discuss issues related to the return of residents to the Bolivar Peninsula, and we will have additional information to report after that meeting. However, this morning County Judge Jim Yarbrough looked over a list of questions provided by Bolivar residents and addressed a few of the questions. More
September 21, 2008 -- Electrical service is still less than 70 percent in the Dickinson area and therefore the citywide curfew is still in effect from Midnight until 6:00 a.m. More
September 21, 2008 -- Updated Monday Morning: A new list of points of distribution (PODs) has been posted by the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management. More
September 21, 2008 -- Harris County will open six countywide debris drop-off sites beginning Monday, September 22, 2008, to provide residents of Unincorporated Harris County with additional ways to clear debris quickly from their property. More
September 21, 2008 -- The Houston Police Department is advising motorists to leave early for work on Monday because of problems caused by intersections where traffic signals are not working. More
September 21, 2008 -- WiredIn.cc, a website serving the Clear Lake and Galveston Bay Areas has published photos of the Galveston Railroad Museum and the Lone Star Flight Museum, as well as other areas impacted by Hurricane Ike. WiredIn.cc
September 21, 2008 -- Power has been restored to 65 percent of La Porte today. More
September 21, 2008 -- On Saturday, September 20, a public health team directed by Dr. Mark Guidry, County Health Authority, performed an aerial surveillance of Galveston County and Cities to identify areas of greatest impact by Hurricane Ike. More
September 21, 2008 -- As of Sunday, September 21, approximately 85 percent of Friendswood is with power. More
September 21, 2008 -- The City of Kemah has begun the first pass of "hurricane generated debris" collection along the public rights-of-way. More
September 21, 2008 -- The state, Harris County, City of Houston and FEMA have met on a daily basis to determine daily POD locations. Areas with water service, electricity and with retail stores open to the public are generally considered to be self-sufficient so that a POD is no longer needed. More
September 21, 2008 -- Galveston County Health Director Dr. Mark Guidry has provided an update on services. More
September 21, 2008 -- Congressman Ron Paul appeared at a press conference this afternoon in Houston, Texas with other members of the Texas delegation who are cosponsoring the Hurricane Ike Tax Assistance Package. More
September 21, 2008 -- There’s now hope for distraught owners of pets lost during Hurricane Ike. Pet owners in Texas can now search an online, centralized database of pets lost during last week’s severe weather which left hundreds of thousands homeless and separated family members. More
September 21, 2008 -- City of Galveston officials are rolling out debris removal guidelines in anticipation of the island-wide re-entry scheduled for 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 24th. More
September 21, 2008 -- Recovery efforts continue at a brisk pace throughout the city of Baytown. State of the City
September 21, 2008 -- Earlier this week Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas temporarily waived some of city's buildings codes pertaining to the demolition and removal of storm damaged materials. More
September 21, 2008 -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) will conduct the first round of ground-based spray operations (spray truck) on Sunday evening, September 21, 2008 from approximately 8:30pm until 4:00am in the western portion of the 610 Loop More
September 21, 2008 -- David Stanowski, a regular contributor to the GuidryNews.com Forum has posted a second message regarding the City of Galveston's preparation and reaction to Hurricane Ike. More
September 21, 2008 -- Eight members of the Dallas-based group 'Texas Rovers' arrived this morning to Harris County's Wade Road Service Center carrying truckloads of food and other essential goods for Precinct Two seniors. More
September 21, 2008 -- The state, county, city and FEMA meet daily to determine the following day's POD locations. Areas with water service, electricity and with retail stores open to the public are generally considered to be self-sufficient so that a POD is no longer needed. More
September 20, 2008 -- Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator John Simsen reports that all the cities in Galveston County continue to make progress toward recovery from Hurricane Ike. More
September 20, 2008 -- Harris County officials are discouraging debris burning. More
September 20, 2008 -- The Humane Society of Southeast Texas Animal Rescue Team has been at work this week. More
September 20, 2008 -- The Coast Guard visited marinas in the Houston-Galveston area to assess pollution and prioritize cleanup sites. More
September 20, 2008 -- Jeff Suggs Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of La Porte reports that power crews are continuing to canvas the area. More
September 20, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management cautions motorists to be considerate of the many emergency responders out on the roads working to restore important services to Harris County and the Houston area. More
September 20, 2008 -- The Galveston Founders Party, in a posting on the GuidryNews.com Forum, said that it believes that a policy of forcibly preventing people from returning to their homes is fundamentally un-American and has no place in a free country. More
September 20, 2008 -- The United States Coast Guard and its partners continued cleanup efforts on Saturday. Photo Release
September 20, 2008 -- Bobby Wright, executive director of the Galveston County Emergency Communications District provided photos and comments on the unusual events of the past week. More
September 20, 2008 -- There's much work ahead, but we have accomplished much since Saturday morning, when Ike disrupted many of our lives. Message to the Public
September 20, 2008 -- About 120 lawyers, the district and county clerk and six judges met Friday morning at the Enos Law Firm in Webster to discuss the status of the judicial system in Galveston County. More
September 20, 2008 -- The Houston Police Department reports that The citywide curfew put in place following Hurricane Ike will end at 6 a.m. on Monday (September 22), the same day Houston police ask for motorists to plan their drive times ahead and be extra patient when encountering malfunctioning traffic signals. More
September 20, 2008 -- Moody Gardens has sent more than 400 animals to the Houston Zoo to be transported to other zoos and aquariums across the country as the facility continues to assess the damage received as a result of Hurricane Ike. More
September 20, 2008 -- A Mobile based Coast Guard cutter has deployed to Galveston for Hurricane Ike relief. More
