Kemah Boardwalk silent for month or more

September 17, 2008 4:30:49 PM PDT
We've seen the damage and destruction in Kemah. Landry's owner Tillman Fertitta says he will rebuild the boardwalk, but for now, it sits silent. HURRICANE IKE: Watch live | Breaking news on Ike | Roadway incidents | Interactive tracking | Viewer photos of Ike | Doppler radar | During the storm | After the storm | Hurricane guide

Hurricane Ike pushed a 17-foot wall of water onto the boardwalk and all but destroyed the boardwalk's big draw -- the amusement park. Some of the carousel's horses were tossed as much as a half mile away. The ferris wheel's cars are dangling upside down.

Tim Anderson, the boardwalk's general manager, grew up in the Kemah area. He says the most eerie thing of all is the silence.

"To have no kids here laughing, no rides running, no restaurants in operation? You know, the restaurants have a whole different sound, a fun atmosphere in and of themselves," Anderson said. "It's pretty strange."

According to Landry's, some of the restaurants at the Kemah Boardwalk may re-open within the next 45 to 60 days, with additional restaurants and some amusement rides opening monthly thereafter.

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