Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Gulf coast on September 13, 2008 near Galveston, Texas. When Hurricane Ike hit it registered as a category 2 hurricane; however, before it hit land the storm went as high as a category 5 hurricane. Even though this hurricane was only a category 2 it still caused major damage. Hurricane Ike came ashore in Texas at 2:10 a.m. CDT, Sept. 13, and brought a wall of water over 13 feet high, sweeping through Galveston Island, and on the mainland. Ike made landfall with sustained winds near 110 mph, just 1 mph short of a Category 3 hurricane The effects of Hurricane Ike began to make their mark on Southeast Texas several days before the Hurricane made landfall. Actually before the National Weather Service had even issued Hurricane warnings for the communities of Southeast Texas the effects of the incoming storm were being felt. The incoming storm began to cause flooding from the storm surge. Two days before the hurricane made landfall, the waves were already topping the seawall in Galveston, Texas. We had so much surge that it caused the Bayous to fill and caused major flooding in small communities, for example my community of Labelle, Texas. There were also entire communities that were wiped out, with almost every house in the area totally demolished.
In the community known as Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, is where there were many lives lost as well as total devastation. This is where many families, including my own, had beach cabins that were totally destroyed by the storm and storm surge. The surge in this area actually started 2 days before the storm hit. In the area of Bolivar Peninsula there were around 150 people that had stayed behind and did not listen to the warnings of the upcoming storm. Sadly most of the 150 people that stayed behind became victims of the storm. Many people lost their lives trying to escape as the water began to rise. There were many...