Galveston: City Isn't Ready For Residents' Return

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Galveston, Texas (AP) The Mayor of Galveston, Texas, says the city is “not in ruins,” but it remains a mess and she's asking people to stay away another week.

There's some power to the only hospital, though not enough, and spotty cell phone service.

Texas governor Rick Perry is joining the call for residents of Galveston to be patient.

Perry says he “absolutely” understands that people want to go home. Perry himself has been living in temporary quarters since his official residence burned down in June.

Galveston island remains closed, as does the worse-off Bolivar Peninsula, where the storm's surge washed entire neighborhoods into the sea. Authorities say search teams pulled out of both areas this week after sweeping every house.

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