Coast assesses damage

At least some Hurricane Rita-spawned floodwaters were receding by Monday morning, and emergency management officials in Louisiana and Texas were able to begin assessing damages in some of the worst-hit areas.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIM0RE | September 26, 2005


At least some Hurricane Rita-spawned floodwaters were receding by Monday morning, and emergency management officials in Louisiana and Texas were able to begin assessing damages in some of the worst-hit areas.

Towns and homes along the central Louisiana coastline were inundated with floodwaters. Search-and-rescue continued but was winding down on Monday because officials believed they had located most people who were stranded. Up to 2,500 people were rescued from Vermilion parish in Louisiana over the weekend. Cameron parish was also badly damaged.

In Texas, Beaumont and Port Arthur were badly hit, according to state emergency management reports.

Farm and fishing areas bore the large brunt of Hurricane Rita.

Rita also spawned dozens of tornadoes. One of the worst ripped through near Mississippi State University's campus, injuring four people and severely damaging several mobile homes at the University Hills trailer park. In central Arkansas, a tornado cut a 10-mile swath of damage that affected homes.

The good news? Rita did not stall over the south for days as forecasters feared. Instead, the storm moved quickly to the north while weakening.

Meanwhile, in Houston - which escaped the brunt of the storm - city officials were planning a staggered return of residents to avoid the traffic snarls that happened during last week’s evacuation. But by Sunday night, southbound lanes into Houston were already clogged.

National faith-based disaster response groups were able to launch an immediate relief effort. Some groups were helping provide emergency supplies to storm-affected people, while others were already beginning to formulate plans for long-term recovery.


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