Category Archives: Hurricane Ike

Bridge City moves forward since Ike

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It’s been five years since Hurricane Ike came to town, but according to City Manager, Jerry Jones, the city’s recovery has been “pretty phenomenal.” As the storm approached, and looked certain to come to Southeast Texas, city officials took a

Five years of recovery since Hurricane Ike


This week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Ike which hit Southeast Texas Sept. 13, 2008 and left many areas devastated in the months to follow. For some it has taken years to fully recover. It was the ninth named

Construction ongoing post Ike


After two years there are still approximately 700 homes in Bridge City that have not been dealt with since Hurricane Ike according to Jeff Parrent, president of L.T.C. Professional Builder, Inc.

Area businesses still struggle after Ike


Two years later, most of the area businesses have reopened following Hurricane Ike, but it is not smooth sailing for many of them. The downturn in the economy lately has slowed many’s recovery.

OC Receives $12.3 Million for Hurricane Recovery

The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) Disaster Recovery division today awarded a grant of $12,304,606 for Orange County to repair damages caused by Hurricane Ike. The grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant

Hidden Ike accident finally surfaces

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One might think it strange: a 40- to 50-foot petroleum tanker that washed up on an island near Cow Bayou.

County observes severe weather awareness

Ike volunteers get back to work

Even though not as visible, there are still hundreds of people coming in a steady flow to Orange County helping those that have no other means of repairing their homes after Hurricane Ike.

Ike temporary housing program extended

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Texas Division of Emergency Management has announced that the governor’s request for a four-month extension to the Direct Assistance provided for temporary housing has been granted for eligible hurricane Ike individuals and families. The program originally slated to

$10 million boost to Orange’s post-Ike rental housing market

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) recently announced a $10 million award to help restore Orange’s stock of affordable rental housing damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ike. The award is expected to bring greater stability to the lives of low

FEMA IDs resources as March deadline nears

Daily progress continues to be made as a federally mandated “End of Program” date of March 12, 2010 approaches for all occupants of temporary disaster housing units provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Ike spurs dog’s amazing journey


Cindy and Michael Chataignier moved to Bridge City in 1996 as part of Michael’s work with the Federal Prison System.

‘We Remember’ to be historic affair


The “We Remember” Committee consists of Richard Solomon, Charlotte Hamilton, Bridge city Councilman David Rutledge, Christy Teague, Bridge City Mayor Kirk Roccaforte and Sarah Briggs.

Ike 360: ‘things are coming back’

In the year since Hurricane Ike, Bridge City officials have kept up with permit records in the “A” Flood Zone – the area most hit by the storm surge.

L.T.C. contributes to We Remember celebration


Richard Soloman and Sarah Briggs attended a check presentation of $1,000 by Jeff Parrent, president of L.T.C. Professional Builders, Inc. to the We Remember celebration, scheduled for Sept. 13 at Community Park. The check was accepted by committee member Christy Teague.

Walmart donation seeds ‘We Remember’


Robert Sullivan, manager of the Bridge City Walmart presented a check for $1,000 to Richard Solomon, chairman of the  ‘We Remember’ committee.  Solomon said the donation will help with the presentation of the event planned on the anniversary of Hurricane Ike, Sept. 13.

Ike takes bite out of local gator population


Hurricane Ike, more than 10 months ago, has taken a bite out of alligator populations in the coastal marshes along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.

‘Ike Dike’ proposal in works

A 55-mile barrier as tall as 17 feet is being proposed along the Texas Coast.

A study in 1975 wasn’t very successful with the public, or elected officials.

According to the AP, the grand idea for what would probably be the biggest seawall

Ike 6-months after

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Bridge City DRT sets departure date

Friday, it will be six months since Hurricane Ike blew through and destroyed Bridge City, a good portion of the Cove and other areas of Orange County. 

Deadline nears for flooding ‘proof of loss’

Property owners with proof of loss claims on Hurricane Ike flood damage have until March 12 to file, however, there seems to be some confusion regarding the deadline.

Kevin Ward of Homespecs, a full-service contractor based in Groves and working in the Bridge City

Students ‘chair’ relief efforts

When several family members had their homes destroyed in Hurricane Ike, Pflugerville school teacher Betty Trusty, knew they needed assistance. “I sent out an e-mail to my faculty and where I used to teach,” said Trusty. “I was just bombarded