U.S. Forest Service Workers In East Texas Helping Rita Victims

by Larry Little

On Saturday, they put down their waterhoses and chainsaws to lending a helping hand. Members of the U.S. Forest Service unloaded and passed out truck loads of goods to folks in Zavalla.

The foresters came to East Texas from northern California, where they are usually fighting forest fires. They say it was the first time working with the public, but it's well worth it.

"It actually feels real good to come all the way from northern California to be able to help you guys out, for one thing. Kind of sad to see all of the damage around the area. People appreciate [it]. It's been a positive experience, for sure," says Tony Tyler with the U.S. Forest Service.

They're also delivering meals to hard hit neighborhoods.