Texas officials struggle to stabilize post-Ike services

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- A week after being ravaged by Hurricane Ike, the coastal communities in Texas continue their struggle to pull themselves together.

Governor Rick Perry says 20,500 of the more than 1 million people who were evacuated are still in 190 shelters. The death toll in the Lone Star state stands at 22, with authorities cautioning that more victims could be found.

The city of Galveston is described by one official as being on life support. There's some power to the only hospital -- but not enough. Cell phone service is spotty and a single gas pump is working in front of a supermarket.

Life is a bit closer to normal in Houston, where traffic is picking up on the downtown streets and power has been restored to nearly 900,000 homes. Still, there are more people in the nation's fourth-largest city without electricity than with it.

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

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