More than four feet of sand is brought to the beach along the seawall in January in Galveston to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Ike. According to Steve LeBlanc, the city manager of Galveston, the sand is being brought over to the seawall from the east end of the island. In some places, they are adding up to 200 feet of beach. The main concern is to protect the wood pylons beneath the concrete of the seawall. (Associated Press)
** FILE ** D.C. firefighters (from top) Lt. Brian Alston, Ryan Doyle, Greg Smith and Shawn Welch attempt to drain the entrance area of a flooded residence in the Adams Morgan area in this 2009 file photo.
Erosion control devices line the beach in Galveston, Texas. The geotubes had been covered by dunes before Hurricane Ike hit the island last month. Many parts of Galveston remain littered with debris and are not ready to host the crowds that they usually attract. (Associated Press)
John Griffiths, one of the handlers of weather predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, holds Phil on Ground Hog's Day in Punxsutawney, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. The Groundhog Club said Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
** FILE ** Wild macaques huddled against the cold in southwest China's Guizhou province as record-breaking winter storms pound eastern, central and southern provinces, stranding holiday travelers and burying dwellings in Nanjing (above) in the east under heavy snow. (Associated Press)