September 15, 2008
Ports of Houston and Galveston start recovery operations
As ships stack up at the entrance to the Houston Ship Channel, it looks like the Port of Galveston could take a lot longer than Houston to resume operations.
The Port of Houston Authority says maintenance and operations employees must report to work on Tuesday, September 16 to help with cleanup and recovery work needed to bring the terminals back online.
All other PHA staff should report to work Wednesday, September 17. The PHA says "business casual attire is acceptable."
(PHA) operations will not be open to receive trucks for drop-offs or deliveries on Tuesday, September 16 due to recovery efforts and loss of electricity.
Meantime, the Galveston County Daily News says operations at the Port of Galveston will be shut down for quite a while as federal underwater debris assessment teams investigate hazards in the ship channel.
It says that cruise operations likely will not resume for some time... and that cars left in port parking lots by cruise ship passengers are most likely a total loss, according to city spokesperson Alicia Cahill.
The Houston Chronicle quotes Cahill as saying that the walls of the cruise ship terminal were ripped out by the hurricane.
The Chronicle quotes Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas as saying that the city has secured a Carnival Cruise Lines ship "to house displaced residents," but officials don't know when it will arrive because Galveston's harbor has to be cleared of debris.
Other media reports say that cruise ship will not be used to house residents, but to house recovery and clean-up crews.
Galveston city officials have been pleading with residents who rode out the storm. And Mayor Thomas today also asked those who evacuated to stay away.