As the news media is still banned from much of Galveston Island, the updates (and especially the pictures and video) are coming very slowly. It’s unprecedented that the authorities would block access like this, so either it 1) is horrific and they’re trying to prevent a panicked reaction in the dislocated population (such as abandoning the town) or 2) doesn’t appear bad on the surface and might lead residents to move back too early and put themselves at risk.

I’ve been scraping together what images I could find from all over the web. My apologies to anyone that I failed to credit properly for a photo – please let me know and I’ll rectify. I re-hosted them because I was worried they’d move or be pulled down.

First, here’s a map with some of the places talked about in the news. My friends lived about 8 blocks south of Downtown Galveston.

And then, some of the pictures I’ve found so far (there really aren’t many out there yet). These are all from Friday, results of the early storm surges that landed before Hurricane Ike actually hit Galveston early Saturday morning:

And then, what little has been reported since Saturday afternoon, after Ike swept through the area on its way to Houston. Most of these are from Sunday, Sept 14 2008.

I’ve got a few more on my work computer and I’ll do another search and put them up unless I have something newer tomorrow. I so glad the town was evacuated.