Authorities in Galveston, Texas, are laying out a plan for the allowing about 45,000 evacuees back onto the island for good.
It was a week ago that Hurricane Ike hit Galveston with 110 mile-per-hour winds and a devastating storm surge, and crews are still trying to restore basic services.
Residents are expected to be allowed back to examine their property next week. With the main road impassible in many spots, they'll be loaded into dump trucks and other heavy vehicles to do that.
The city manager says residents will be allowed back in phases, starting with the least damaged areas.
Officials at the only hospital on the island say they are treating about 90 people a day for minor injuries and are days or weeks away from being able to admit people. They say about 14 people a day are being sent by ambulance or helicopter to hospitals on the mainland.
Health officials also caution about the possibility of disease and say it'll be some time before Galveston is "a healthy enough place to sustain a population."
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