14 September 2008 19:45 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Toppled trees, mangled metal and dead birds littered the streets of downtown Houston on Sunday as the hub of North America’s petrochemical industry struggled to recover from Hurricane Ike, the worst storm to ravage the area in years.
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Although electric power was available in much of the city’s centre, there was little movement in the fourth-largest
Hurricane Ike pummelled downtown
Bayous, the usually timid waterways that meander through
The locally famed Buffalo Bayou Walk, a jogging trail that winds through downtown along the shores of its namesake bayou, was modelled after
Police cars with lights flashing stood sentry in the middle of many roads, warning residents and passers-by away from high water, even though few civilian drivers dared to venture out into the city.
Despite the weather, about 100 residents of the city’s downtown district crowded into a popular sports bar on
The dozen or so television screens in the pub showcased college football games, bull riding - and emergency broadcasts from state and local officials.
The tallest skyscraper in the city, the
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