Clint and Christi’s neighborhood via satellite before and after Ike. Most of the houses and trees look intact (including theirs) which is good. It looks like the floodwaters have started to recede, too.
The seawall seems to have done its job and protected Galveston proper from the full power of the ocean. The pyramid-shaped buildings at Moody Gardens all appear fine, the NOAA facility still has roofs on all its turtle sanctuaries, and even our Starbucks building on the harbor side looks intact.
This is at 23rd and Seawall Blvd, the site of some gift shops on piers and the Balinese Room, a historic nightclub. Stretching beyond the seawall and straight into the surf, these did not fare so well:
Out on the Bolivar Peninsula where houses were built right on the beach with no seawall or elevation to protect them, the difference is much more dramatic. This is at Crystal Beach (see yesterday’s map).