September 20, 2008 -- Today, the American Red Cross welcomed Red Cross neighbors from the North and South, to work alongside American Red Cross workers in some of the areas most affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 20, 2008 -- Malin International Ship Repair (MISR) is fully operational at the 320 77th Street address on Galveston Island, as well as at the Pier 14 facility in the Port of Galveston. More
September 20, 2008 -- Port of Houston Authority facilities resumed normal operations at all terminals yesterday in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. PHA was granted U.S. Coast Guard clearance for all of its facilities late Wednesday and employees reported back to work yesterday. To accommodate its customers, PHA will open its Barbours Cut, Bayport and Turning Basin terminals on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. until noon, and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. More
September 20, 2008 -- The Gulf Coast Center, the mental health and mental retardation authority for Galveston County, has temporarily closed their Galveston Island facilities. Their services have been relocated to Texas City for the time being. More
September 20, 2008 -- Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector Cheryl Johnson and her staff are working today to salvage records that got wet during the Hurricane Ike storm surge. She said the tax office will be in business on Monday, in trailers behind League City Annex (Correct), as well as at the Friendswood Office. More
September 20, 2008 -- The Port of Galveston has announced information for cruise passengers who were parked at the port. More
September 20, 2008 -- Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas has announced a re-entry advisory for all Galveston residents and business owners. Beginning Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 6:00 a.m. all residents will be able to re-enter Galveston Island. More
September 20, 2008 -- Despite loss of power and flood damages, The Salvation Army is feeding more than 256,000 people. More
September 20, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough said that the county is slowly improving from the damage caused by Hurricane Ike. Interview
September 20, 2008 -- Residents of 29 Texas counties who suffered damage from Hurricane Ike may be eligible for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). More
September 20, 2008 -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of the State of Texas, will activate its transitional sheltering initiative to allow eligible Ike evacuees from Texas, who cannot return to their homes, to stay in hotels or motels until it is safe for them go home. More
September 20, 2008 -- Religious services have been scheduled in Galveston County. More
September 20, 2008 -- Texas Lions Clubs swung into action in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike with an 18 wheeler load carrying $17,000 of relief supplies rolling into Manvel with another $20,000 of supplies to begin arriving on Saturday all supplied by Texas Lions Clubs located in Lions District 2-S5 and in San Antonio. More
September 20, 2008 -- Jamaica Beach residents will be allowed to come into the city to "look and leave". Curfew remains in effect from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. More
September 20, 2008 -- Due to Hurricane Ike, many of the waterways in our community have become increasingly contaminated with bacteria and toxins More
September 19, 2008 -- The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management has compiled a list of significant items. More
September 19, 2008 -- Civil Air Patrol pilots flew National Weather Service meteorologists up and down the East Texas coast on Friday in a Gippsland GA8 Airvan. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management has released information concerning sources of supplies. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Planning Council has released information for patients with HIV. More
September 19, 2008 -- Cedar Clinic in La Marque has re-opened to see patients. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Civil Air Patrol has begun launching flights to photograph damage caused by Hurricane Ike. More
September 19, 2008 -- Jamaica Beach officials have announced a daily look and leave program for residents. More
September 19, 2008 -- The United States Coast Guard has responded to more than 150 reports of oil and chemical spills in the Houston-Galveston area. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Port of Houston Authority has resumed normal operations at all terminals, and has hosted the cruise ship Conquest and Ecstasy at its new Bayport Cruise Terminal. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Internal Revenue Service today announced that it will not impose a tax penalty for dyed diesel fuel use in highways in counties impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 19, 2008 -- The City of Galveston today announced that historic relics have been salvaged from the Balinese Room debris. More
September 19, 2008 -- The U.S. Small Business Administration advises that business owners as well as home owners and renters may be referred by FEMA to the SBA for loans to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. More
September 19, 2008 -- Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today issued an update of tax relief available for hurricane victims. More
September 19, 2008 -- A Boil Water Notice remains in effect for persons using private water systems in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 19, 2008 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch has opened four clinics on the mainland. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Galveston County Health District is issuing health-related precautions for people in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management has released a status list of WIC service locations in the county. More
September 19, 2008 -- Galveston County Water District No. 1 has announced that the Boil Water Notice for its customers has been lifted. More
September 19, 2008 -- La Porte City Manager Ron Bottoms has issued another update of the status and relief efforts available in the city. More
September 19, 2008 -- The United States Coast Guard today released an update on the status of the Houston Ship Channel. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to properly dispose of storm debris. More
September 19, 2008 -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is providing care for pregnant patients at its off-island maternal child health clinics. More
September 19, 2008 -- Clear Creek Independent School District students have launched "Operation CRAYON" to collect items for students in need. More
September 19, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood has issued a message to its residents concerning the city's condition and sources of help after the storm. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management today announced the addition of three Point of Distribution sites around Houston. More
