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Hurricane Ike - Day one with the CAT Team - Bayland Park Marina, Baytown, TX

By Terri Parrow Botsford - Published September 23, 2008 - Viewed 3485 times

Scott Croft, (Assistant Vice President for BoatUS Public Relations and an editor for BoatUS Magazine) and I flew to Houston and met up with Chris Laundry (Senior Reporter from Soundings Magazine).  This is the first time the CAT Team is allowing anyone other than CAT Team staff to attend their staff meetings and go out into the field with them. 

Rick Wilson (BoatUS Assistant Vice President and Director of the Hurricane CAT team) took us to Bayland Marina for our first view of Ike’s destruction.   The photographs tell the story much better than my words can, but I do need to explain a few things.

Bayland Marina is a very nice municipal marina with sturdy, cement floating docks.  Unfortunately though, the pilings that these cement docks were attached to, weren’t tall enough for the estimated 12 foot serge that Ike hit them with.  But the amazing thing was that whole sections of the dock moved about ¼ of a mile and landed at the entrance of the marina, with most of the boats still attached to the dock! 

 

 

 

 

 

In the background of this and the next five photographs you can see the pilings where the docks and boats were before Hurricane Ike's storm surge hit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see more photos from the CAT Team go to www.BoatUS.com/Hurricanes/Ike/index.asp



Terri Parrow Botsford
VP BoatUS
Internet Operations

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