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HURRICANE IKE SIX MONTHS LATER

Hurricane Ike hit the upper Texas Gulf Coast at 2:10 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2008. Nearly six months into the response and recovery effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to work vigorously in support of the state of Texas and individual Texans.

Along the way, FEMA and its partners have reached many important milestones. Debris clean-up in eligible areas is 95 percent complete, the direct housing mission is 97 percent complete and inspections of damaged homes are 99.9 percent complete. More importantly, more than $1.74 billion in federal and state financial assistance has poured into the states disaster-designated counties.

Following is a quick look at the numbers (as of March 9) associated with Hurricane Ike in the nearly six months since the storm made landfall.

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Hurricane Ike was the No. 1 natural disaster in Texas in 2008.

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Ike made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. Its maximum winds of 110 mph barely missed making Ike a Category 3 storm. Wind gusts hit 125 mph.

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FEMA specialists in the field have offered assistance in more than a dozen languages and dialects, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and American Sign Language.

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According to National Weather Service estimates, the highest storm surge caused by Hurricane Ike reached 17 feet and possibly 20 feet in some areas.

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FEMA has responded to 37 disasters nationwide in just the six months since Hurricane Ike struck.

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A total of 50 Texas counties and one tribal nation (Alabama-Coushatta) are eligible for Public Assistance as a result of the presidential disaster declaration. Thirty-four counties and the tribal nation are eligible fo