ENVIRONMENT
10/16/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Entire Towns Disappear In Hurricane Ike's Wrath

As frustrations mount over delays in providing basic supplies to survivors of Hurricane Ike, the first glimpses of previously inaccessible areas revealed a string of ghost towns reduced to rubble.

Until Monday, authorities prevented residents and media from entering or flying over areas of the Bolivar Peninsula, a sliver of sand that sits across Galveston Bay from the city of Galveston.

Bolivar may have been the hardest hit by Ike's 110 mph winds and estimated 16-foot storm surge. Towns all along the peninsula were virtually flattened by the treacherous winds, rain and floods from Hurricane Ike.

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