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Galveston-area residents grateful impacts from Nicholas weren't worse

Residents in Jamaica Beach – an area hit hard by Hurricane Ike in 2008 – told KHOU 11 this storm was nothing compared to what they’ve experienced in the past.

GALVESTON, Texas — As Houston-area residents braced for the impacts of Nicholas, one of the big fears was flash flooding, and one of those areas that saw a lot of water in the past is Galveston.

Residents in Jamaica Beach – an area hit hard by Hurricane Ike in 2008 – fared quite well. There was flooding and clean-up, but residents are relieved. Several residents told KHOU 11 this storm was nothing compared to what they’ve experienced in the past.

“No, this is like a small thunderstorm compared to Ike,” said resident Steve Spicer. “Ike, the water was almost to the house. This time it was about four inches deep under my house.”

“We went through these things before, and it definitely could have been a lot worst, so I’m blessed for what we have,” said Sharla Kreger, another resident.

The Jamaica Beach area was one of the first on the island to lose power. CenterPoint crews were working to restore power around Galveston on Tuesday.

Jamaica Beach residents told KHOU 11 they’re grateful, because the storm could have been worse.