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.
"Today has been obviously a very big day for us because we finally implemented our re-entry program over on Bolivar Peninsula ," Yarbrough said. "Commissioner Pat Doyle has been on site since 6 o'clock this morning. He wanted to be there when the first cars started rolling in."
Yarbrough said that the day has gone "extremely smooth," and most of the returnees had good attitudes and are prepared to begin the rebuilding process.
He noted that the American Red Cross has joined the effort was providing hot meals to the residents and property owners.
Other than a long traffic line early in the day, there were few problems for law enforcement.
Yarbrough said that the debris contractors are continuing to work elsewhere in the County, but that it will take four to five weeks to complete the project.
"There are still pockets of electricity still out," he noted. "Bayou Vista, Tiki (Island), parts of La Marque, parts of Freddiesville, certainly the San Leon/Bacliff area, people still have a lot of damage and it is going to be a long haul."
He noted that County facilities are coming back on line, however many County offices will continue to operate on the mainland while work continues at the old County Courthouse on Galveston Island and other buildings affected by Ike.