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GALVESTON, Texas A third of Galveston s 2,398 fire hydrants damaged 43 months ago by Hurricane Ike s saltwater flood remain either broken or in need of repairs, officials said.

With the city no longer in disaster recovery mode nor hampered by last year s record drought, its staff seeks to rectify the problem during the next five years with $2.5 million from the city s Capital Improvement Program.

The Daily News obtained the most recent list compiled by the city of the locations of the 117 out-of-service hydrants and 683 that work but need maintenance.

Ike submerged many of the hydrants when the storm made landfall Sept. 13, 2008, causing widespread flooding and damaging much of the Upper Texas Coast.

The list of rusted, damaged, leaning or outright missing hydrants is islandwide, but the West End has the largest concentration.

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