I'm not sure how much of this stuff you guys are getting across the county. Just north of Galveston Island is the Bolivar peninsula which has been virtually wiped off the face of the earth. www.khou.com has some good videos up currently.
On a personal note, the area on the west end of Galveston Island is where we have a house. It's on a thin strip of land but we're on the bay side, not the beach side.
Google maps 22115 Frio, Sea Isle, TX and you'll get a feel for how far down we are. I've seen some limited fly-overs. Very limited. Mostly just some of the beach side. But a contact friend of mine within Galveston County Emergency Mgmt tells me the firehouse there got water up to its third step. If that's the case, I'm counting on the house being intact.
All these houses are built on stilts. If you look at the videos of Bolivar, you'll just see a bunch of sticks sticking up. Those stick s are the pilings the houses were built upon. We are not allowed to build permanent walls on the lower level. They are supposed to be break-away. Basically if the storm surge hits, those lower walls (from 0' to 10') are supposed to fall apart easily. Most folks just turn that area into a garage or an extra space for sleeping with a window unit or two.
Based on what I've seen and what the email told me, I'm guessing we lost our lower walls, but hopefully the house is still standing. I just got through spending nearly 20 grand on a new boat dock/lift and surrounding decks and stairways on the house. I had been worried that the house would be gone, but the new project would still be standing. Hopefully it'll all still be there.
There is this weird media blackout for this western area. It's like the TV guys are not allowed to spend any time flying over. Whenever the two flyovers have gotten to a certain spot, the video has cut out both times. Conspiracy time I guess. I'm wondering if there are bodies floating or something.