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Hurricane Rita: Lessons Learned from Houston’s Great Evacuation

Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened to a category three by the time it made landfall, tracking east to hit Beaumont.

Today, we hear from three residents who share their memories of the chaos that ensued. Then Edel Howlin talks with former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, who many held accountable for some of that chaos. They discuss what went wrong and what officials learned from Rita.

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