Two years ago Huricane Ike made landfall into Galveston. We were forewarned and well prepared. The evacuations were organised and orderly. Ike had been a good teacher. The storm hit Galveston and Bolivar Pennisiular with all his furry, a 16 foot storm surge damaged almost 100% of the structures and severely damaged or destroyed 80%. We here at Casa Libertad evacuated safely to the Woodlands which is 75 miles north and inland from here. When we made it back we weren’t allowed to use the municpal sewage system because it was inoperable. The causeway was a canyon of refuse and wreckage, Our neighborhood was lucky, There was only 4 feet of water in our homes. Others fared much worse.
Today the Island Island is alive with hope, most of the people have returned. This weekend after Labor day is traditionally the weekend that we take our Island back, the beaches are ours, and traffic is easy. This year it was even more special. We have taken our Island back and an we aren’t in mourning but in celebration. A flash mob formed yesterday in celebration with Mayor Joe leading the dancing ..