Withstanding Mother Nature's Forces
According to the weather service and the US Geological Survey, Hurricane Ike's main peak surge happened within 2 to 4 miles of where Wildlife Biologist, Patrick Walther's office was located in the Texas Chenier Plains Refuge Complex in Sabine, Texas. Estimates indicate that the surge height was 18 to 19+ feet.
Stated Walther, "The impacts were both impressive to see mother nature's power or depressive to see the place you work leveled. But standing firm by the entrance road was the CXT concrete building. The force of the water and waves moved the building approximately 6 to 9 feet, but other than the plumbing being broken, the restrooms were fine. Not a vent or window damaged."