Hope

As folks return to the Bolivar Peninsula, hope is a valuable commodity.

Hope

Houston TV station KHOU's website reports that people returning home to the Bolivar Peninsula should prepare for the worst. Yet, as we experienced with so many storm survivors we met these last two weeks, the lofty ideal of 'hope' is sometimes the only thing that keeps one grounded. For Gilchrist resident Jack Nyman, hope seems to be keeping him afloat:

"Despite the devastation, Nyman still had hope.

'You know what I see? I see it rebuilt. I see it as it was and I see it rebuilt,' Nyman said.

He found that hope in the one piece of his home he was able to salvage: a brass anchor once nailed to his front porch.

'I'll be building my house around my anchor. That's it. So it's not all gone,' he said. 'You bet. I'll build it around this anchor.'"

Over the weekend, we'll begin wrapping up our reports on this blog. We'll post more video from the weekend's trip and some updates about Austin relief efforts. Although we will be slotting In Case of Emergency into the Chronicle's background, the blog will be accessible though the Chronic Blog Roll, and we hope to not have to pull it out into the foreground for any significant event anytime soon.

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