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Hurricane Ike: 5 years later
BOLIVAR PENINSULA - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Five years have passed since Hurricane Ike swept across the shores of the Bolivar Peninsula killing more than a dozen people and destroying homes and businesses.
By the time it moved out, Ike had caused $30 billion worth of damage in Texas, making it the third costliest hurricane ever and the worst in dollars, Texas had ever seen.
We stayed out on the deck most of the day and watched all the houses around us and all the bottoms of the buildings, garages, whatever. Watched them all just disintegrate and everything floating through the water as the water rose, said Kathi Taylor.
She and her then-husband tried to leave, but by the time they prepared to move out, it was too late.
We bailed out of our house about 11:30, quarter to 12. Then I think we were probably in the water til about 4:30ish, she said.
Every year around this time, she says shes reminded of what she went through.
I clean my house. I keep myself busy, because the stress will tear me apart, she said.
Five years late, Bolivar Peninsula has made a number of improvements.
Swedes Real Estate owner Anne Willis recognizes how far Bolivar Peninsula has come and admits it probably wont ever be the same as it once was.
I miss a lot of those little fishing camps we had, you know. I mean that was kind of the ambiance of the area. But these house I think are bigger, better, higher and stronger, and I think theyll be able to withstand a storm like Ike, Willis said.
She also said theres a different group of people that visit, but without their help, the peninsula would not have grown as fast as it did.