updated 10/14/2008 2:42:46 PM ET 2008-10-14T18:42:46

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton got a firsthand look Tuesday at the damage Hurricane Ike left in Galveston.

They toured the area by helicopter, flying over Galveston Island and the storm-wrecked Bolivar Peninsula. Then they were updated on the ongoing repair and recovery efforts.

During a brief meeting at a community center that's been turned into FEMA headquarters, local officials asked Bush and Clinton to use their influence in any way to help them get aid to rebuild the region's tourist economy.

Ike blasted ashore near Galveston on Sept. 13, flattening buildings and killing at least 37 people in Texas.

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