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9/26/05-Beaumont/Port Arthur

Rita Less Destructive Than Predicted

Hurricane Rita has proven far less destructive than feared. Still, officials in Texas and Louisiana are asking residents displaced by Rita and Katrina to stay away from their homes a little while longer.

 They are trying to avoid the massive highway congestion that marked the exodus away from Rita last week. But many evacuees cannot wait any longer. In Beaumont, some of those trying to get home are angry.

One  hurricane victim says, "No compassion, no care, no nothing."

 Traffic jams are again a familiar challenge for many.

The mayor in Port Arthur, Texas says repair work will be easier if residents do not come back until water, sewage and power facilities are restored.

Aerial assessments of damage by the coast guard show a lot is intact when it was feared little would be left standing. 

 David Paulison , the acting FEMA director said, "We know the storm was not as bad as some people predicted it was going to be. But there are people out there who lost everything."

Rita is adding more to the long list of those in need. The Red Cross said it is halfway to reaching its goal of two billion dollars in relief aid.  Refineries that shut down are cleaning up oil leaks.

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