Hurricane Ike Slams into San Leon

Hurricane Ike Slams into San Leon

There are 15 comments on the Houston Press story from Sep 18, 2008, titled Hurricane Ike Slams into San Leon. In it, Houston Press reports that:

Businesses, homes and cars were destroyed, and plenty of folks wound up with boats in their yards.

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Mya

Columbus, OH

#1 Sep 19, 2008
HEY ALL RIGHT! Just got to talk to my friend Marcia. She and her husband were very lucky. Their house remained standing. However, five acres of fence gone, roof at least partially, everything drenched of course- and if they have to stop using a 40 dollar a day generator then everything is going to mildew. However, she is grateful that they have one. She spoke at length about the lack of help up until now- but how today the FEMA trailors are there and there are military personnel on hand to help the controlled chaos. She was waiting in line for them to open and give people supplies. Everything is really not much though and rationed of course. Lastnite apparently was the first hot anything she had had in days. & She commented she feels she will be sick if she has to eat one more bologna sandwich. She reiterated what other have said. People, even people that normally do "ok" --- do NOT have right now. People are hungry. People are tired and people are hurting. There are still missing, yet on that front I seemed to know more than her. She also verfified that if even she leaves the area- she will have to face the baracades and show I.D.--- cause they are NOT allowing people who do not normally belong there to be there right now.

She spoke of someone getting shot because of looting earlier in the week. & Spoke of how it seem tragedy either makes you buck it up - though tired- or how it can bring every selfish and brash point out of people---------- as people cut in lines- or try to take the little you got.

She is tired. They are all tired.

& They are hungry and hurting. Hurting out of shock, hurting cause of hunger and weariness, some because of loss------ all because of lack of food money etc.*Remember- even when someone might have--- doesn't mean they can get to--------especially if institutions involved are closed. & A lot of peoples' jobs are down- in some cases- gone. You know how most of us live week to week? Well---- many have been working
but now have been not working a week. No money on top of everything else. No one taking debit even for those that have.

I asked how someone- without an I.D. could get any kind of help down there to them------money or food--- & she didn't rightly know. Said that's why FEMA is there she guessed.

Just wanted to give the skinny as I got it from someone who is there.

& I want to tell you all something. This lady is a very strong lady. I have seen her weather a lot in life and do it with a lot of grace and definite fortitude, but I will tell you that this has seemed to knock the wind out of her also. & *I knw she is trying------ as they all are---

But she said is is BAD, "Mya, it is really BAD." & She in NO WAY exaggerates---------- so people-

PRAY. PRAY a lot & if any of us find out how to help- I would encourage people to do so.

The pics the rumors etc.= this all is not an exaggeration. & Until today many down there have felt as if they were forgotten, hearing about all the help going to the Houston area==========

"Wiped of the map" was used=

Anyway-
john street san leon

Houston, TX

#2 Sep 24, 2008
We are all in the same boat some alot worse than others but we will make it through this. I would say that every building in san leon is either destroyed or severely damaged. Top water grill is gone, eagle point marina is gone. Many people are looking but not finding the items washed from their homes. Now most of the debris not on san leon is across Dicks Bay washed up on the levey. The people and the animals of san leon are hurting many stray dogs are looking for food and mainly water. The ditches are full of rotting food and sewage. I will be bringing food and water for my neighbors and the animals tomorrow. Lets pray for each other and use this event to better ourselves by helping someone else. We are down but not out.
Debbie McGregor Heinrich

Golden, CO

#3 Sep 24, 2008
Still looking for my brother Mike McGregor.Heard from him Sunday after Ike but not since. His house in San Leon is gone completly. Hoping he has finally given in and gone to a shelter of some sort. Six foot tall Blonde, balding,45 years old.He has nothing and no-one right now. I will come get him if I can find him.
Nancy Lombardo

La Marque, TX

#4 Sep 25, 2008
My Brother and Mother have been found.. My Mother as it turned out was the 82 year old woman the rescuers,(in the houston newspaper dated Sept.13th.)Wouldn't give up on. They ran out of time, to leave, so they stayed in their trailer, till ike's eye came over, and the water in the trailer went down enough (9ft surge), for them to seek refuge.It was a mircle of GOD they survived..some neighbors that lived 1 1/2 blocks away, saw them floating on a kayak.. and took them into their home,untill help could come. Theses people were so kind to them, and helpped them weather the storm's raft, and gave them food and a bath, and warm clothes to wear.Thank God for letting those Blessed Angels for being there to save their lives, and the rescurers efforts, To get them to a safe place. They were missing for 9 day's and noone knew where they were, except when I happened to come up on the newspaper artical..As everyone we,were without eletricity. Thank God. For the internet,we were able to locate them..GOD BLESS EVERYONE EFFECTED BY IKE, THERE IN SAN LEON AND OTHER COASTAL AREAS.Nancy Lombardo, Texas City, Texas
Mia

Houston, TX

#5 Sep 26, 2008
Mya-I came across this message-please contact me if I can help Marcia's area with hot meals, clothes, etc. I am in Clear Lake but other than roof, fence & mold in my brothers apartments we're ok. Please contact me @ [email protected] if Marcia could still use help, which I'm certain I know the answer. Pray for everyone here...don't stop!

