Rick Perry visited with local officials in Lufkin on
September 29. Gov. Perry presented the Salvation
Army with a check for $100,000.00 to assist them in
the support of Rita Evacuees and local victims of
the storm. Gov. Perry told the crowd that Texans
were a compassionate people and that support for the
victims of Hurricane Rita would continue. Rear
Admiral Larry Hereth, the federal government's
Principal Federal Official for Rita recovery and
Gary Jones, acting Region 6 Director for FEMA also
attended the press conference. We have a
streaming video of the Governor's press conference.
We also have a short video of
Admiral Hereth's tour of the support facilities
in Lufkin. Read more about it in the
Lufkin Daily News.
There was an ammonia
leak at the Land O' Pines Dairy on Wednesday
morning. The Lufkin Fire Department was quickly on
scene and contained the leak. The leak was thought
to be a result of damage caused by Rita but that has
yet to be confirmed. We have a
video of the LFD responding to the emergency.
Read more about it in the
Lufkin Daily News.
our video of the
Salvation Army's support of Rita evacuees in Lufkin.
We have a
short video of the ice and water distribution.
Shelter operations video shot 9/26/05 at 18:30.
We also have a
20 minute video of the EOC coordination meeting
at 09:00 9/26/05. This is unedited video giving Red
Cross and Salvation Army updates. This information
is subject to change.
We have a
short video of a meeting between Lieutenant
Governor David Dewhurst, State Senator Todd Staples,
then Mayor Louis Bronaugh, City Manager Paul Parker, and
then Deputy City Manager Kenneth Williams. We have
interview videos of
Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and
State Senator Staples.
We have a short video
showing storm damage and shelter operations on
Saturday, September 24 and a video showing
Louie Gohmert bringing in food and water Before
Business owners in the 9 declared counties of
Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson,
Liberty, Newton, Orange and Tyler need to call
800-621-3362 or go to
http://fema.gov for individual assistance
information. Angelina County has been declared an
emergency response area, not a disaster area.
Angelina County residents are encouraged to call the
above number or visit the FEMA website. Hurricane
Rita disaster number is 1606.
All 254 Texas
counties have been approved for public assistance.
No Burning is
allowed! Put debris at the curb. City will
pick up on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. No
recycling pickup this week. It may be several days
before tree debris can be picked up. If you have
the capability, you can take debris to the Recycling
center and they will accept it.
should report to the Salvation Army, 412 S. Third
Street. The Expo Center is closing as a shelter.
To Contact FEMA
Routes out of
Lufkin: All routes are now open.
103w to Crockett Hwy
19 to Huntsville, I-45 to Houston
94 to Trinity, 19 to
Huntsville, I-45 to Houston
103 W to Crockett,
Hwy 21 to Madisonville, I-45 to Houston
with supplies: All retailers are now open
status: Shelters are in the process of being
Kurth Memorial Library, Ellen
Trout Zoo, and the Pitser Garrison Civic Center are
Information: Rita victims can get tax
relief from IRS and state
Q: If I sustained property damage from Hurricane
Rita, is there any kind of tax relief from
federal and/or state taxes that I am eligible to
A: Yes, there is. On a federal level, the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is working to
provide appropriate tax and financial relief
assistance to victims of both hurricanes Katrina
Some of the tax relief provisions offered
include delayed deadlines for filing tax returns
and making tax payments, new rules for waiver of
penalties on IRA and 401K withdrawals, help with
reconstruction of tax records, and guidance on
claiming casualty losses for unreimbursed
Hurricane victims in need of help with tax
matters should call the IRS Hurricane Relief
Hotline at 1-866-562-5227. Specific information
about IRS Hurricane Relief provisions can be
found on the web at www.irs.gov.
At the state level, Texas taxpayers affected by
Hurricane Rita may seek 90-day extensions for
state tax returns, including sales and franchise
returns, due in September and October.
Texas law also provides for exemption of sales
taxes on labor costs to repair storm-damaged
property, including dry cleaning of clothing and
draperies, rug and carpet cleaning, and
For more information about Texas tax relief or
to request a tax filing extension, call the
State Comptroller's office toll-free at
Power is continuing
to be restored. Most residences and business in
Lufkin now have power. There are still rural areas
in Angelina County that are still without power.
All downed power lines should be considered as
Brazil received the following phone message this
week: "Chris Dritfas from Katy TX, wanted to tell
you thank you for the great job you and your
officers did. He was traveling from Katy TX to AR.
He said they were right in the middle of all of the
mad traffic. And he said that we were the only town
with officer assisting with the traffic flow. He
just wanted to say Thank you and to let you know you
and your officers did a great job". Also, see our
email from a "storm Chaser".