Texas residents of a fragile peninsula ravaged by Hurricane Ike jammed the lone road home to begin rebuilding their lives.

Traffic backed up at least 5 miles early Friday on the narrow Bolivar Peninsula and some commuters spent more than an hour on the road.

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Many were attempting to drive home for the first time since Ike blasted ashore Sept. 13.

The peninsula's estimated 4,000 residents are being allowed to return on a "look and leave" basis.

They can go home each day but can't stay since there's still no power, water, sewer or telephone service.

The road was mostly cleared of debris.

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