Ike-battered Galveston allows residents to return

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) -- Nearly two weeks after Ike, some Texas residents are returning to their homes on Galveston Island to find almost all of their possessions lost.

Ruben Rosas returned to his first-floor apartment on a bayou this morning. Some of the only things left in it were a cross that had been left on his father's coffin and a small "King of Dads" statue his kids gave him when they were young. The 74-year-old says the good thing is that he's "still around."

City officials have tried to prepare residents for the devastation Ike has left behind. Galveston still only has limited medical, power, water and sewer system capabilities.

The city began letting people back in early this morning. Many people had been lining up on the highway leading to the island before dawn.

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

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