Ike-damaged Galveston ironwork to be restored

April 19, 2011 9:53:14 AM PDT
Hurricane Ike is still causing damage more than two years after swamping parts of Texas. Federal funds will help pay for repairs to rusting ironwork on some downtown Galveston buildings.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday that the lingering damage is from the Sept. 13, 2008, storm surge that washed saltwater through the city.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation later added Galveston's cast-iron architecture to its list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places.

City Manager Steve LeBlanc says about $775,000 in Community Development Block Grants will pay for ironwork fixes in the historic Strand district. As much as $453,000 more could be redirected by the city council.

Property owners will pay a 25 percent match.


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