Ike work nearly done at Galveston airport terminal

February 22, 2011 8:52:48 AM PST
Reconstruction is nearly done on the terminal at Scholes International Airport in Galveston more than two years after a 9-foot Hurricane Ike storm surge.[Look back at the storm that changed SE Texas]

The Galveston County Daily News reported Tuesday that planners decided to restore the terminal to its 1950s original look. Design started in March 2010. The terminal was approved for a certificate of occupancy last week.

Ike swamped parts of Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008. Experts say the high water ruined the airport terminal's heating, cooling, communication and electrical systems.

Airport director Hud Hopkins says debris was "about waist-high in the building."

Hopkins says the updated terminal will have impact, hurricane-resistant windows.

The airport is open.