Storm Aftermath: Galveston Ravished

GALVESTON, Texas - Hurricane Ike has ravished the Texas coast, flooding thousands of homes and businesses, and knocking power out to millions of people.

Authorities have mobilized a huge search and rescue operation in an effort to reach the more than 100-thousand people who ignored warnings of the possible deadly consequences of staying.

"The unfortunate truth is we're going to have to go in ... and put our people in the tough situation to save people who did not choose wisely. We'll probably do the largest search-and-rescue operation that's ever been conducted in the state of Texas," said Andrew Barlow, spokesman for Governor Rick Perry.

At times Hurricane Ike measured  nearly as big as Texas itself, covering a 500-mile stretch of coastline in Louisiana and Texas and displacing more than one million people.

Energy crews will be busy for weeks as more than 3 million customers lost power in southeast Texas, and some 140-thousand more in Louisiana. That's in addition to the 60-thousand still without power from Labor Day's Hurricane Gustav.

Recovery efforts began as soon as the rain and wind eased enough to allow safe travel on city streets.