September 19, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough hosted a meeting in the Board Room of the Emergency Communications District for mayors, council members and staff members of most of the municipal governments in Galveston County. More
September 19, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson has issued a reminder concerning curfew and debris placement for pick-up. More
September 19, 2008 -- The United States Postal Service today announced that it has developed a plan to make mail service available to Galveston customers. More
September 19, 2008 -- The City of Kemah has released answers to frequently asked questions regarding the city's condition and other items. More
September 19, 2008 -- Lamar Institute of Technology today issued an update on its efforts to restore the college and continue classes. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Social Security Administration today opened two more offices in the Houston area. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management today released food safety information for food establishments that lost power during the storm. More
September 19, 2008 -- Jamaica Beach Mayor Vic Pierson requested that GuidryNews.com provide a brief interview to the news media. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Texas General Land Office has deferred enforcement of the Texas Open Beaches Act, with emergency rules allowing coastal residents to repair their homes now. More
September 19, 2008 -- Texas General Land Office Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced that he has suspended action on proposed beach and dune rules. More
September 19, 2008 -- Red Cross has released information on shelters it is operating in the area. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management reminds evacuees sheltered through the Texas Transportation Assistance Registry to remain at their current shelter. More
September 19, 2008 -- La Marque Independent School District has issued a return to work schedule for employees of the district. More
September 19, 2008 -- Galveston County Commissioners Court held its weekly meeting on Thursday in the Board Room of the Galveston County Emergency Communications District in the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center. The agenda included items that were originally posted for the regular meeting on Wednesday, which was rescheduled because of Hurricane Ike. More
September 19, 2008 -- The Galveston County Women’s Infants and Children’s (WIC) nutrition program is now open at the facility in Dickinson, TX at 905 Pine Drive and The Galveston County Coordinated Community Center (4 C’s) located at 2000 Texas Ave in Texas City is open. More
September 18, 2008 -- Galveston Historical Foundation has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to save the original furniture and artworks at Galveston's 1859 Ashton Villa. More
September 18, 2008 -- La Marque City Manager Ron Bottoms has posted a Hurricane Ike Recovery Update. More
September 18, 2008 -- The City of League City has announced that the city is no longer under curfew, that the water is safe to drink and that City Hall is not open to citizens. More
September 18, 2008 -- A vast majority of mayors have lifted the evacuation restrictions for several cities near Galveston Bay. More
September 18, 2008 -- The United States Army Corps of Engineers will provide a free temporary roof to residential structures damaged by Hurricane Ike through its Blue Roof Program. More
September 18, 2008 -- United States Senator John Cornyn announced on the Senate floor this evening that after working with Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee, he and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison were successful in securing new tax relief provisions for Texas counties devastated by Hurricane Ike. More
September 18, 2008 -- University of Texas Medical Branch cancer patients can get treatment at St. Joseph Medical Center. More
September 18, 2008 -- Galveston County has begun clearing “hurricane generated debris” in portions of unincorporated areas today, and in the following cities beginning Friday, September 19, 2008. More
September 18, 2008 -- Galveston County has posted a new order reflecting that High Island is now accessible by SH 87, removing High Island from the Order to Vacate that was applied to the Bolivar Peninsula. More
September 18, 2008 -- The City of Kemah has released answers to frequently asked questions concerning the effects of Hurricane Ike. More
September 18, 2008 -- Harris County has announced that several area cities have lifted evacuation restrictions. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Johnson Space Center in Houston is scheduled to re-open on Monday. More
September 18, 2008 -- Clear Creek Independent School District has issued an update on the status of the district. More
September 18, 2008 -- The United States Coast Guard today announced that restrictions are continuing for commercial traffic on the Houston Ship Channel. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services office has cautioned residents that mosquito activity is increasing due to storm debris and standing water from Hurricane Ike. More
September 18, 2008 -- The City of Galveston today announced that removal of downed trees is in progress in the city. More
September 18, 2008 -- Port Arthur spokesman Sergeant Ken Carona updated GuidryNews.com on the situation in his Southeast Texas city. Interview
September 18, 2008 -- The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas has released tips to avoid fraud in clean up work after Hurricane Ike. More
September 18, 2008 -- Galveston County has posted an update on conditions at the Bolivar Peninsula. More
September 18, 2008 -- Jim O'Donnel who had to evacuate the Jamaica Beach Weather Observatory was at the National Weather Service Office and updated GuidryNews.com on prospects for resuming his service. Interview
September 18, 2008 -- National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read met with reporters at the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Office that he previously directed. Interview
September 18, 2008 -- Spanish version: Galveston County has begun clearing “hurricane generated debris” in portions of unincorporated areas today, and in the following cities beginning Friday, September 19, 2008. More
September 18, 2008 -- The City of West University Place has lifted its Boil Water Notice. More
September 18, 2008 -- CenterPoint Energy has released an updated projected service restoration timeline for areas damaged by Hurricane Ike. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management has changed the number for its Hurricane Ike Hotline to 713-368-2741. More
September 18, 2008 -- The United States Army Corps of Engineers today announced that is issuing permits for emergency repairs to previously authorized projects. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management has issued information for evacuees needing prescriptions filled. More
