Ex-presidents tour Ike damage

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are getting a firsthand look at the damage Hurricane Ike left in Galveston.

They toured the area by helicopter Tuesday, flying over Galveston Island and the storm-wrecked Bolivar Peninsula. Then they were updated on the ongoing repair and recovery efforts.

Ike blasted ashore near Galveston on Sept. 13, flattening buildings and killing at least 37 people in Texas.

After landing in Scholes International Airport in Galveston, Bush and Clinton were escorted to a community center for a briefing from local and federal officials.

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