Officials consider ordering holdouts off battered island

GALEVSTON, Texas (AP) -- Government officials say the few hundred holdouts on Bolivar Peninsula near Galveston, Texas, will have to leave in the next few days. Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough says the roughly 250 "old timers who aren't going to want to leave" may have to be ordered off the barrier island that was decimated by Hurricane Ike.

Entire neighborhoods were wiped out by the storm and there is no power, no running water or gas service.

Yarbrough says authorities may never know how many people who tried to weather the storm were washed out to sea but he does expect that there will be fatalities.

Residents of Galveston are being allowed into their neighborhoods to "look and leave" during daylight hours. Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas says she is trying to get the estimated 15,000 holdouts to leave since the lack of services has led to "a blossoming health and medical concern."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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