Lufkin, TX (KTRE) - Hours of broadcasting, dozens of news stories and continuous updates on the Internet during Hurricane Ike were recognized Tuesday night by the Lufkin City Council.
KTRE-TV (and ktre.com), Yates Broadcasting, Lufkin Daily News, Bill Cameron with the City of Lufkin (Cable Channel 15), and KYKS Radio were commended for the community service they provided. Mayor Jack Gorden said he has heard many stories from citizens about how each media outlet in its own way provided vital information to local residents, and the people who evacuated to this area, before, during, and after the Hurricane.
Mayor Gorden also presented each media representative with a medal bearing the city's seal on the front and a Texas star with the words "For Meritorious Service" on the back hanging from a red, white and blue ribbon.
Hurricane Ike was the third most destructive hurricane to ever hit the United States. It started as a tropical disturbance off the coast of Africa near the end of August, then tracked south of Cape Verde and slowly developed. By the early morning hours of September 5th, Ike was a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. That made it the most intense storm so far in the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.
Hurricane Ike slammed Galveston on September 13th. Wind and rain from the storm tore through East Texas leaving thousands of residents without electricity. Thousands of evacuees from the Houston/Galveston area, Louisiana and Alabama fled the brunt of the storm to seek shelter here.
KTRE-TV was at the center of local coverage using its Live Doppler 9 Network to track Hurricane Ike, providing constant Hurricane updates, school and business closures, road conditions, and emergency and relief services information both on air and on the web.