Pictured above: Volunteers pick up debris from the wreckage of the hurricane. Photo is in the public domain.
The city recovers from the storm and attempts to dispose of the bodies of the dead. There is no time or space for burying them all, so they attempt to dump hundreds of bodies into the Gulf of Mexico. Many of the bodies land back on the shore, making the problem worse. City leaders are left with no choice but to burn the bodies in large piles. Rumors, often racist in nature, begin to spread through the town. The smell of death permeates every part of Galveston. Help begins to arrive from various sources. Some of the gifts are not very useful, but some are vital for survival.
After eight days away from work, Isaac returns to his job at the Weather Bureau. Although he possesses a work-hard spirit, he is still strongly affected by what has happened. Joseph tries to take over some duties from his brother. Self-doubt begins to hit both brothers, especially Isaac. Isaac writes his report of the storm, but is careful to avoid criticism of the Weather Bureau. In his report, he claims that he warned people at the last second and therefore saved countless lives.
- The city dumps dead bodies into the sea.
- The bodies return with the tide, littering the beaches.
- The city burns the bodies in large pyres.
- Help arrives from across the world.
- Isaac returns to his job.
- Isaac writes his report, which includes his personal experiences.
- For the “before you begin reading” questions, you predicted why this book was called Isaac’s Storm. Now you know: Why is this book called Isaac’s Storm? (Hint: It’s not really about the hurricane.)
- This book has included many personal details of Isaac’s thoughts and experiences. In this chapter, the author makes many assumptions, using words like “probably”, when it comes to Isaac’s thoughts. Why has this changed suddenly?
- Why does Isaac offer no criticism of the Weather Bureau in his report?