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Four days after Hurricane Ike strafed the Texas Gulf Coast and Houston region, evacuees and survivors stood in hours-long lines Wednesday in several cities to get the bare necessities.

Tired, displaced residents waited patiently in Houston, inching forward at 26 distribution locations that Mayor Bill White and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett designated.

The centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or "until supplies run out," according to a statement from the Harris County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

White also said Wednesday that further testing of his city's water supply came back negative, so he lifted the "boil water" order that had been issued over the weekend. "The water supply for the city of Houston is safe," White said.

"I've been drinking water," the mayor added. Read full article »

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