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Ike: A Year Later

Hurricane Ike remains a strange moment in our nations recent history. In a world where Hurricane Katrina hadn't happened, it would have been huge...


Hurricane Ike remains a strange moment in our nations recent history. In a world where Hurricane Katrina hadn't happened, it would have been huge news. Perhaps we were suffering from hurricane fatigue, or perhaps Ike lacked the human interest stories of Katrina because many fewer people were trapped on their roofs for days. But Ike did totally devastate Galveston, and large parts of Houston, and if you asked 100 people, my guess is that few would remember where Ike even hit, let alone that it wrecked a major metropolis. Another reason for this forgetfulness might be that, unlike New Orleans, which continues to struggle with reconstruction, the area struck by Ike seems to have started to recover quite well just a year later, at least judging by this series of before and after shots on The Big Picture.
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