President Bush Surveys Ike's Damage

By Jay Gray

NBC News

Response teams continue to pour into Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

On Tuesday, President Bush joined those early responders to get a first hand look at the devastation from the storm.

One of the places the president visited was Galveston Island.

It's one of the hardest hit areas.

Lines for water and food, tey are in essence life lines.
 
Lines that in some areas stretch for more than 4-miles.
 
FEMA relief stations, providing ice, water, and military rations.

The essentials for survival after Ike.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time I haven't broke down yet," said Ike survivor Angel Gray.
 
President Bush got a first hand look at the devastation Tuesday.

"I know with proper help from the federal government and the state government there will be a better tomorrow," the President said.

The President promised continued federal help for his home state, through what will be a long and difficult recovery.
 
Suzanne Corbin owns a business in Galveston.

She said she can't wait for that help.

"I didn't realize how fast the mold comes through. By the time we left here yesterday things were starting to be covered with it, so I didn't realize how fast it grew," said Corbin.

Agents with the Centers for Disease Control are now testing the muck that has built up after the storm. They're concerned it could turn into a toxic soup of sewage, gasoline, and rubble.

"We have a blossoming health and medical concern," said Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas.

Just one in a growing list of concerns that Ike left behind.