A RESOLUTION OF THE DEEP EAST TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS RECOGNIZING SEPTEMBER 24, 2006 AS A DAY OF REMEMBERING HURRICANE RITA AND REDEDICATING OURSELVES TO RECOVERING AND REBUILDING DEEP EAST TEXAS.
WHEREAS, following Hurricane Katrina, perhaps the most destructive natural disaster in our nation's history, Deep East Texas opened its doors, hearts and homes to evacuees from Louisiana and Mississippi with an incredible outpouring of charity and compassion; and,
WHEREAS, less than a month later, on September 24, 2005, after a last minute shift northward and a merciful weakening of what had grown into a fierce Category 5 storm with peak sustained winds of 175 miles per hour, Hurricane Rita made landfall just east of Sabine Pass with 120 mile per hour winds; and,
WHEREAS, though loss of life and injury were minimized by a massive evacuation effort, the devastation across South and Deep East Texas and Southwest Louisiana was widespread and would make Rita one of the most destructive and costliest hurricanes in history; and,
WHEREAS, one year later, even though thousands of homes and businesses are still awaiting repair and thousands still find that they have incredible personal needs, the people of Deep East and Southeast Texas have a spirit that cannot be broken by mere storm surge, winds and rain; and,
WHEREAS, the people of Deep East Texas have a faith in God that anchors them against even the greatest adversity, an unparalleled generosity toward their fellow man, and an unwavering commitment to rebuild their communities and their lives.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY the Deep East Texas Council of Governments that September 24, 2006, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Rita, shall be a day of remembering Hurricane Rita and rededicating ourselves to recovering and rebuilding Deep East Texas.