September 18, 2008 -- An additional item regarding a contract for removal of farm animal carcasses in Galveston County has been added to the Galveston County Commissioners Court agenda for today's meeting. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management has released a list of important phone numbers for residents. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today announced that its Park and Ride service has returned to operating on its normal schedule. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Houston Public Library has begun to open locations in Houston to provide Houstonians with access to services, including computers and the Internet. More
September 18, 2008 -- Houston Mayor Bill White today announced that he has established a relief fund for victims of Hurricane Ike. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Laura Recovery Center is offering a way to quickly create flyers for missing persons at its web site. More
September 18, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough spent some time this morning answering a list of questions about the Bolivar Peninsula provided by Catherine Jackson. Interview
September 18, 2008 -- Dickinson Municipal Court has advised those with payments or tickets due during the wake of Hurricane Ike contact the court immediately. More
September 18, 2008 -- Dickinson Municipal Court has advised those with payments or tickets due during the wake of Hurricane Ike contact the court immediately. More
September 18, 2008 -- Dickinson Municipal Court has advised those with payments or tickets due during the wake of Hurricane Ike contact the court immediately. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Galveston County Commissioners Court is meeting today at 3:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center at 1353 FM 646 in Dickinson. More
September 18, 2008 -- The City of League City issued an update this morning concerning the status of the city. More
September 18, 2008 -- The Laura Recovery Center, in cooperation with the Galveston County Emergency Management Office, has activated a hotline for those searching for missing friends and family who live in the unincorporated areas of the county. More
September 18, 2008 -- Texas National Guardsmen are distributing basic necessities to Gulf Coast area. More
September 17, 2008 -- Galveston County Health Authority Dr. Mark Guidry toured the Bolivar Peninsula today and talked to GuidryNews.com about what he saw. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management has activated a hotline to call for those searching for missing friends and family who live in the unincorporated areas of the county. More
September 17, 2008 -- Galveston County Water District No. 1 has announced that it is continuing a Boil Water Notice while it continues to test the water supply. More
September 17, 2008 -- Texas New Mexico Power today announced that power has been restored to more than 55 percent of its customers. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Salvation Army has announced locations where it is distributing meals. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Texas Farm Bureau today announced that Hurricane Ike has left agriculture in Jefferson and Chambers counties "devastated". More
September 17, 2008 -- La Porte City Manager Ron Bottoms has issued an update on La Porte's recovery efforts. More
September 17, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson today issued an update on the status of the city's recovery. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County today announced that it is operating bus routes in close proximity to Point of Distribution sites. More
September 17, 2008 -- Texas A&M University at Galveston will not re-open in the immediate future, and the Texas A&M University is arranging for classes for Galveston A&M students at its campus in College Station. More
September 17, 2008 -- The City of Webster has announced that residents may return to the City, but has advised that power and sewer services are limited. More
September 17, 2008 -- Volunteers are needed to assist with Hurricane Ike relief efforts, including at Points of Distribution Centers. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Galveston County Health District today announced that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program has resumed providing services. More
September 17, 2008 -- The City of League City today announced that it is beginning its recovery process. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Texas Department of Transportation has advised motorists to avoid driving along IH-45 Gulf Freeway to Galveston Island and that the Galveston Island "Look and Leave" has been suspsended indefinitely. More
September 17, 2008 -- United States Representative Gene Green's Office today issued information on resources for hurricane victims. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston opened for business operations today. More
September 17, 2008 -- The City of La Marque will begin its recovery process in the wake of Hurricane Ike on Monday. More
September 17, 2008 -- Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is returning to Texas today to observe recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Baytown office of the Texas Workforce Commission today announced that those affected by Hurricane Ike may be eligible for disaster-related unemployment benefits. More
September 17, 2008 -- United States Commerce Secretary M. Carlos Gutierrez today declared a fishery resource disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. More
September 17, 2008 -- Christian Reformed World Relief Committee on Tuesday dispatched a rapid response team to help with immediate needs after Hurricane Ike. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Internal Revenue Service today announced that it is providing seven extra days for filing estimated and corporate taxes for those affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 17, 2008 -- The United States Coast Guard today announced that portions of the Houston Ship Channel have been re-opened to commercial traffic. More
September 17, 2008 -- The Harris County District Clerk's Office has announced that it is recovering operations and that the Harris County Courthouse complex will be open today. More
September 17, 2008 -- Information that a FEMA Point of Distribution (POD) is active in La Marque at La Marque High School is not correct. La Marque does not have a POD. All media are asked to remove any information about this POD. More
September 17, 2008 -- There will be 26 Point of Distribution (POD) locations in Harris County on Wednesday, More
September 17, 2008 -- The City of Houston has revised its temporary citywide curfew, which will be in effect from midnight to 6 a.m. daily through Sunday. More
