Galveston mayor headed to D.C. to seek federal aid

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- The mayor of Galveston, Texas, is asking Washington lawmakers for more than 2 billion dollars in federal aid for her city devastated by Hurricane Ike.

City officials say Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas will meet with a Senate subcommittee tomorrow to seek the 2.3 billion dollars for the city, ports and hospital damaged by the storm more than a week ago.

But officials haven't tallied up the total figure needed to repair and rebuild.

Galveston officials also said today that when residents are allowed to return Wednesday, those whose homes are uninhabitable can live temporarily in shelters set up on the mainland.

A shuttle service will take residents to their homes in Galveston island during the day so they can make repairs and clean up.

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

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