Update: Port of Galveston Closed Indefinitely

September 14, 2008

(8:22 p.m.) -- There's still no word on when the Port of Galveston will reopen. The island currently has no water, power or phone service, and it could be weeks before these utilities are up and running. Rescue efforts continue, especially in the west end of island, which was the hardest hit. Although Carnival is hoping to return its ships to Galveston soon, it remains unclear when that will be possible.

(2:17 p.m.) -- Carnival reports that the Port of Galveston is unlikely to be open on Monday, and the cruise line does not know whether it will be able to utilize the port at all next week. It is cancelling the September 14 departure of Carnival Conquest (which had been postponed to a six-night cruise departing September 15) and the September 15 departure of Carnival Ecstasy. Scheduled passengers will receive a full refund within the next three weeks.

Information is still coming in about Hurricane Ike's impact on the rest of Galveston and Houston, but the cities continue to deal with the aftermath of the Texas-sized Category Two storm that came ashore early Saturday morning.

Much of Galveston and Houston are without power or running water. Many streets and interstates are blocked due to flooding and debris on the roads. Rescue efforts continue for the thousands of people who chose not to evacuate prior to the storm.

Houston Hobby and Bush Intercontinental Airports are both closed to commercial air traffic through Sunday. Houston Hobby will resume service on Monday; however, Southwest has canceled all its flights for that day. Galveston's small airport remains closed indefinitely.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor