GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Galveston officials worry that 1½ years after Hurricane Ike battered their island community, the storm could land another blow.
Galveston officials say they are concerned about possibly losing millions in state and federal funding if this year's U.S. Census count shows the city's population has dropped below 50,000. That's a benchmark used to determine how much funding a community gets.
Galveston had asked Census officials to include in the city's population count residents who have temporarily moved off the island since Ike. But Census officials say they can't make an exception for natural disasters.
On Thursday, Census officials are stopping in Galveston as part of a tour encouraging Americans to take part in the Census.