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Ike: More from Edmundo Rocha in Houston

As Edmundo Rocha noted earlier today, things are looking pretty dire for those in Ike’s path. For those interested in what it looks like on the ground, he’s liveblogging as best he can over at ¡Para Justicia y Libertad!

Meanwhile, we’ve gotten a few more e-mails from him. Here are the relevant parts:

  • Most of Surfside Beach was submerged by mid-morning, with waters topping mailboxes and stop signs. Homes, sitting atop 10-foot-plus stilts, already had water lapping at their legs, giving the homes the appearance of rising straight up from the water. Storm surge brought churning Gulf waters into the streets and yards, making the ocean and the land one in the same.
  • The Coast Guard has received over 150 calls to to rescue people from the coast….only 22 have been rescued and they are about to end the rescue effort.
  • The mayor of Galveston has admitted she missed the window of opportunity to call for a mandatory evac.

He also passes on the scariest item yet for anyone who remembers Katrina: 37,000 may need to be rescued after Hurricane Ike.

Two more items come from Ann Ivins, who lives in San Antonio:

  • Even with the terrible planning and deadly highway gridlock, San Antonio was full by the time Rita hit – and she was headed further north. Galveston’s already flooding. There’s no one here. The hotels and motels along 37 and 35 have tons of rooms available; I called three just now to check. Why haven’t people been leaving?
  • This was from the National Weather Service yesterday:

    The unusually strong wording came in a weather advisory regarding storm surge along the shoreline of Galveston Bay, which could see maximum water levels of 15 to 22 feet, the agency said.

    “All neighborhoods … and possibly entire coastal communities … will be inundated during the period of peak storm tide,” the advisory said. “Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single-family one- or two-story homes will face certain death.”

    We’ve never heard anything that strong before.

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