Jamaica Beach residents allowed to enter

September 20, 2008 9:36:45 AM PDT
Residents of Jamaica Beach are being allowed to come into the Island for a 'look and leave' to assess the damage today until curfew is liftedROAD TO RECOVERY: Breaking news on Ike | POD locations | Person locator | Local gas station report | Hurricane guide | Viewer photos of Ike | Latest power numbers

Jamaica Beach has not received any formal approval from city of Galveston to pass through into Jamaica Beach. The only sure way is by boat.

Jamaica Beach Mayor Victor Pierson has called authorities to allow residents to enter through the checkpoint into Galveston Island and it appears at least a couple of residents have made it through by car.

"We have not received any formal approval from the city of Galveston to allow our residents to pass through their city on 3005 to get to our city," said Mayor Pierson. "The only for sure way to get in is by boat."

Pierson says there is no water and no electricity on Jamaica Beach. He described it as a very dangerous situation. Pierson said south of 3005 is 'total devastation'.

"We have worked very well with Galveston through numbers of years," said Mayor Pierson. "All I can tell you is that we are seeing residents coming in this morning and we'll continue to work with Galveston for what is best for the Island."

Residents are asked to bring different types of documentation to show proof of property ownership.

Galveston County officials are still working on a plan to begin to allow residents into the Island but those plans have not been announced.

Traffic is already backing up for a couple of miles on the Gulf Freeway.

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