September 17, 2008 -- The City of League City has provided an update on the status of the city and information on available assistance. More
September 17, 2008 -- A Debris Hotline has been established to answer questions about debris removal. More
September 17, 2008 -- Congressman Nick Lampson's office is providing mobile telephone and Internet facilities at American Legion Post 490, 11702 Galveston Rd., across from Ellington Field. More
September 17, 2008 -- Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services Veterinary Public Health is now operating on extended hours. More
September 17, 2008 -- U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) joined U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R–Texas) and six other members of the Texas Congressional delegation to coordinate their joint efforts to secure federal funding for the recovery from Hurricane Ike before the end of September. More
September 17, 2008 -- During the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, The San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center serves as the command center for those rebuilding the city. More
September 17, 2008 -- Texas will be providing emergency food stamps to Hurricane Ike victims who qualify and will automatically replace benefits for program participants in the storm's path. More
September 17, 2008 -- Texas will be providing emergency food stamps to Hurricane Ike victims who qualify and will automatically replace benefits for program participants in the storm's path. More
September 17, 2008 -- The City of La Porte has posted a new policy to deal with contractors who may prey upon those in need of reconstruction services. More
September 17, 2008 -- The San Leon MUD has issued a boil water notice until further notice.  For additional information Click Here
September 17, 2008 -- President George W. Bush visited Coast Guard Air Station Houston on Tuesday. Photo Release
September 16, 2008 -- Gov. Rick Perry today issued an emergency proclamation authorizing public utility companies in Texas to speed relief and recovery efforts by laying temporary electric transmission lines to restore power lost as a result of Hurricane Ike. More
September 16, 2008 -- Coast Guard crews continue recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Ike, focusing on search and rescue, pollution response and reopening the Houston Ship Channel. More
September 16, 2008 -- The American Red Cross has provided a list of locations for hot meals in Galveston County. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Harris County Web Site is now featuring Hurricane Ike Recovery Information. More
September 16, 2008 -- Lone Star Legal Aid today announced a massive, multi-county free legal outreach initiative for Texans recovering from Hurricane Ike. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management has released an updated list of Points of Distribution. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management today announced that Transitional Housing Assistance will be available for Texas evacuees with inaccessible or unlivable homes. More
September 16, 2008 -- The La Marque Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold an emergency meeting on September 18 at the Early Childhood Learning Center on Lake Road. LMISD Schools remain closed until further notice. More
September 16, 2008 -- Webster City Council will hold an emergency meeting at 5:55 p.m. today. More
September 16, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough gave a comprehensive report on the Bolivar Peninsula and other areas of Galveston County at an emergency meeting of Commissioners Court this morning. More
September 16, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson is making preparations to pick-up debris. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Texas Department of Transportation Houston District Headquarters will open for business on Wednesday. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management is collecting information from private water service providers on restoration progress. More
September 16, 2008 -- The City of La Marque has asked its citizens to start debris clean up. More
September 16, 2008 -- Texas New Mexico Power has announced that it increased efforts to restore power to customers. More
September 16, 2008 -- Missouri City and Fort Bend County will soon begin debris pick-up from neighborhoods. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Houston Parks and Recreation Department has begun its clean up of Houston parks. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Salvation Army has 100 mobile kitchens serving meals in Houston, Galveston and surrounding areas. More
September 16, 2008 -- The City of Galveston is requesting only employees with E1 or E2 status return to the island at this time. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Texas Attorney General's Office is continuing to operate an emergency Consumer Complaint Hotline to receive reports of price gouging. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Friendswood Office of Emergency Management has issued an update for residents wishing to return home. More
September 16, 2008 -- Galveston County Water District No. 1 has announced that mandatory water rationing is continuing. More
September 16, 2008 -- The City of La Marque has provided an update on conditions in the city. More
September 16, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood has announced that a Point of Distribution is currently active at Centennial Park, 2200 South Friendswood Drive. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has advised that a Boil Water Notice for Houston and other surrounding cities has not yet been lifted. More
September 16, 2008 -- The City of Humble is asking its residents to stop using water due to work on the sewage system. More
September 16, 2008 -- A list of counties designated for continuing FEMA assistance has been released. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Galveston County Commissioners Court regular meeting scheduled for September 17 has been rescheduled for September 18. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Small Business Administration has announced that it is standing ready to assist victims of Hurricane Ike. More
September 16, 2008 -- There are now PODs available to League City residents. More
September 16, 2008 -- The City of League City has provided a list of food distribution sites for its residents. More
September 16, 2008 -- Aerial photos of Bolivar Peninsula after Hurricane Ike's passing have been posted. More
September 16, 2008 -- A burn ban is in effect in the city of Dickinson. More
September 16, 2008 -- The Point of Distribution site in Hitchcock at Hitchcock High School has ice and water available to area residents. More
September 16, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough reports that progress is being made on recovery efforts from Hurricane Ike. He said search and rescue efforts are continuing on the Bolivar Peninsula. More
