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Galveston Hurricane of 1900
Transcript of Galveston Hurricane of 1900
The dead were piled onto carts and weighted down and dumped into the ocean, however, the gulf current washed many bodies back onto shore.
Funeral pyres were set up wherever bodies were found and were burned for weeks. Economic Impact Industries were forced to move to Houston.
High cost of destruction - an estimated $30 million dollars of damage.
Galveston never recovered economically. Political Impact New form of city government created.
Deep Water Commission created to handle future natural disasters.
The Texas Legislation agreed to a tax and sale of bonds to pay for raising the elevation of the city. A 3 mile long seawall was built to protect the city from flooding.
Elevation of city was raised 16 ft. using sand from the harbor.
Homes and businesses were rebuilt on stilts. Authorities passed out free whiskey to help the men deal with collecting and burning bodies.
When volunteers could not be found for this grisly task, men were rounded up at gunpoint and forced to help. The deadliest natural disaster in American history.
Between 6,000 and 8,000 people died. PEGS