Rescuers Search For Ike Victims by Air, Land, and Water

ORANGE, Texas (AP) - Even as they pluck people from rooftops and wrecked neighborhoods, emergency responders in Texas are grumbling over how many residents brushed off dire warnings and tried to ride out Hurricane Ike.

While more than 2 million people did leave ahead of Ike, tens of thousands more ignored evacuation orders. Rescue crews were swamped with hundreds of emergency calls Saturday from the flooded lowlands of East Texas and western Louisiana. There were nearly a thousand rescues in Texas Saturday. And Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says nearly 600 people have been plucked from Ike's floodwaters in his state.

Ike claimed dozens of lives during its earlier march through the Caribbean There are two confirmed fatalities in the U.S., but flooded roads are making it hard to do searches in some areas and it's feared the number will rise.

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  • by Rachel on Sep 14, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    The people that didn't heed the MANDATORY evacuations should be ticketed. It it just stupid to not listen and be better safe than sorry, especially when some of the folks had young children.


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