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Wasn't There a Hurricane Named Rita?
AP ^ | Jan. 25, 2006 | DOUG SIMPSON

Posted on 01/25/2006 5:24:52 AM PST by Muleteam1

MANY IN LA., TEXAS LAMENT RITA 'AMNESIA'

By DOUG SIMPSON Associated Press Writer

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) -- A steady procession of congressmen and U.S. senators have visited the Gulf Coast this month, inspecting Hurricane Katrina damage. But they didn't show up here, one of the places devastated by Hurricane Rita, Louisiana's "other" storm.

Four months after Rita caused $4.7 billion in damage, people in southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas say they're concerned the storm has been erased from the country's memory, overshadowed by Katrina's assault on New Orleans. While New Orleanians fret about "Katrina fatigue," people here say they've been victims of "Rita amnesia."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Louisiana; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: hurricane; katrina; louisiana; rita; storm; texas
Note for the Squeeky-Wheel-Greasing Left Stream Media (LSM): There was another Category 3 hurricane this past year.
1 posted on 01/25/2006 5:24:55 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: Muleteam1

My husband and I went down to SW LA in October and helped with the recovery. It was bad down there.


2 posted on 01/25/2006 5:33:42 AM PST by Mercat (sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms the child)
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To: Muleteam1
and what about Wilma devistation of Florida
3 posted on 01/25/2006 5:33:46 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: Muleteam1

It's all about New Orleans....the city that thought it was immune to hurricanes (other than the drink).


4 posted on 01/25/2006 5:34:47 AM PST by sweet_diane (I support TheShoulder dot org)
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To: Muleteam1

But Katrina was a Chocolate storm. Rita was more shrimp gumbo. That's why.


5 posted on 01/25/2006 5:35:56 AM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: Vaquero
We South Floridians are pretty much hardy when it comes to hurricane recovery.

Even though the month-long power loss for the 3 Big Counties (Palm Beach, Dade & Broward) was tough for many too acclimated to it, JESUS took good care of us all.

6 posted on 01/25/2006 5:38:42 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: Mercat
Thank you for your time and effort in helping out down there. I took a tractor and trailer down to Silsbee, TX and helped clear some large fallen trees. It was really bad around Beaumont as well.

Muleteam1

7 posted on 01/25/2006 5:39:11 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: Mercat
I was working in a shelter in Baton Rouge when Rita hit. A couple of days later we got bus loads of people coming in from the Lake Charles area just as I was leaving to go back to the staff shelter. I ended up sticking around to help register them in. One thing I do have to say about people from Louisiana, they are sure polite.
8 posted on 01/25/2006 5:40:10 AM PST by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: Vaquero

Same complaints are valid for Wilma. Thanks for reminding us.


9 posted on 01/25/2006 5:40:15 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: sweet_diane; neodad
I worked in the French Quarter for several years and everyone knew it was a flood disaster waiting to happen.

Muleteam1

10 posted on 01/25/2006 5:44:23 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: trashcanbred
>>One thing I do have to say about people from Louisiana, they are sure polite.<<

Thank you for your assistance and kindness.

Muleteam1

11 posted on 01/25/2006 5:48:18 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: ExcursionGuy84
>>We South Floridians are pretty much hardy when it comes to hurricane recovery.<<

That's what I have always heard. It's been a while since Texas and SW Louisiana were slammed by a major storm but they seemed to handle it fairly well.

Muleteam1

12 posted on 01/25/2006 5:52:57 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: Muleteam1

Indeed. Although...I hven't been informed much as to the Southwestern portion of Louisiana until now.


13 posted on 01/25/2006 5:58:10 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: Muleteam1
Because Rita can't be used as a club by the MSM and the hard-left with which to hit President Bush over the head.
14 posted on 01/25/2006 6:04:02 AM PST by Bratch
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To: ExcursionGuy84
I guess I should revise my previous statement to say SE Texas seemed to handling the situation well. I too have not heard much from SW Louisiana except for what trashcanbred has told us.

Muleteam1

15 posted on 01/25/2006 6:09:08 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: Bratch
What the LSM overlooks is that Democrats get much of their Texas support from the Houston area.

Muleteam1

16 posted on 01/25/2006 6:12:54 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: Vaquero

The strange thing about Wilma is that it totally disrupted life down here in South Florida for at least a couple of weeks yet almost nothing about this was reported in the national media. Fortunately, most of the damage was loss of electricity and damaged roofs but there was incredible DISRUPTION down here for that period.


17 posted on 01/25/2006 6:15:58 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: Muleteam1

Simple question to answer.

SW Louisianna and SE Texas are red areas on the map.


18 posted on 01/25/2006 6:19:08 AM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: PJ-Comix
...yet almost nothing about this was reported in the national media

Mayhap because there was "nothing" to be said that could involve mud-dumping on Governor Jeb Bush and/or President George W. Bush.

