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Hurricane Rita Blog - Monday, 09/26/05 Entries

Business and School Closing Information Updated - Mon., 09/26/05 @ 7:50 p.m.
Posted by T.A. Hampton, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

We have updated the school and business lists again.

        For the School Closings, Cancellations, and Information list, click here.

        For the Business Openings / Closings and Related Information list, click here.


Full Text of TXU Press Release - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 7:10 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

As promised earlier, here is a link to the full text of the TXU press release that I mentioned in the 6:25 p.m. post. Click here to view the full press release from TXU Energy Delivery.

I am now going home for the evening. The posts may be much more sporadic through the night, but we will resume full force in the morning.


Carnival to Re-Open at the Expo Center - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 7:00 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

Even though the 21st Annual Texas State Forest Festival had to be cut short, the carnival is still in town.

Crabtree Amusements will re-open their rides for carnival-goers beginning Tuesday evening at the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center, located on North Loop 287 in Lufkin.

Parking and gate admission to the carnival are free, and armbands will cost $10.00.  The carnival will run from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m., until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

For more information about the carnival, contact the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 634-6644.


Plea From Corrigan via E-Mail - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 6:55 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

This e-mail was received from the wife of Corrigan police officer Robert Myers. It is reprinted without
editorial comment, and represents the views of the writer, and not necessarily those of KTRE-TV.

“This is a plea for help.  I live and work in Southeast Texas.  I understand the lion's share of damage from hurricane Rita is in Beaumont and Cameron, LA.  However the tiny town of  Corrigan, TX just to the NE of Beaumont is in serious trouble.  They are on a main evacuation route at the intersection of US HWY 59 and US HWY 287.  There police department consists of 6 people.  They have a few DPS officer's helping them with traffic, but there are MANY evacuees stranded there.  All of the town's resources were sucked dry during the evacuation. There is no gas, no water, no power and very very, little food.  The police department is working around the clock.  The fire department is all volunteer and some of them are also police officers.  The nearby town of Livingston is in just as bad shape.  We are told that there is no hope of getting power before October 7th.  All of the water pumping stations need power to get the water out to people.

If FEMA is out there listening,    HELP NOW PLEASE, before things get really desperate.  Thank you.

Kimberly Myers

Distraught Wife of Police Officer Robert Myers  Corrigan PD”

Local Weather Update
- Mon., 9/26/05 @ 6:45 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

Here’s an excerpt from Jené’s latest “Personal Forecast” daily e-mail, with an update on the weather:

“The big story for the first half of the week will be the hot temperatures. There is another heat advisory already in effect through 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday for several counties in East Texas.

This means that we will not only have to deal with temperatures reaching the mid to upper 90s in the afternoon, but the oppressive humidity as well.

There are still burn bans in effect throughout Deep East Texas. To see if your county is under a burn ban, visit
East Texas Weather.

There will be a cool down after Thursday. A cold front is expected to push through, bringing some relief from these summer-like temperatures.”

If you are not signed up to receive your Personal Forecast e-mails,
click here to go to the sign-up page. It’s a free service of KTRE-TV, and it’s a great way to stay informed about the latest weather conditions. I didn’t have a chance to mention it, but many of the weather updates I posted in this blog on Saturday were from the Personal Forecast e-mails that I received throughout the day from Jené.

U.S. 59 Travel Update
- Mon., 9/26/05 @ 6:37 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

U.S. 59 at the Trinity River Bridge at the Polk and San Jacinto county line is open to traffic.  The highway was opened at midnight.  Motorists can now take U.S. 59 all the way to Houston, but are reminded that fuel availability remains a major issue. Motorists should also watch for abandoned vehicles throughout the route, and should expect heavy delays due to traffic congestion from the number of evacuees returning home.

Travel information is available by calling (800) 452-9292.

Report from Shelby County - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 6:35 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

We have recently received information from Allen Fitts, a viewer in Shelby County, about conditions there.

Shelby County suffered widespread damage. Most of the damage was noted inside the city limits of Center and around the Shelbyville area.


Most of the city has power restored. However, most of the rural areas are still in a blackout. Mr. Fitts states, “I do know for a fact that a total blackout is occurring along Highway 7 from Center to Nacogdoches.” He adds that most of the county roads are open but remain in rough shape, and some have some very deep ruts.

People in the rural areas of Shelby County need to be advised that the grocery stores are open but are limited in certain items such as ice, and bottled water. Gasoline is also available, but sparse outside of the city of Center. Long lines were also noticed being formed as early as 6:30 a.m. this morning.

Update from TXU Electric Delivery - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 6:25 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

“In the 48 hours since Hurricane Rita hit the TXU Electric Delivery system, power outages have been reduced by more than two thirds from the height of the storm and a workforce of 1,400 employees and contractors has been deployed in the most devastated areas. More than 1,000 additional workers are on the ground today in East Texas along with 700 trucks and vehicles.”

This is an excerpt from a TXU press release. The full text will be posted shortly.

Business List Updated Again - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 6:20 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

The Business Openings / Closings and Information list has been updated once more (see link in earlier post). Home Depot, Target, and Wal-Mart (all in Lufkin) are all now operating on normal schedules. They are no longer limiting the number of people in the store at one time, as previously announced.

