The recovery from Hurricane Ike for many took some time; even today some residents still are putting the pieces together. Here are the tales of a few who lost so much but were determined to persevere with life after Ike.
In the five years since Hurricane Ike devastated the Bolivar Peninsula, the communities of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, Caplen, Gilchrist and High Island have enjoyed a comeback.
Hurricane Ike did millions of dollars of damage to Galveston County, but the response to the recovery from the storm generated about $400 million in infrastructure projects across the county.
Where once the University of Texas Medical Branch was under a flood of seawater, the campus is now awash in work crews with about 200 construction projects.