BRIDGE CITY —
This small community, located on the north and south sides of Interstate 10 and along Old Highway 90, was devastated by Hurricane Ike’s storm surge up the Neches River and adjacent bayous.
The majority of houses in Rose City sustained some form of water damage and the City Hall building itself had more than four feet of water inside. However, five years later, a lot has changed in Rose City and for the better.
“The city is in as good or better shape now than it was before Hurricane Ike happened,” said Mayor David Bush. We are still in the middle of some big Ike-related projects. We are doing a street project and a water project right now, and we have another street project to do in the future, so Rose City is in good shape.”
Along with current Hurricane Ike projects and the newly built City Hall, which opened in 2012, Rose City is experiencing a resurgence.
“We are having new people move into Rose City each month for the past several months,” Bush added. “The population is not back to what it was before Hurricane Ike, but, within the next year, I expect it will surpass the pre-Hurricane Ike mark.”
Along with more people, Bush said businesses have taken an interest in Rose City as well. One of the biggest catches for this community was the opening of the new Greyhound Bus terminal at the Gateway Travel Plaza off Interstate 10 East, which has helped send sales tax revenue soaring in Rose City.
“We have had several new businesses move into Rose City,” Bush continued. “Our sales tax is up a lot compared to the past two years, and that’s a good indicator that our businesses are doing well. Things have turned around for Rose City big time in this last year, and everything is looking good.”