COPY-More than 100 people rescued on Galveston

Associated Press - September 13, 2008 4:15 PM ET

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Officials say more than 100 people have been rescued on Galveston Island since Hurricane Ike started to rip into Texas.

Galveston City Manager Steve LeBlanc says 17 buildings and homes burned to ground during the height of Ike's fury because the storm's dangerous conditions prevented firefighters from reaching the structures to put out the flames.

There is no water or electricity on the island, and the main hospital, the University of Texas Medical Branch, is flying critical care patients to other facilities because it could no longer care for them.

The good news is there are no reports of deaths, although search teams continue to fan out and look for victims in flood waters.

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