Searchers and dog teams will begin looking for victims in the Hurricane Ike storm debris in Galveston and Chambers County, for the FIRST organized search and recovery. Why this is just NOW being done is very puzzling. Click here for video on the search.
The search will begin in Galveston today, and then move to Chambers County over the weekend. Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia has been asking for help from the governor’s office since DAY ONE. He says he’s confused by the delay, and that some of the missing from Galveston Island may have been blown across Galveston Bay into Chambers County.
“I don’t have a clue why it is taking so long. You know, it really should be Galveston County pushing because those are Galveston County folks that would be up here in my county.”
Currently, there are at least 400 people still missing, according to local Houston media. This is an approximate number, as there are so many different places that families are looking, registering and posting their names…that it’s difficult to get an accurate count. From what Snarkfood has been able to determine, 400 is probably a conservative number.
The residents of Galveston were allowed to come back to the island last week; the residents whose homes were behind the seawall were allowed to stay, those whose homes (or what was left of their homes) were on the hardest-hit West end of the island, must go away every night, and return during the day. Many, many people have had to throw EVERYTHING away from their homes. Every single solitary thing. Here’s a video from a resident who returned to Galveston last week:
UPDATE: 9/28/08 Over 400 people are still missing from the Texas Coast nearly two weeks after the storm devastated much of the area. The mainstream media has forgotten them. Their families, desperate, have not. Here’s an update video.
Snarkfood promised to continue to follow the story– and today we are listing the names of the people we’ve been able to determine are missing. These names come directly from those who are desperately searching for them. It is by NO means a complete list.
The mainstream media’s refusal to even report a ballpark number of those who are missing is shameful, and high-visibility (celebrity) attention to the problem is ZERO. In defense of the celebrities, they, along with the rest of America are not being told the story.
So we will. Here are the names of some of our American brothers and sisters who’ve been missing since Hurricane Ike hit. The following have been listed as missing or otherwise unaccounted for by their family members on the ABC 13 (Houston area) Hurricane Ike Missing Persons Locater, and the KHOU forums. Screw the media blackout.
Including Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, Caplen, Gilchrist, High Island
Alex (no last name given)
Anderson, Bobby (survived, but friend perished)
Bagwell, Blaine and mother Ginger
Billy the Kid (across from Sharkey’s)
Brad (no last name given)
Brookshire, Delores Rose
Carol (Crystal Canals Bait Camp)
Carol (Tuna St.)
Cecil and Tommy (High Island)
Cheryl (the nurse)
Cloud, Michael Cook, Lee: 10/3/08: Lee and Sandy contacted us today at Snarkfood, and want to let everyone know they evacuated from Crystal Beach, and are okay and safe. Great news!
Dud (at Decoux’s)
Ettenger, Gail: Sadly, Gail Ettenger was found deceased.
Floyd (Garza’s Grocery)
Garrett, Charles Allen
Glen (Red): deceased- pre- Hurricane Ike
Gloria (Cottage by the Sea)
Jock, Jessica and family
Kahla, Mary and family
Knight, Beverly and husband
Lee, Robert and Gail and Gina
Lisa (18th and Galveston)
Marcia (message therapist)
Moore, Steve and family
Moseley, Herman- 10/3/08: Sadly, Gilchrist resident Herman “PeeWee” Thomas Mosley was found deceased today in the waters off the Bolivar Peninsula.
Nguyen, Father (St. Theresa’s)
Pilsner, E.A. and family
Ron and wife Dorothy (Melody Lane)
Steve (friend of David Pickett)
Stines, Kahla and family and friends
Tiki Man Kevin
Tom and Daniela (no last name given)
Tovar, Mario and family
Vidrine, Carol and family
Vidrine, PJ and family
Walker, Greg: 10/5/08- Sadly, Port Neches resident Greg Walker was found deceased by Texas Equusearch volunteers.
Wanda (Crystal Canal RV Park)
Ward, Terri and family
Werner, Donna and Lauren
Will (on Yuca)
Williams, Shane: Sadly, Shane Williams is deceased
Wisenbaker, Mikey and family
Wisenbaker, Mycol and
Galveston County / Galveston Island
Banks, Leon Jr.
Berryman, Thelma- She lived at 40th & Ave R in Galveston
Boyd, Keith and family
Bustamante, Richard and family
Chapman, Danielle (Dani) and sons Joel and Addison- Sea Isle, house had Texas flag painted on garage
Cole, Natalie and daughters
Ferguson, Mae Joyce
Grace (aunt of Lynn Robinson)
Heinrich, Paul and family
Manago, Shawna and kids
Melasome, Willie Mae
Moore, Ray Jr.
Ruiz, Ernan and children
Schultz, Susan (not her, but her aunt)
Stewart, Thelma and friends Tina and Peanut
Thomas, Kenneth (deceased)