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Texas Residents Asked to Stay Away After Ike

It's been a week since Hurricane Ike slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast.

At least 50 people have died since the storm hit, and a large part of Houston will be without power for at least another week.

But conditions are far worse in Galveston, where there are almost no services.

Thousands returned to the peninsula to check on their homes and businesses.

Traffic was backed up for miles and authorities had to call off the temporary return just a few hours later.

The Texas attorney general is trying to force holdouts to leave because the area is too damaged for them to stay.

Ike did an estimated $8 billion in damage.

 WATCH MORE:  Galveston Officials to Evacuees: Stay Away

Osteen, Others Lend Hand to Hurricane Victims

Countless relief groups are working alongside the government to help hurricane victims.

Distribution centers run by the Salvation Army and the Southern Baptists are giving out water, ice and meals.

Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church is mobilizing volunteers.

The mega-church pastor said they are working with a number of groups to organize relief efforts.

"Again it's just everyone coming together and doing their part. Really what I see here in the city is it brings out the best in people," Osteen said. "Its about neighbors helping neighbors. You put aside your differences. It doesn't matter what color you are or what denomination or even what faith you are, and people are just reaching out and helping others. That's what its all about."

The city of Houston is calling on churches to provide workers at food distribution sites.

 WATCH MORE: Osteen's Church Helps with Ike's Stranded

OBI Helping Haiti Recover From Storms

Operation Blessing is also at work in Haiti.

Ike was the fourth in a series of storms that pummeled the Caribbean nation in recent weeks.

More than 330 people are dead and hundreds of thousands are without homes.

Flooding and washed out bridges are preventing relief from getting to rural areas.

Operation Blessings is helping deliver meals and water to those cut off by the floods.

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