The regulars at The Poop Deck, “a biker bar just stumbling distance from the waterfront” in Galveston were determined to stay on the barstools and not do anything rash like leave town.
Back at the Poop Deck, as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” played in the background, the crowd talked about the possibility that sections of the sea wall might collapse. Some said they were too drunk to leave the island. Others said they were too scared. But all of them said they were not leaving.
A patron on her cellphone stood up and announced, “Hooters is now officially topless,” explaining that the roof had blown off.
Charley Campbell held up a Miller Lite and said he was here to watch the rat race. Asked whether he meant people who were scrambling to get off the island, he said no and pointed to three rats sprinting across Seawall Boulevard, which was flooding. He added, “Even the rats have more sense than we do.”