September 18th, 2008
01:20 PM ET

The last house standing..."It's my sister's"

Katie Hawkins
iReport Producer

Yesterday, we received an amazing submission from iReport.com user 'austinheli.' His photos showed a lone house standing in a wasteland left in Ike's aftermath.

We contacted austinheli, who is Ray Asgar, a private helicopter pilot based in Austin, Texas. He visited Gilchrist and Galveston Monday to photograph the damage left after Hurricane Ike slammed the coastal area last weekend.

The lone yellow house caught Asgar's attention. He said it was the only structure standing for miles. Considering the extent of Ike's devastation, he said, it was "odd to have nearly any damage to one home."

Several users left comments on Asgar's iReport, joining a debate about whether or not his photos were real. One user who jumped in was Kelley1. "This is my sister's house. It is real," she wrote.

Shortly afterward, Kelley1 uploaded a photo of the yellow house that was taken in May. Kelley1 is Judy Hudspeth and the house belongs to her sister, Pam Adams.

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  1. David Karlson

    There is NOTHING to replace sound engineering. Bravo to that couple with the lone standing house. the local codes had BETTER be written to the specs on that home. I do guess the neighborhood will be bleak for a while .

    September 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Tammy K

    I would like to echo the concerns of some that there has been almost no media coverage of Ike's aftermath and how the survivors are doing. If you were to watch the US national media you would never know that Ike had happened. I find out more information by watching the Canadian news or BBC world news. The US media is more interested in Sarah Palin's glasses and poll results than in the slowly unfolding disaster in the Gulf country. It's Katrina in slow motion over a much larger area, but nobody seems to care or to be interested. Very sad. As a Canadian I like to think that we would not permit the media to get away with that up here. Maybe I'm an optimist.

    September 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Its a beautiful house – even now with the damage. I hope it can be fixed back up and be livable again. It will always be "the house that survived Ike". Its amazing that it did – but it is one bright spot in an otherwise dismal picture of that area.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 18, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  4. Carolyn Robertson

    My Prayers goes out to the Texas coast.I have family that live in Galveston and Houston .It is so sad.We never thank it will happen
    to us.There is a God and he will take care of the Person that was
    affected by the storm.

    September 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm |
  5. DeAnn Johnson Nacogdoches,TX

    Our family lost our beach house there in Gilchrist,TX. It was located in Canal City on Pennington Street. We were so devastated when we saw the satellite photo from NOAA.GOV, all that was left was the concrete foundation. Although we lost our house in the storm, we will never lose the wonderful memories it held. Our prayers go out to all those who lost something or someone from Hurricane Ike.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  6. Lois M

    I feel so sorry for all the people that lost there homes, we had alot of damage 3 years ago, when wilma hit us in North Lauderdale FL.But we all need to remember , that when our gov, says to do things, we need to do it, and stop blameing our Gov for every thing, its easy to put blame on other people, it all starts at home, we must always remember that.
    We the people make the Gov,
    When Wilma hit in our area, i worked for Whole Foods Market, and our owner wasen't worried about what he lost, every day us employes were told to take enought food for our family for supper and breakfast the next day, no price tag was put on the food we got, we thanked god for the wonderful company we worked for.
    They also gave free food to customers, that came by, thinking we were open, thats a great company an knows comon sence, an real true values in this great country we live in, so lets stop thinking, some one ows you some thing, an go to your neighbors, an ask do they need help, an if they do, don't put a prise tag on the help you gave, but say please pass it on, thats what america is all about.
    Thank you for your time , god bless america, that means all of us, no matter what color we are, who knows, you may have black blood in you or some other type D&A from other parts of the world
    Lois M

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  7. Betty Ann, Nacgdoches,Tx

    Hi Katie,
    I live up the road a piece (2 hours) from Houston. Still people are without electricity. One of the evacuees who was staying in my home left his house on Crystal Beach. It is now gone.
    So much destruction and so many hurting.
    The pic is incredible! Will they rebuild?
    My prayers go out to all those who are hurting from Ike's torture~

    September 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm |