Hearing in Galveston on Ike recovery

GALVESTON, TX [IKE ANNIVERSARY: Look back at the storm that changed SE Texas]

More than a year after Hurricane Ike, many in the greater Houston area are still struggling to recover. Meanwhile, elected leaders from throughout the Gulf coast are working to learn from the storm.

Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston when it rolled on shore a year ago this month. Although the island still has a long way to go, there is significant progress. The majority of businesses have re-opened along the Strand and University of Texas Medical Branch has begun to re-hire some of the staff it was forced to lay off after the storm.

Those and other lessons will be discussed during a joint senate hearing this afternoon. Both Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison will be in there. Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas will be among those testifying. The senators will go on a tour of the island later this morning, and the hearing will begin at 1pm. P> For Houstonians who are still looking for Ike recovery information, Neighborhood Centers Inc. will hold an informational fair over the next two days. Case managers will be on hand to help families identify their needs, and direct them to the correct services.

The recovery fair will be held at the Independence Heights Neighborhood Centers on 205 West Crosstimbers. The fair is from noon until 7pm today and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

So whether you are looking for more recovery information, or want to hear testimony from elected leaders, there is plenty to do for everyone.

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