Academy Has Emergency Supplies - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 5:50 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

Academy Sports and Outdoor in Lufkin has a new shipment of propane stoves, cots, water, and gasoline cans. You may wish to call the store for current availability and store hours.

School/Business/Emergency Info Updates - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 5:45 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

The school closing, business, and emergency information lists have all been updated again. Scroll down to the earlier post for the links (bulleted lines). These will take you to the updated stories. Be sure to refresh your browser to make sure the latest pages load. You can force-refresh the page by pressing CTRL+F5 on your keyboard.

Hudson Water Notice - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 5:40 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

Hudson Water Supply Corporation officials have asked us to let the public know that you DO NOT have to boil water in Hudson. There are no problems with the Hudson water supply.

Diboll Boil Water Notice - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 5:25 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

Diboll has issued a boil water notice to all residents until further notice.

Corrigan Officials Giving Out Ice and Water - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 4:35 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

Corrigan officials are giving out ice and water. Water will be given out by the water tower near city hall. Ice will be given out by the high school. The limits are two (2) – four (4) bags of ice per family, and two (2) cases of water per family. No specific times were announced for the distribution.


More Updates - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 4:25 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

We have updated the school and business lists again, and we have also posted a list with emergency information from area cities, water supplies, government agencies, etc.

        For the School Closings, Cancellations, and Information list, click here.

        For the Business Openings / Closings and Related Information list, click here.

        For the Emergency Information list, click here.

A Note from Your Blogger - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 4:00 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

I wish that I were able to update more quickly, but there are many interruptions. I just came from a meeting in which we discussed ways to improve the communication process. We will continue to work to bring you the latest information in the most expedient way possible. More school and business updates are coming soon.

School / Business Lists Upated - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 2:50 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

The school and business lists have now been updated. For the School Closings, Cancellations, and Information list, click here. For the Business Openings / Closings and Related Information list, click here.

School / Business Closing Updates - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 2:15 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

We have updated school and business information, so I will not be updating the blog for a short while so that I can update those lists. As soon as the updated lists are posted, I will add links to them in the blog.

Ice, Water and Food Distributions Announced - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 2:10 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

The City of Nacogdoches Department of Emergency management has announced the distribution of food, ice, and water for Nacogdoches citizens in need today. The distribution will be held at the Hoya Soccer Complex on Pilar Street at Rulfs Street and will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue through 6:00 pm. Household limits will be two bags of ice, two cases of water, and one case of MREs (12 meals).

Update from TXU Electric Delivery - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 1:50 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

A truck convoy with an additional 440 TXU Electric Delivery employees and contractors - including linemen, tree trimmers, and damage assessors - arrived in Lufkin today to focus all available resources to restoring power in East Texas. (This is in addition to 140 already in Nacogdoches.)  Rob Trimble, President and Chief Operating Officer for TXU Electric Delivery, says, “We expect to make significant progress over the next few days in the restoration process, and the number of homes and businesses without electricity should be dramatically decreasing soon.”

Full text of the press release will be available soon.

Missing Family Members - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 1:30 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

A woman named Kerri sent us this e-mail. She is trying to locate her family. Can anyone help her?

“Hi! I'm in Columbia, SC and my family is in the Hemphill/Fairmount area right on the lake.  I cannot establish contact with them and would like to know if you can give me ANY information on the damages sustained in the area.  My last telephone contact occurred when the eye of the storm was about 10 miles from Hemphill and I've heard nothing since.  Any information would be greatly appreciated. - Thanks, Kerri”

If you have any information for Kerri, please e-mail KTRE-TV at
rita@ktre.com, and we’ll pass on the information to Kerri.

Sen. Hutchinson in Nacogdoches Now - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 1:10 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

On Monday, September 26, Texas’ senior senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will tour areas damaged by Hurricane Rita with local officials starting in Port Arthur and ending in Nacogdoches. She was scheduled to arrive in Nacogdoches at 1:00 p.m., so she should be there now. She is going to be touring the evacuation center at Stephen F. Austin State University’s William R. Johnson Coliseum at the corner of University Dr. and E. College.

Telephone Service Update - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 1:00 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

Consolidated Communications network and operations employees continue to work around the clock to restore telephone service to residents in Conroe and Lufkin. Click here to read a full press release from CCI.

Sen. Cornyn to Visit Tyler, Houston, and Beaumont Today  - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 12:55 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, will be in Tyler, Houston and Beaumont and TODAY, September 26, 2005. Cornyn, who has received briefings and updates at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Austin over the past two days, will meet with local first responders, tour operations centers and receive updated local briefings on each area’s current needs in order to more effectively continue assisting with federal coordination. Click here to read the full text of the press release from Sen. Cornyn's office.

The Blog is Back! - Mon., 9/26/05 @ 12:45 p.m.
Posted by R. Smith, KTRE-TV, Lufkin, Texas

We are resuming the “Hurricane Rita:  Latest Information” blog at this time. We are being inundated with phone calls and e-mails requesting information or providing information, and it is overwhelming our limited Internet staff. Please be assured that we will post information as quickly and as accurately as we can. Please bear with us.

 

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