Dennis Byrd, owner of The Spot Restaurant & Tiki Bar, filled the restaurant’s cooler with extra ice and hooked up the freezer to a backup generator before fleeing Galveston Island, Texas, five months ago.Hurricane Ike was 300 miles off shore when he left, and parts of the island were already under two feet of water. Ike hit the island hard the next day, knocking out power, flooding many streets and leaving the island’s 57,000 residents homeless for the most part.“I was able to get back to ...

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