"San Leon, a town of 4,200 where many make a living from fishing, shrimping and oystering, was nearly crippled by the storm. About 900 people lost their homes, with as many as 1,500 of the 1,800 houses there damaged by the storm. Ike also wiped out about half of the bay's oysters and shredded fishing boats.
This time, however, there were smiles, not grim faces. There were families breaking bread side-by-side, not scattered by evacuation. There was hope, not despair.
This time, the San Leon residents were coming together at a Thanksgiving dinner organized by volunteers.... from the Valero's Texas City refinery and the Lighthouse Charity Team, not in a teeming disaster relief site"
Over the next couple of weeks I will be trying to report on the local area around Bridge City so we have an idea of what to expect. San Leon is closer to Houston than Bridge City but in same general area.