In Clear Lake, Texas, where NASA is located, locals are bracing for Hurricane Ike. Galveston Bay dumps into Clear Lake, so the fear is that all of that water that ends up in the bay will flood into Clear Lake and the residential areas surrounding it.
"The rising water is interesting because it happens so slowly," said NBC News Correspondent Don Teague as of about 10 a.m. Central Time. "In the case of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay – there are no crashing waves, in fact there are hardly even any white caps right now. It's just that the water keeps creeping higher and higher and higher. It's like a bath tub filling up."
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That said, Teague noted that the roads getting out of town are actually very clear and not a problem. Since most businesses are closed and evacuations have been ongoing since Wednesday, most people who wanted to leave town have already done so. Nevertheless, those still there are preparing for the worst.