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Full Impact of Ike Still not Known

Posted on 13 September 2008

Area politicians said it would take days to assess the damage to lives and property, but it appeared that the hurricane would become the most punishing storm to hit the area since Hurricane Alicia 25 years ago.

At least 100,000 homes were inundated by surging waters, while isolated fires broke out around the region when trees and flying objects fell on electrical transformers, causing sparks.

More than three million customers in Texas and thousands more in Louisiana lost power, The Associated Press reported. In Houston, only the downtown area and the medical center section had power.

“It’s going to be weeks before we get power to the last customers,” said Mike Rodgers, a spokesman for Entergy Texas, the primary electricity provider between Houston and the Louisiana border. Mr. Rodgers said the damage to the electric grid was much more widespread than Hurricane Rita, which hit the area in 2005.

Centerpoint, another major provider, also predicted that repairs could take weeks. Mayor Bill White of Houston said on local television: “This is going to be a time of testing. This is a time for neighbors to help neighbors.”