US Official Assesses Hurricane Damage

Plans are still being made to clean up damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Alphonso Jackson, the United States secretary of housing and urban development, spent time surveying the damage around East Texas. Jackson also met with government leaders. Jackson says he didn't realize how much damage the East Texas area suffered from the hurricanes.

Local representatives want to make sure Texas gets a fair allotment of a $4-billion community development block grant. The native Texan plans to take the information back to Washington.

Jackson said, "I will be working with the congressman, with our two senators to see what we can do to make sure that Texas is compensated for the good that they have done."

Jackson and the rest of his team left Lufkin in a Black Hawk helicopter heading toward Jasper County to see their damage.