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" - Mark Twain.
Mya wrote:
HEY ALL RIGHT! Just got to talk to my friend Marcia. She and her husband were very lucky. Their house remained standing. However, five acres of fence gone, roof at least partially, everything drenched of course- and if they have to stop using a 40 dollar a day generator then everything is going to mildew. However, she is grateful that they have one. She spoke at length about the lack of help up until now- but how today the FEMA trailors are there and there are military personnel on hand to help the controlled chaos. She was waiting in line for them to open and give people supplies. Everything is really not much though and rationed of course. Lastnite apparently was the first hot anything she had had in days. & She commented she feels she will be sick if she has to eat one more bologna sandwich. She reiterated what other have said. People, even people that normally do "ok" --- do NOT have right now. People are hungry. People are tired and people are hurting. There are still missing, yet on that front I seemed to know more than her. She also verfified that if even she leaves the area- she will have to face the baracades and show I.D.--- cause they are NOT allowing people who do not normally belong there to be there right now.
She spoke of someone getting shot because of looting earlier in the week. & Spoke of how it seem tragedy either makes you buck it up - though tired- or how it can bring every selfish and brash point out of people---------- as people cut in lines- or try to take the little you got.
She is tired. They are all tired.
& They are hungry and hurting. Hurting out of shock, hurting cause of hunger and weariness, some because of loss------ all because of lack of food money etc.*Remember- even when someone might have--- doesn't mean they can get to--------especially if institutions involved are closed. & A lot of peoples' jobs are down- in some cases- gone. You know how most of us live week to week? Well---- many have been working
but now have been not working a week. No money on top of everything else. No one taking debit even for those that have.
I asked how someone- without an I.D. could get any kind of help down there to them------money or food--- & she didn't rightly know. Said that's why FEMA is there she guessed.
Just wanted to give the skinny as I got it from someone who is there.
& I want to tell you all something. This lady is a very strong lady. I have seen her weather a lot in life and do it with a lot of grace and definite fortitude, but I will tell you that this has seemed to knock the wind out of her also. & *I knw she is trying------ as they all are---
But she said is is BAD, "Mya, it is really BAD." & She in NO WAY exaggerates---------- so people-
PRAY. PRAY a lot & if any of us find out how to help- I would encourage people to do so.
The pics the rumors etc.= this all is not an exaggeration. & Until today many down there have felt as if they were forgotten, hearing about all the help going to the Houston area==========
"Wiped of the map" was used=
Anyway-
sanleonsister

Austin, TX

#6 Sep 26, 2008
We're relatives of San Leon survivors. We live in Austin, TX and Chicago areas. We want to help. Brother, Glenn, says he will truck down supplies specially for San Leon residents. If you can't get them in Texas, he'll find them for you and get them to you. He's thinking generators, machinery, heavy equipment. Contact him at [email protected]
12th St Survivor

United States

#7 Sep 26, 2008
I too live in San Leon. I left on Friday, before Ike hit and came back the following Tuesday. Everyone knows about the devestation, so I won't comment on that. Just wanted to give you an idea of what it's like right now. It look like around 50% of the people have power back and most have water again. Others, like me have generators and water jugs. FEMA and other organizations handed out cases and cases of bottled water and are still handing it out. Very few places have ice anymore. I'm still getting mine at the park by the spillway on Bayshore drive. Red Cross is handing out hot meals and a church just off 9th st is still giving away food (mostly snack stuff).
I don't eat sweets as a rule, but it helps. The MREs were gone quickly and the PODs (Points of Distribution) are all gone from this area. There are lots of people here willing to work, but don't have a vehicle. Thiers got flooded. There is lots of work here too for someone who doesn't mind getting dirty. The check points are gone, so anyone can come in now. The scam artists are here and working thier trade. Anyone with a legetimate skill or trade can have as much work here as they can handle, but bring your own place to stay. There are lots of rv parks. Lodging is at a premium, if you can even find it. We are making a comeback, but it's gonna take time. The good lord willing and the tide don't rise. God bless all those who have helped us.
maria

United States

#8 Sep 30, 2008
Hey my name is maria, and i lived off 517fm and 146. On otther words my house and everything in it is gone. We had 6 1/2 feet of water some rooms 7 ft. My poor boyfreind is a superintendant for demo. contracters. Which means he went back to work the next day after hurricane ike. Did'nt even have a chance to grieve for everything we lost. I'm having problems finding info on where shelters are open for san leon. Or rv parks. Or basically just a place to go in and take a shower. If anyone has any info on these where abouts please let me know. Any help would be a huge lifesavor. Im sorry for all your losses. My heart swells with greef for all the lifeloss and my neighbors. My preyers are with you all. please email me with any info [email protected]
P Goodwin

