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09/26/05 - Fairmont

Small Towns, Not To Be Forgotten

by Jessica Cervantez

You have seen devastation in some of the bigger cities, but small towns like Fairmount couldn't escape Rita's path. Many who visit the town when they camp, instead, came to escape the storm.

Joe Shores, of Bridge City, said, "One man around the corner got his jeep, car, and got his truck, tore up."

Russel Fisher, of Lumberton, said, "We sat looking at these two trees waiting for them to go down, and finally they fell right into his house."

Devastation can be seen all over this small town of 2-thousand. But, emergency crews are ready to help.

Mike Noel, the superintendent of the Hot Shots from Montana, said, "We got the call to load up and bring as much water as you can."

About 30-thousand evacuees fled to the camp area. All those people are difficult for a small town like Fairmont to handle. That is why residents are being asked to conserve water.

RJ Wells, the South Sabine Water manager, said, "We are keeping water running. It's hard, but we're doing it."

With no electricity, no phones, and no fuel, it's difficult for evacuees to get information.

Monica Leblanc, of Port Neches, said, "We just want to know what's going on, we haven't heard anything from Port Neches."

Paul Foret, who lives in Port Arthur area, said, "We have no phone service, no electricity and the sewer is starting to back up."

It could take up to four weeks to get electricity, so emergency crews will work around the clock.

Foret said, "I'm ready to get home, let us start traveling back south, we evacuated for the storm, just let us go home."

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