HOUSTON – Thursday marks 10 years since Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston with winds of near 110 mph.
The storm decimated Bolivar Peninsula with the 12-14 feet of surge that was pushed ashore. The tide rose as high as 21 feet at Eagle’s Pass in Galveston Bay. Eighty percent of homes on the Peninsula were destroyed.
All told, Ike killed 214 people as it tracked across the Bahamas, Cuba and the U.S. The storm caused a total of $38 billion in damage, making it the sixth-costliest hurricane in U.S. history.
Below are memories of the storm from some of the KPRC2 team that covered the devastation. These interviews were recorded in 2013 to mark the five-year anniversary.
“I remember, Bolivar, we knew, was decimated. We had heard that there was very little left on Bolivar.”
“I thought, ‘This just can’t happen,’ and then it did.”
“I feel that where our community really shows its colors is in the aftermath of a storm.”
“Nobody could really see what kind of damage it was doing, but you could get a sense of it. You could feel it.”
“It was exhilarating. It was terrifying. It was a mix of so many emotions rolled up into one.”
“I experienced the storm like a civilian, is what I like to say.”
“We just wanted a dry place to stay just like everybody else that was down there.”
“It was largely a ghost town. We saw huge piles of debris.”