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Hurricane Rita / Texas / Louisiana #803774

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 22, 2005
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(Houston: Charles Gibson) The situation in Texas as Hurricane Rita nears featured; aerial scenes shown of the mass evacuation from Houston on Interstate 45, which is bumper-to-bumper for 100 miles, the crowded airport & of southbound roads being opened to northbound traffic. [Houston Mayor Bill WHITE†- says "don't wait."] [Three MOTORISTS - comment on their predicament.] [Texas Governor Rick PERRY - wants people out of the storm's path.] [At the airport, two PEOPLE - comment.] The latest weather advisory on Rita's shift towards the east noted.

(New Orleans: Dean Reynolds) The situation in beleaguered New Orleans three weeks after Hurricane Katrina as Rita drifts towards Louisiana featured; details given of concerns storm surge and/or rain could overwhelm the sputtering pumping system. [Louisiana Governor Kathleen BLANCO - says "go to safe ground"; speaks to the people who want to ride out the storm.] [WORKER - comments on the pumps.] [New York fire department Capt. Raymond TRINKLE†- worries about losing their resources.] [In the French Quarter, restaurant owner Scott BOSWELL†- reacts.]

(Houston: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Galveston: Bob Woodruff) The vulnerable cities of Galveston & Texas City, Texas, featured; scenes shown of the island city's seawall, the empty streets & boarded up buildings. [Three RESIDENTS, police JAILER - comment.] [Mayor Lyda THOMAS†- says the seawall has saved our island.] Virtual view shown of the city, the seawall & a potential storm surge.

Gibson, Charles;
Reynolds, Dean;
Woodruff, Bob

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