September 16, 2008 -- Tiki Island has established a website for daily updated information about Tiki Island. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Galveston Animal Incident Command Center to Open on Tuesday More
September 15, 2008 -- Houston City Controller Annise Parker is assuring residents that the city's financial systems are up and running and unaffected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 15, 2008 -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing launched dozens of flights today to take photographs of damage in Houston, Galveston and other parts of east Texas after Hurricane Ike devastated the state when it made landfall early Saturday. More
September 15, 2008 -- The City of Friendswood has advised that residents who decide to return to Friendswood should be prepared to be completely self sufficient for at least one week. More
September 15, 2008 -- Continental Airlines has resumed a comprehensive flight schedule at its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Houston-Galveston is urging recreational boaters to stay off of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Houston Ship Channel until post-hurricane damage assessments are completed. More
September 15, 2008 -- The City of League City is now fully staffed and staff members are making information distribution a priority. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Disaster Animal Management Task Force would like to remind citizens that there will be many lost and displaced pets after Hurricane Ike. More
September 15, 2008 -- Texas Governor Rick Perry today visited Orange, one of the areas most heavily impacted by Hurricane Ike’s landfall, followed by a visit to an Austin shelter to meet with evacuees and local officials. More
September 15, 2008 -- La Porte City Manager Ron Bottoms has warned citizens of potential contractor scams. More
September 15, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson has posted an update on Hurricane Ike Recovery, including photos More
September 15, 2008 -- W.C.I.D #1 has issued a boil water notice until future notice. For additional information Click Here
September 15, 2008 -- GuidryNews.com is posting photos by contributors who email them to News@GuidryNews.com. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management has published an Operational Overview. More
September 15, 2008 -- Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas in a noon press conference today continued to ask citizens who have evacuated the island not to return and encouraged those who remained to leave. More
September 15, 2008 -- A Boil Water Alert is in effect in Galveston until further notice. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Texas Attorney General's Office has opened a child support hotline for parents affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Frienswood Office of Emergency Management has issued an update on the conditions of the city for residents in or seeking to return to their homes. More
September 15, 2008 -- The City of Houston has a curfew in effect between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. More
September 15, 2008 -- The City of League City has released information concerning operations, conditions and business open in the city. More
September 15, 2008 -- Texas New Mexico Power has announced that power has been restored to more than 30 percent of its Gulf Coast customers. More
September 15, 2008 -- The City La Porte is continuing to advise citizens not to return to the city cue to power outages, down power lines and other issues due to damage from the storm. More
September 15, 2008 -- The United States Coast Guard has announced that the Port of Houston-Galveston has reopened portions of the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway and Houston Channel to commercial traffic. More
September 15, 2008 -- The City of La Marque has issued an update concerning the status of the city and information for residents in the Omega Bay area. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Fondren Road Water Control and Improvement District has issued a Boil Water notice due to water quality concerns as a result of power outages caused by Hurricane Ike. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Harris County Flood Control District has issued a FloodWatch status update. More
September 15, 2008 -- Galveston County Daily News reporter Chris Paschenko and photojournalist Keven M. Cox of the Galveston County Daily News spent Sunday surveying areas that were impacted by Hurricane Ike. More
September 15, 2008 -- The Department of Homeland Security is collaborating with federal, state and local governments to facilitate the coordination of faith-based and community organizations in response and recovery efforts due to the recent storms. More
September 15, 2008 -- Galveston Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Lynn Cleveland reports that schools will continue to stay closed at least until Friday. More
September 15, 2008 -- Congressman Ron Paul reports that he is working to help to those affected by Hurricane Ike. More
September 14, 2008 -- Continental Airlines is preparing to resume mainline jet flights Monday, Sept. 15, at its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport following the carrier's suspension of operations Saturday and Sunday in Houston due to Hurricane Ike. More
September 14, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough spent part of the time on Galveston Island. He reported in an interview that the Island is improving. More/with Audio
September 14, 2008 -- Pelican Island is inaccessible because of damage to the Pelican Island Causeway and a temporary bridge is being built to restore service. More
September 14, 2008 -- Texas A&M University at Galveston has posted an update on the situation at the Pelican Island Campus. More
September 14, 2008 -- Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) Executive Director Dwayne Jones announced today that the offices of Preservation Texas, the state’s nonprofit preservation organization, will serve as GHF’s temporary headquarters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Preservation Texas is located at 1204 San Antonio Drive in Austin, Texas. More
September 14, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough has signed an order to Vacate Bolivar Peninsula More
September 14, 2008 -- Gov. Rick Perry today surveyed Hurricane Ike storm damage from the air before visiting Galveston Island and Ellington Airfield to visit with local emergency management officials. More
September 14, 2008 -- The City of La Marque has reported that crews are working on natural gas leaks in Omega Bay; and other information. More
September 14, 2008 -- The Coast Guard deployed additional search and rescue aircraft from numerous Air Stations throughout the Coast Guard to aid in the post-Hurricane Ike landfall response. More