Conroe, TX

#9 Sep 30, 2008
Do you know how far the damage goes down Ave J? We use to know people that lived near the big curve at Ave J and 29th st. I would also email Gov Rick Perry's office and your local state representative about the disappearance of the POD and Fema help with food etc. It doesn't hurt to try. I would also contact Channel 11 News. They are doing a good job of helping areas get the help that they need. Channel 13 is also helping. Give it a try -- it can't hurt and might help. God Bless... you I live in Conroe, Tx. My heart goes out to you all. I have been helping the handicapped people here in my area after Ike. There is a church there in San Leon that I saw on tv today that is giving out food, ice etc. I hope you are able to find it to get some help. I can't find the article on the net to see the address of the church that is helping people in San Leon. It showed a picture of it and one of the buildings was washed off the pier and beams it was setting on. It has to be near the waterfront area. I hope you find it and can get some help.
12th St Survivor wrote:
I too live in San Leon. I left on Friday, before Ike hit and came back the following Tuesday. Everyone knows about the devestation, so I won't comment on that. Just wanted to give you an idea of what it's like right now. It look like around 50% of the people have power back and most have water again. Others, like me have generators and water jugs. FEMA and other organizations handed out cases and cases of bottled water and are still handing it out. Very few places have ice anymore. I'm still getting mine at the park by the spillway on Bayshore drive. Red Cross is handing out hot meals and a church just off 9th st is still giving away food (mostly snack stuff).
I don't eat sweets as a rule, but it helps. The MREs were gone quickly and the PODs (Points of Distribution) are all gone from this area. There are lots of people here willing to work, but don't have a vehicle. Thiers got flooded. There is lots of work here too for someone who doesn't mind getting dirty. The check points are gone, so anyone can come in now. The scam artists are here and working thier trade. Anyone with a legetimate skill or trade can have as much work here as they can handle, but bring your own place to stay. There are lots of rv parks. Lodging is at a premium, if you can even find it. We are making a comeback, but it's gonna take time. The good lord willing and the tide don't rise. God bless all those who have helped us.
bwil

United States

#10 Sep 30, 2008
Hey Maria, I am a female who lives in San Leon off 517, If you haven't found anything yet, you are welcome to taker a shower at my house, I have hot water. I know that is the one thing I wanted most when I came back. Let me know and I can give you more info so you can feel safe.
Barbara
maria wrote:
Hey my name is maria, and i lived off 517fm and 146. On otther words my house and everything in it is gone. We had 6 1/2 feet of water some rooms 7 ft. My poor boyfreind is a superintendant for demo. contracters. Which means he went back to work the next day after hurricane ike. Did'nt even have a chance to grieve for everything we lost. I'm having problems finding info on where shelters are open for san leon. Or rv parks. Or basically just a place to go in and take a shower. If anyone has any info on these where abouts please let me know. Any help would be a huge lifesavor. Im sorry for all your losses. My heart swells with greef for all the lifeloss and my neighbors. My preyers are with you all. please email me with any info [email protected]
bwil

United States

#11 Sep 30, 2008
Sorry, I will give you my email: [email protected]
Let me know if I can help.
Barbara
517 San Leon Resident

Florham Park, NJ

#12 Oct 2, 2008
My wife & I moved to San Leon in April 2008. We love it there. Our house is on 517. The house is ok but everything outside, in the storage shed is gone. About 4-5 feet of water came through our yard. San Leon Residents: Apply for FEMA, they are coming. An Inspector came to our house yesterday! It takes time to get to everyone, but you MUST register. They don't just show up at your property. They have deployed 200 inspectors to our area. If you get George Greggo, he is the nicest guy. I couldn't believe he was with FEMA. It will hard but hang in there, help is slowly coming.....God Bless!
san leon ex-resident

Texas City, TX

#13 Oct 2, 2008
Until September 13, I lived in a cute two-story house at the end of 8th street. After four feet of water destoyed the house, the FEMA assessor told us to find an apartment. Now our FEMA application has come up DENIED. Apparently, four feet of water does not render the house "uninhabitable." Just a warning to all you San Leon residents..don't expect much from FEMA. That way you won't be let down.
SANLEON

United States

#14 Oct 6, 2008
it is so sad how sanleon looks now and all the people left without a home all you can do is start over its hard but maybe this is for the best sometimes things happen for the better..you would think that there would be more help for the people in sanleon nope people are sitting in texas city with just power outage or a smallroof leak and are getting $2000 dollar checks from fema and here we are lost everything and cannot get any help ..i just hope everybody is okay gob bless we will get through thisday by day
stephanie

Dickinson, TX

#15 Nov 7, 2008
i am a 13 year old girl and my house,clothes ,cars everything is gone when i got back from evacuating my heart felt like it was about to jump out of my throat you dont really think about that kinda stuff until it happens to you and when it does happen you dont where to start or even where to end there was no place for me to live thanks to my aunt now i do but that doesnt change the fact that it still hurts!!!!!!!!!! love all my people down in SAN LEON [PEACE]

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