Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Hurricane Ike will live in the memory of Southeast Texans, especially residents of Orange County, for years to come. For some it will potentially be the most devastating storm-experience of their lives.
Emergency personnel used aluminum boats on city streets trying to reach people who were unable to evacuate and businesses and homes were submerged under feet of water.
Approximately 99 percent of the homes and businesses in Bridge City were destroyed by Hurricane Ike’s storm surge, while West Orange, the Cove-area, the east side and downtown areas of Orange and much of Rose City suffered catastrophic damage as well.
Here are just some of the images which remain fresh in the minds five years later.