More Ike Relief for Galveston County

It's been more than four months since Hurricane Ike hit the region. Residents in Galveston County, who are still in recovery mode, are getting some extra help this week. County officials are holding a series of meetings to help people learn about grants and other disaster relief. Laurie Johnson has more.

The meetings are specifically for people who live in unincorporated parts of Galveston County.

John Simsen is emergency management coordinator. He says a lot of people don't realize there are government programs that offer grants to buyout damaged homes or provide money to elevate low-lying houses.

"It's hard for any citizen to really keep up with what's going on. These grant programs in particular are extremely complicated. And in fact we're bringing in a consultant to actually help us put together the application package for these homes because there's a lot of detail that needs to get in there that we don't have the expertise in that area. So certainly can understand the public's frustrations with it."

Simsen says the mainland parts of Galveston County are doing very well and in many cases are back to pre-Ike conditions.

"The communities on the western shore of the bay, San Leon, Bacliff, Kemah, Clear Lake Shores, those areas are continuing to find some issues that they have to deal with. And of course, Bolivar Peninsula has got a long way to go. We're still doing an awful lot of debris clean-up over there and it's going to be a long hard road. But all in all I think people are feeling better about their situation."

So the county is focusing these meetings on those smaller communities. The first in the series of meetings is tonight in Bacliff. Three more will be held this week in Freddiesville, Port Bolivar and Beaumont.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

For more information, including specific locations and times, view the Galveston County web site.

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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...