September 14, 2008 |
Hurricane Ike swallowed Dawn Demers' four-bedroom home so completely that she couldn't even see her rooftop as she stood marooned on a bridge, staring at brown floodwaters and trying not to weep. Just down the highway, Ike somehow spared Gary Jenkins' ramshackle trailer, chewing up a few tree limbs but leaving Jenkins unharmed as he sat listening to radio bulletins in his pajama bottoms Saturday morning. The worst hurricane to hit the Texas coast in recent memory was capricious, destroying some homes and lives while leaving others blessedly untouched.
September 4, 2000 |
The hurricane struck by surprise, decimating this island city, killing thousands and sweeping entire neighborhoods clean. Linda MacDonald's late grandfather lived through the Great Storm a century ago this week and told her unforgettable stories. Just 6 when the winds and water crashed through, he rode out the tempest in his father's bakery.
July 4, 1998 |
State health officials are warning consumers not to eat oysters harvested from Galveston Bay, Texas, which have sickened about 245 people nationwide, including at least six in California. Three people in San Francisco, two in Santa Clara County and one in San Joaquin County became ill after eating bacteria-tainted oysters, officials said. Health authorities blame the problem on a bacterium that is killed by thorough cooking.
July 3, 1998 |
State officials say another 58 people have been identified as victims of bacteria-tainted oysters from Galveston Bay. Doug McBride, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Health, said the cases confirmed Thursday bring the total since June 1 to 248, including 206 in Texas, 36 in Florida and six in California. The number surpasses an outbreak last year involving 208 people in the Pacific Northwest who were sickened by bacteria-tainted oysters. One died.
March 19, 1996 |
A barge carrying more than 714,000 gallons of oil broke open Monday just outside the Houston Ship Channel, spilling a ribbon of crude oil at least 2 miles long into Galveston Bay. High seas and winds of up to 45 mph apparently caused the barge to buckle and rupture. Televised images from the scene showed the vessel sunken in the middle and apparently on the verge of breaking in two. Oil began streaming from the Buffalo Marine Service Inc. barge north of Pelican Island about 1 p.m.
September 8, 1991 |
Workers using skimmers and absorbent pads mopped up sections of a 40,000-gallon oil spill but said it still threatened a wildlife habitat along Galveston Bay. A 10-mile stretch of the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway remained closed as well. A 10-inch pipeline ruptured before midnight Thursday when Amoco Pipeline Co. workers were transferring light crude oil to a barge at the company's High Island terminal in Galveston's east bay, a company spokesman said.