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10/05/05 - Angelina County

Water's On, Power's Still Off

by Ramonica R. Jones

After almost two weeks of bathing in Lake Sam Rayburn and washing off with melted ice, there's good news in the Black Forest community. The water's back on.

Karen McDuff of Vidor said, "My 90-year-old mother-in-law took an ice hot shower in the afternoon, and then we took one at night and it felt great!"

There is still no electricity, so the water is a little chilly. Folks say a cold shower is better than no shower.

"We evacuated from Vidor up here, and now we find out we won't be able to go back to Vidor for about two more weeks."

With dozens of trees and power lines down, it was hard dealing with post-Rita damage and destruction at first, but there are few complaints now.

Bill McDuff said, "The sheriff's office has done a great job. I want you to know that. I hope the sheriff hears that, and I hope the governor hears that. We have not been ignored as far as food, water, and ice."

Life is slowly, but surely, getting back to normal in many East Texas towns, but the impact of the storm will continue to be felt for a long time to come.

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