19 posted on 01/25/2006 6:27:30 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: Muleteam1
Someone said Katrina had a sister called Rita...... Or at least that's what I'm told as I continue to wait for insurance settlements to begin rebuilding my home.

Thanks for helping the folks.... A huge amount of debri has been removed but there is still a lot to go. Some of the area will see many small businesses gone not to be rebuilt. Most of the major retail shopping centers are back now but there are still some that are in the rebuilding stages. Blue roofs will be here for a lot longer I'm afraid.
20 posted on 01/25/2006 6:29:18 AM PST by deport
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To: The South Texan
Although surrounded by a sea of red, didn't Jefferson County, Texas go 51% for Kerry, 49% Bush in 2004?

Muleteam1

21 posted on 01/25/2006 6:37:20 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: Muleteam1

It could be because I think Beaumont is in Jefferson County which is a lawsuit filing heaven in Texas for the Trial Lawyers.


22 posted on 01/25/2006 6:44:19 AM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: deport
>>A huge amount of debri has been removed but there is still a lot to go.<<

I'll bet. There were huge trees blown down over homes and debris everywhere when I was there. My sister's home at Silsbee lost several large trees on their property but luckily all blew away from their house. They lost their patio roof and the roof on their storage barn but I believe they have (mostly) settled with their insurance already. They are uncertain what they will do with the huge caverns in their lawn underneath the upturned tree rootballs, that is assuming they are able to ever get rid of the huge things. My small tractor could not budge these heavy rootballs.

Muleteam1

23 posted on 01/25/2006 6:49:36 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: Muleteam1

I can relate factually how Rita victims have been overlooked from the federal to the state even to groups that are supposed to be helping the victims of hurricanes.

My Mother-in-Law was in ICU in Beaumont Texas when Rita was coming on shore. FEMA evacuated her out via the Air National Guard. It took almost a week before we found her. FEMA, the hospital, the Guard, Red Cross etc did not have a record of where she, and thousands of others, was taken. Once we found her, in Georgia, we had her moved to our home as soon as she was medically stable. This is where the REAL problems began.

My MIL is 100% disabled, wheelchair bound with end-stage renal disease, CHF, uncontrollable diabetes, parkinsons, and almost total neuropathy of her lower extremities. I flew to GA to meet her, flew her back to Miami where we had an ambulance waiting for her to take her to our local hospital for observation and release. We had made prior arrangements with a local doctor to direct admit her.

During FEMA’s move, all of my MIL’s hospital records, identification, clothing, Medicare/Medicaid cards were lost. None of the medical facilities where she had been knew where they were. What should have been a simple admit into the hospital turned into a 4 hour ordeal with the hospital refusing to direct admit her since she did not have ID or her insurance cards. HOWEVER if she had been a Katrina evacuee policies where in place for those missing ID etc. Finally, out of frustration we took her to the Emergency room where they could not refuse to treat her. It’s a good thing we did. Upon acceptance into the ER we learned she had pneumonia and was in the beginning stages of another heart attack. A simple observation turned into a 14 days hospital stay.

While she was in hospital we tried to get copies of her ID and Medicaid/Medicare cards. Not even the State of Texas had provisions at the time to handle those affected by Rita. To get copies of her state cards, we were required to have a notarized copy of a Power of Attorney faxed to the state. Not a problem if we could have found a notary that would make a trip to the hospital AND sign a POA without her ID. Finally my FIL, still in E. Texas was able to get us a duplicate of her driver’s license using the POA he had. With this ID we were able to get her Medicaid/Medicare ID’s. Problem solved right? Not on your life.

Once she was discharged she was placed on 21 medications not including insulin. I could not find a single pharmacy that would fill them for her. After spending an entire day and most of an evening calling various pharmacies throughout S. Florida; even as far as the Orlando area, I still could not find one that was willing to bill Texas for her scripts. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, etc etc all had provisions to bill for Katrina victims, NONE for Rita. We paid out of pocket for her first month of drugs. $1474 later she had her medications. We were told by a Social Worker at our local hospital to get her on Florida Medicaid. However, Florida has up to 45 days to accept an out-of-state Med/Medicare patient. If she had been Katrina, the switch was automatic.

After a lot of screaming, calling of Gov’s offices, local reps and even my towns Mayor, she received Florida Medicare 32 days later. I guess that is better than 45.

As of this Sunday my MIL is stable enough to finally travel back to Texas. I’ve made reservations to fly both of us and I will return late Sun night. American Airlines has a discount for Katrina victims to fly home. This doesn’t apply to Rita. Her original flight to S. Florida was slightly over $800; this flight is almost $600. Money we’ve paid out of our pocket with no way to get reimbursed from anyone that we are aware of. Of course we are paying everything without much complaint, after all she is family and you have to do for your own. I just can’t describe how frustrating it is to learn your family member isn’t eligible for assistance because the particular hurricane she was a “victim” of wasn’t as news worthy.