September 14, 2008 -- With electrical power restored to its main health care facility in Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is attempting to resume normal operations. More
September 14, 2008 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has made federal disaster aid available for the state of Texas to supplement recovery efforts in the area struck by Hurricane Ike, including assistance for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. More
September 14, 2008 -- The City of League City has posted an update on emergency information. More
September 14, 2008 -- The Galveston County Emergency Operating Center has published an Environmental Hazards Announcement. More
September 14, 2008 -- The Harris County Medical Examiner is reminding everyone who is using a gas-powered generator to operate the generator outside the home and away from windows. More
September 14, 2008 -- The Port of Houston Authority is in an asset assessment and operation recovery mode. The welfare of PHA's employees, customers and neighbors is our first concern. More
September 14, 2008 -- At this time, it is NOT wise for Friendswood residents to return to the city. The City of Friendswood is encouraging those citizens who are still here or who have returned to inspect their property to seek other accommodations outside of the affected area. The City of Friendswood will notify citizens when it is safe to return. More
September 14, 2008 -- The Texas Department of Transportation is actively engaged in recovery and clean up operations along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ike, as conditions allow. Crews from across the state are entering the affected areas to assess damage and clear the way for the multi-agency recovery effort led by the State of Texas. More
September 13, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough said that Hurricane Ike strained the resources of the County but his team worked well. More
September 13, 2008 -- Moody Gardens will remain closed to assess damage due to Hurricane Ike. The storm’s high winds and flooding has caused water damage in some areas. Emergency power was used through the duration of the storm in order to assess the situation. More
September 13, 2008 -- Tiki Island Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Cullather and Mayor Charles Everts talked to GuidryNews.com after they assessed damage on Saturday. More
September 13, 2008 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has launched its first air assets and crews into the areas hit by hurricane Ike, Saturday, Sept. 13. More
September 13, 2008 -- Texas New Mexico Power, a provider of electrical transmission and distribution services to approximately 115,000 customers in the Gulf Coast region, is in the process of assessing damage to its system and restoring power to customers in the wake of Hurricane Ike. More
September 13, 2008 -- Entergy Texas, Inc. reports that 99 percent of its 395,000 customers are without power after Hurricane Ike moved through its service area. More
September 13, 2008 -- The Michael E. DeBakey V.A. Medical Center has issued its daily Hurricane Ike Update More
September 13, 2008 -- The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is actively engaged in recovery and clean up operations after Hurricane Ike, as conditions allow. Many roadways in the affected areas are still not safe for travel due to flooding, power outages and debris. More
September 13, 2008 -- A 65-member team that rode out Hurricane Ike at NASA's Johnson Space Center has begun to assess the condition of the center. More
September 13, 2008 -- Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator John Simsen, Meteorologist in Charge of the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Gene Hafele and Major Ray Tuttoilmondo of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office met with reporters at the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center in Galveston County as the winds of Hurricane Ike continued to move through the county. More
September 13, 2008 -- Galveston County Community Development Director Curtiss Brown was among about two dozen County employees who weathered the landfall of Hurricane Ike at the old Galveston County Courthouse on Moody. He shared his photos and thoughts with GuidryNews.com. More
September 13, 2008 -- Kemah City Administrator Bill Kerber reports that his Bay Area Houston city is experience serious flooding from Hurricane Ike. More
September 13, 2008 -- Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator John Simsen now says that reports of six feet of water on the first floor of the old Galveston County Courthouse on Moody were exaggerated; that number should be 2 1/2 to 3 feet. More w/photos
September 13, 2008 -- The City of Dickinson reports hurricane force winds. More
September 13, 2008 -- Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator John Simsen reports that hurricane force winds have caused damage in Galveston County, which won't be fully assessed until daybreak and after Hurricane Ike moves inland. More
September 12, 2008 -- Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reports that she has created a one-stop Web page for hurricane-related tax information. More
September 12, 2008 -- The Internal Revenue Service reports that Taxpayers and tax preparers affected in coming days by Hurricane Ike will have an extra seven days to file corporate tax returns and third-quarter estimated taxes otherwise due on Monday, Sept. 15, 2008. More
September 12, 2008 -- Photographer William Farrington, who is in Galveston County for Hurricane Ike provided GuidryNews.com a couple of photographs from the Office of Emergency Management. More
September 12, 2008 -- Members of Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing are braced for Hurricane Ike. More
September 12, 2008 -- Kemah Mayor Greg Collins and City Administrator Bill Kerber visited with GuidryNews.com at the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center. More
September 12, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough and Meteorologist in Charge of the Houston-Galveston Office of the National Weather Service Gene Hafele held a news conference in the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center as Hurricane Ike moved toward landfall. Yarbrough also reported on two fires on Galveston Island. More
September 12, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management has published a news release listing information on various services. More
September 12, 2008 -- With Hurricane Ike bearing down on the upper Texas coastline, officials with Entergy Texas, Inc. are advising power restoration in the wake of the storm may take weeks. More
September 12, 2008 -- United States Senator John Cornyn,who is monitoring Hurricane Ike from Austin, today spoke by phone with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. More
September 12, 2008 -- The United State Army Corps of Engineers reports that Addicks and Barker reservoirs are ready for Ike. More
