Galveston needed more bad Ike news like it needed more Ike.
But more bad news is being reported: The leafy trees that provided a distinctive canopy over many of the island's most charming streets ain't coming back.
The Galveston County Daily News reports that the salt water that inundated three-quarters of the island during Ike may just have killed off many of the trademark trees Galveston is known for.
Seven months after Ike the trees are still bare, and that's not good, the paper reports:
The lack of new leaves is a bad sign, said Texas Forest Service experts, who had hoped the trees would have shown some signs of life by now. Next week, a team from the state agency will assess the trees on public property -- many of which were planted after the 1900 Storm -- and decide which ones should be replaced.
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"The trees just aren't coming back as well as we thought they would," said Mickey Merritt, the bayou region urban forest coordinator for the state agency, the paper reported.
Geez. You drive into Galveston, you expect to see oleanders and trees, if you know where to go.
Maybe 100 years from now, you can again.