Friday, May 29, 2009
GALVESTON — Black ribbons and sentimental poems festooned the skeletal remains of some of Galveston’s stateliest trees today as forestry officials toured areas flooded by Hurricane Ike.
“Thanks for keeping us cooler and cleaner and standing without complaint for years and years,” read one note attached to a leafless live oak near the University of Texas Medical Branch. “Goodbye.”
Galveston lost as much as 80 percent of its tree canopy as a result of the Sept. 13 immersion in salty bay water, experts said today.