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 Lufkin, Texas 75902         936-634-8881
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The following information is presented in the same form as it was posted on the website during Hurricane Rita in 2005.  It is intended to show the status of operations immediately after the storm.  Many of the short videos that were available during and right after the storm have been incorporated into the larger Hurricane Rita video

Governor Rick Perry visited with local officials in Lufkin on September 29, 2005.  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.


Watch 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, 2005 and a video showing Representative Louie Gohmert bringing in food and water Before the storm..


To Contact FEMA for Assistance:



Apply by Phone:
Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Call TTY 1-800-462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities.

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Online Individual Assistance Center


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


Major Retailers with supplies:  All retailers are now open


Lufkin Shelter status:  Shelters are in the process of being consolidated.


Kurth Memorial Library, Ellen Trout Zoo, and the Pitser Garrison Civic Center are now open


Tax 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 receive?

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 and Rita.

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 property damage.

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

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 appliance repairs.

For more information about Texas tax relief or to request a tax filing extension, call the State Comptroller's office toll-free at 1-800-252-5555.  


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