Galveston's Hurricane Ike Tent City Closed

Monday, Oct 27, 2008  |  Updated 7:48 AM CDT
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Galveston's Hurricane Ike Tent City Closed

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GALVESTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: As the island continues to recover from Hurricane Ike, the sun rises behind the 1900 Storm Memorial September 18, 2008 in Galveston, Texas. The sculpture was dedicated to remember the 6,000 killed when a hurricane hit the island in 1900. Most of the island remains without running water, electricity or gas since the hurricane hit in the early morning hours of September 13. Fifty deaths have been reported nationwide from the storm, five in Galveston. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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A tent city on Galveston that was home to as many as 800 displaced Hurricane Ike residents has closed.

  A new shelter complex, also using tents, was operating Monday near Scholes International Airport and run by Baptist Child and Family Services.
 
The organization, under contract from the state, is helping care for more than 350 people who relocated Sunday from the previous Red Cross facility.
 
The first tent city complex, at an old elementary school, opened shortly after Ike slammed Galveston on Sept. 13.
 
Red Cross disaster administrator Carlos Garcia-Velez says the closure marked the group's end of emergency operations and transition to recovery efforts.

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