Maybe now we’re going start seeing something on this in the media?
Nearly 400 people are presumed missing 12 days after Hurricane Ike slammed on shore. Calls flooded a Galveston County missing persons hotline at the Laura Recovery Center. People are terrified a relative was lost in the storm.
Also, we have the point that Rorschach made in comments:
This is third hand but I am told of a coast guard member that is saying that they are pulling bodies out of the bay on a daily basis and is suprised that it is not being reported in the media. I am also being told that many people on the Bolivar peninsula were overtaken by events. That Thursday evening many people got home form work and started packing up to leave Friday morning, but TXDOT stopped the ferry early Friday morning and that within an hour or so of the ferry stopping, the road through High Island flooded from the storm surge in seargent leaving them no way off the peninsula. I too am questioning the official body count.
The last part of Ror’s comment dovetails with accounts we’ve seen all along — hundreds of people were trapped on the Bolivar Peninsula, and the Coast Guard ran out of time to rescue them prior to the storm. Rumors continue to swirl about that there is a cover-up, and while I don’t have any sympathy for the tinfoil hat brigade, I would be remiss if I failed to note ABC13’s reports of rumors on the issue:
Viewer emails have come in claiming there are countless 18-wheeler trailers full of refrigerators with crews unloading boxes and boxes of bodies. Another viewer reported the recovery of at least 60 bodies, while another says 89 corpses are at UTMB.
And in Crosby, despite the four FEMA trucks outside the crematorium, owner Stanley Blackwell says his cemetery is in fact the regional storage site for area funeral homes in the event of a disaster.
When the power went out, FEMA sent the refrigerated trucks and powerless funeral homes sent over their deceased. He stresses the 100 bodies he currently has are not stacked inside. “We do not stack bodies,” he told us.
So where are all the bodies? Answers based on the official speculation so far…
1. In the marshes/small islands behind Bolivar. Significant debris fields exist there, and are difficult to reach, thus they haven’t been searched.
2. Out in the Gulf, washed there by the back flow off the islands, when the surge receeded.
3. Still in unsearched debris or buried in the sand. Sure they searched with cadaver dogs. They did in New Orleans too, and were still finding bodies in attics a year after Katrina.
4. They were all Scientologists and nobody noticed the giant comet stopping off to pick them up in the middle of the hurricane. (Ok, that one’s not official; I made it up.)
So the death toll is still pending, but at least it’s going to be a lot lower than it looked 5-6 hours before Ike landed.
A related rant.
And before I forget, lookie-look! The Chron’s back up to it’s old “Support the Illegal Aliens” schitck. “Cleanup spurs labor need: Undocumented workers will be linchpin in efforts.” Just goes to show that there’s no disaster so bad that the Chronicle can’t find a way to use it to push its agenda.
Homeowners have already turned to day laborers — many of whom are undocumented — to help clear brush, tent roofs and repair other storm damage. Contractors have hired them to rebuild or restore businesses and the city’s infrastructure.
And the major work of rebuilding small towns along the Gulf Coast or big homes in Galveston will likely be aided by undocumented workers.
And if they were here legally, they could pay taxes on their earnings, helping to fund the cleanup too, instead of sending all their money home to relatives in Mexico, so they can pay the coyotes to join the others here.