I apologize for the length of this post and even with it’s size I could go on and on with other problems we encountered getting her needed medical equipment, finding doctors to accept her as a patient, trying to get any assistance from the Red Cross (they would not do a single thing to help her) etc but I’ve bored you enough. Are Rita victims forgotten? You’re damn right they are and my MIL is living proof.


24 posted on 01/25/2006 6:54:18 AM PST by Brytani (Democrats - destroying America since 1868)
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To: Brytani
Thank you for relating the problems you have had with your mother-in-law. My 86-year old mom was in a Beaumont nursing home but was able to get out with my sister's help to my brother's home near Lufkin. While there the area lost power for over a week in the sweltering heat of east Texas. To make matters worse, my mom not being used to a new place, tripped over a rug and fell against a brick hearth, badly struck her head and broke her arm. She has not recovered nor has she yet resumed walking. We expect that we have lost her from this incident. It's been pretty bad. My mom's last sibling died on Monday so I'm not sure my mom knows this yet. Sorry for bending your ear with this long story but my prayers are with you and your family.

Muleteam1

25 posted on 01/25/2006 7:19:53 AM PST by Muleteam1 (Knowing the past is like a tracer bullet. It reveals the path to the future.)
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To: Muleteam1

I don't know: tell me, does Lake Charles have a race-baiting, loud-mouthed black mayor?

I didn't think so...


26 posted on 01/25/2006 9:11:50 AM PST by Redbob
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27 posted on 01/25/2006 9:12:19 AM PST by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: Muleteam1
"I worked in the French Quarter for several years and everyone knew it was a flood disaster waiting to happen."

And yet, it was the Vieux Carre that remained high and dry.

So much for what "everyone knows," eh?

28 posted on 01/25/2006 9:14:03 AM PST by Redbob
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To: Muleteam1
Lake Charles and Cameron are major support hubs for Gulf of Mexico oil & gas operations.

I have not heard or read one article about the gulf coast ports.

29 posted on 01/25/2006 9:23:47 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Redbob
No but it has a minority governor whose mouth is nearly as large.

Muleteam1

30 posted on 01/25/2006 9:27:45 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: Redbob
Although the intelligence of building in a swamp could be argued, I actually give the French credit for knowing to build on the natural levee.

Muleteam1

31 posted on 01/25/2006 9:31:27 AM PST by Muleteam1
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To: Muleteam1; All

HURRICANE RITA-- archive of links
various FR links & stories | 09-21-05 | the heavy equipment guy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1488785/posts


33 posted on 01/25/2006 12:59:27 PM PST by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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To: Brytani

Oh, bless your hearts. I'm so sorry this happened to you and yours.

And muleteam1, too. I totally sympathize.


34 posted on 01/26/2006 5:02:57 AM PST by Rte66
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To: PJ-Comix
You have our sympathies--as do those in Mississippi and Alabama. We had no electricity for four weeks.

I finally had five uprooted trees removed from the yard last week after being in line for two months. All but the roof has been repaired; another wait in line.

People affected by the storms are most often referred to as --Rita "survivors"; Katrina "victims."

I'm going to get a T-shirt that says "I survived Rita and, so far, Katrina victims." Our crime rate has gone up thanks to Katrina victims.

35 posted on 01/26/2006 5:15:51 AM PST by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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To: Rte66

bunp for later


36 posted on 01/26/2006 5:37:07 AM PST by sawmill trash (You declare jihad ... we declare DEGUELLO !)
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To: lonestar

You will find me posting at odd hours of the night, thanks to my Katrina victim neighbors. This morning it was horns honking at 4AM, after all night loud arguments out in the front yard till probably 2AM (a nightly event). I had my finger on the 911 redial for the longest time, but in the end, didn't use it (again).

The crying baby that sounds exactly like a tomcat screaming for its datemate is the worst of the lot. Eight hours or more per night without a let-up. Two entire families who never heard of closing their doors or sitting inside instead of on the porch. Of course, all they have inside is a huge big-screen plasma TV and 6-8 air mattresses.

But we're Texans of the Year, ya know!


37 posted on 01/26/2006 5:55:26 AM PST by Rte66
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To: Muleteam1

I'm sorry to learn about your MIL's fall. It seems the older a person becomes the less able they are when it comes to handling changes in their life. Even small changes can have a negative impact, huge changes, like a hurricane brings can be devistating.

I'll keep her and your family in my prayers.


38 posted on 01/26/2006 6:21:57 AM PST by Brytani (Democrats - destroying America since 1868)
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To: Brytani

Thank you.


39 posted on 01/26/2006 6:48:26 AM PST by Muleteam1
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