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Last Updated: Friday September 19 2008 04:36 GMT

In pics: US struggles to recover from Ike

Damage caused by Hurricane Ike in the West End section of Galveston, Texas

People in America are trying to get their lives back to normal after Hurricane Ike swept through Texas last weekend.

Bolivar Peninsula, Texas Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images

The storm left behind a trail of destruction. The top picture shows what the Bolivar Peninsula looked like BEFORE, and the bottom one shows what it looked like afterwards.

Traffic lines Interstate 45 leaving Houston as Hurricane Ike approaches (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Loads of people left their homes before the hurricane landed.

A sign saying Galveston Island closed (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

So there were HUGE traffic jams when people tried to return. The queues to Galveston were so big on Wednesday, people were turned back at the bridge to the island.

Volunteers handing out food boxes  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

In Houston, volunteers have been handing out boxes of food to people.

Man cuts up food by flashlight (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Lots of people are still without power, and it might be next week until the electricity is switched back on.