Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Galveston braces for Rita

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

Determined not to repeat the mistakes of Katrina, Texas prepared for Hurricane Rita on Tuesday by ordering the state's first mandatory evacuation, declaring the state a disaster area and moving supplies to inland cities in anticipation of evacuees.

Using a law passed this year, Galveston County officials ordered a mandatory evacuation of its coastal communities beginning Wednesday night. Elderly residents living in nursing homes and assisted living centers were to be evacuated by bus before dawn to shelters about 100 miles north in Huntsville.


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