Water already rising in Galveston

September 12, 2008 3:11:13 PM PDT
The water is already starting to rise in Galveston. Friday morning, water from the Gulf was visible covering some coastal roads. TRACK IT: Location/forecast track | Satellite | Computer models | Forecast wind by zip code | Watches/warnings | Hurr. wind probabilities | TS wind probabilities | Tracking map | Get Ike text alerts | Gulf water temps | Tim Heller's blog | During the storm | Your report | Photos

Eyewitness News spoke with Peter Davis with the Galveston Beach Patrol, who told us the high water came in earlier than expected.

"It's already over the highway along the west end," he said. "(It) came in earlier than expected and is much higher."

Davis said driving around the area, he saw at least 100 people on the Island, checkout out conditions there.

"We urge anyone who doesn't have to be here do this (evacuate) because it looks a lot bigger and a lot scarrier than before," he said.

SkyEye 13 also found a pier collapsed from the force of the waves off the seawall at 61st Street in Galveston from the strong waves. And this is hours before the storm surge comes in.

A lot of the side streets in the Strand area were under water. The cruise ship terminal is under water as well. Galveston State Park on the west end of the island was fairly flooded as well. Numerous beach homes in Pirates Cove have already lost piers.

If you haven't left Galveston Island by now, officials say it's too late before Hurricane Ike arrives. Authorities say winds are are too strong for anyone trying to drive over the causeway to the mainland.

As of 9pm tonight, officials will not respond to anyone for anything. They will be hunkering down themselves.

The city has also opened a shelter of last resort at Ball High School, where about 150 people were staying.

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