September 12, 2008 -- Ed Mayberry of KUHF Houston Public Radio provided photos of the approach of Hurricane Ike on the Galveston Seawall. More
September 12, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough, Galveston County Emergency Management Coordinator and Gene Hafele, meteorologist in charge of the Houston-Galveston office of the National Weather Service met with reporters at the Galveston County Emergency Operations Center. More w/audio and photos
September 12, 2008 -- Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas has issued a Mandatory Evacuation order for the City of Galveston effective today, September 12, 2008 thru September 14, 2008 for the hours of 8 pm – 5 am. More
September 12, 2008 -- Contrary to City of Houston and Harris County press releases and reporting by the local media, MANDATORY EVACUATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ORDERED in Friendswood. More
September 12, 2008 -- Houston Mayor Bill White, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Congressman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Congressman Ted Poe and Congressman Al Green participated in a late night news conference at Houston TranStar. More
September 11, 2008 -- Shannon Hall, publisher of The Islander Magazine, who evacuated from West Galveston Island to the Texas Hill Country, has written a report on her experience. More
September 11, 2008 -- Continental Airlines is implementing a flight schedule reduction at its Houston hub at Bush Intercontinental Airport for Friday and Saturday in anticipation of deteriorating weather conditions caused by Hurricane Ike. More
September 11, 2008 -- The City of Galveston has completed evacuating its special needs residents. More
September 11, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough reports to GuidryNews.com that the evacuation of Galveston County has gone well. More
September 11, 2008 -- The Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed and the Fort Worth Distict is preparing for Hurricane Ike. support operations. More
September 11, 2008 -- The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is working with coastal officials to provide care for pets during the evacuation. More
September 11, 2008 -- Jim O'Donnel of the Jamaica Beach Weather Observatory is predicting landfall beween Seargent Beach and Crystal Beach. Click Here
September 11, 2008 -- The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management has posted a list of pickup points for citizens who need assistance with evacuation. More
September 11, 2008 -- Captain Edward Alonzo, head of the of The Salvation Army in Pasadena, was deployed early this morning to lead The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Effort in San Antonio, Texas. More
September 11, 2008 -- The Jamaica Beach Weather Observatory will cease operations later tonight before tides reach five feet. More
September 11, 2008 -- Entergy Texas, Inc. continues to keep a close eye on the ever-changing track of Hurricane Ike, readying crews and materials to meet the storm’s challenge. More
September 11, 2008 -- Houston Mayor Bill White and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett held a news conference this afternoon at Houston TranStar to discuss preparations for Hurricane Ike. More
September 11, 2008 -- President George W. Bush has announced Emergency Declarations for Texas. More
September 11, 2008 -- The United States Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston has set Port Condition Yankee with the approach of Hurricane Ike. More
September 11, 2008 -- Harris County Judge Ed Emmett has declared a "state of disaster" for Harris County, granting him powers to control evacuations, rescue efforts and the closure of county facilities. More
September 11, 2008 -- Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough called for a mandatory evacuation of Galveston Island, and portions of unincorporated Galveston County. More
September 11, 2008 -- At 9:00 AM CDT...the tide in West Bay at the Jamaica Beach Weather Observatory had already risen to 3.18 ft above Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW). This is 2.08 ft above the predicted astronomical (normal) tide of 1.10 feet for 9:00 AM CDT. More
September 10, 2008 -- In preparation for potentially severe weather, the Captain of the Port for Sector Houston-Galveston has set Port Condition X-Ray effective. Anticipating gale force winds to make landfall within 48 hours, all vessel owners and operators shall enact their plans to moor or anchor their vessels, or put to sea, in preparation of the severe weather associated with Hurricane Ike. More
September 10, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough reports that voluntary evacuations have been called for coastal areas around Galveston County. MP3
September 10, 2008 -- Galveston City Council held an emergency meeting at 11:30 today to declare an emergency, then Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas, City Manager Steve LeBlanc and Jamaica Beach Mayor Vic Pierson met with reporters to announce a voluntary evacuation of West Galveston Island. More
September 10, 2008 -- The Harris County Office of Emergency Management announced that it is not calling for evacuations at this time. More
September 10, 2008 -- The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management today recommended residents in coastal communities consider voluntary evacuation due to the approach of Hurricane Ike. More
September 09, 2008 -- Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas reported to a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the predicted track of Hurricane Ike has taken a turn to the north and is now expected to make landfall at Matagorda Bay. More
September 09, 2008 -- Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough reports that State and National Weather Service officials now expect Hurricane Ike to make landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast well to the south of Galveston County. More
September 08, 2008 -- Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and City Manager Steve LeBlanc met with reporters in City Council Chambers following the afternoon conference call with State and National Weather Service officials. More
September 08, 2008 -- Municipal and County officials this morning participated in a conference call with State officials and the National Weather Service to discuss Hurricane Ike and its expected impact on the Texas Gulf Coast. More
September 08, 2008 -- This is the 108th anniversary of the 1900 Storm, also known as the Great Storm, that devastated Galveston Island and killed more than 6,000 people. More
September 07, 2008 -- Jim O'Donnel at the Jamaica Beach Weather Observatory advises that a northward moving warm front just off the upper Texas coast will move through the local area this afternoon; and warns that there are increasing indications that Hurricane Ike may have an impact on the Texas Gulf Coast. More


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