Galveston: On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Island and the City of Galveston. This storm was every bit as large as the great hurricane of 1900. While the town's sea wall did save most of the city form the storm, surge and resulting salt intrusion from Galveston bay killed upwards of 23,000 live oak trees. The city found themselves with an instant loss of precious tree canopy and a silent spring. Many of the stumps were carved into sculptures - memorials to their beloved trees. This in front of the house of the woman, who at the time was the mayor of Galveston.