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Hurricane Season

Episode 6: Hurricane Rita

“Hurricane Season” is an eight-episode podcast that explores how major storms going back to 1900 greatly impacted Greater Houston people and policies

  • Storm evacuees stand on the side of Highway 290 which has become a parking lot as people attempt to flee Hurricane Rita in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
    Storm evacuees stand on the side of Highway 290 which has become a parking lot as people attempt to flee Hurricane Rita in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
  • A pedestrian walks between traffic with a tool box trying to locate a motorist on northbound Interstate 45 in Houston Texas, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. Traffic throughout the Houston area was very heavy as residents left town before Hurricane Rita arrived.    (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    A pedestrian walks between traffic with a tool box trying to locate a motorist on northbound Interstate 45 in Houston Texas, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. Traffic throughout the Houston area was very heavy as residents left town before Hurricane Rita arrived. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • A woman stands outside her car on Interstate-45 near downtown Houston on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. Thousands of people are evacuating the Texas coast and officials will be reversing the Southbound lane on the interstate to four lanes of north bound flow.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
    A woman stands outside her car on Interstate-45 near downtown Houston on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. Thousands of people are evacuating the Texas coast and officials will be reversing the Southbound lane on the interstate to four lanes of north bound flow. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  • Rodolfo Santana fills his gas tank on northbound Interstate 45 with fuel donated by other evacuees in Houston, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. Traffic was backed up for miles while residents trying to evacuate the Texas Gulf Coast area prior to Hurricane Rita flooded highways out of the area.  (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    Rodolfo Santana fills his gas tank on northbound Interstate 45 with fuel donated by other evacuees in Houston, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005. Traffic was backed up for miles while residents trying to evacuate the Texas Gulf Coast area prior to Hurricane Rita flooded highways out of the area. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
  • ** FILE ** Emergency crews investigate the scene where a bus caught fire and exploded on northbound Interstate 45, Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in Wilmer, Texas. The bus was carrying about 45 elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from the Houston area. The driver of the bus that caught fire while carrying elderly patients fleeing Hurricane Rita has been charged with criminal negligent homicide in the deaths of 23 passengers, a spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department said Monday, Oct. 17, 2005.  (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum, FILE)
    ** FILE ** Emergency crews investigate the scene where a bus caught fire and exploded on northbound Interstate 45, Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in Wilmer, Texas. The bus was carrying about 45 elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from the Houston area. The driver of the bus that caught fire while carrying elderly patients fleeing Hurricane Rita has been charged with criminal negligent homicide in the deaths of 23 passengers, a spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department said Monday, Oct. 17, 2005. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum, FILE)
  • Heavy traffic flows northbound out of Houston on Interstate 45 on both sides of the highway as people evacuate the Galveston and Houston areas before Hurricane Rita hit, in this Sept. 22, 2005 file photo, viewed from The Woodlands, Texas.  (Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
    Heavy traffic flows northbound out of Houston on Interstate 45 on both sides of the highway as people evacuate the Galveston and Houston areas before Hurricane Rita hit, in this Sept. 22, 2005 file photo, viewed from The Woodlands, Texas. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the nation's worst rainstorm, Houston Public Media takes a look back at some of the biggest storms that have impacted the Gulf Coast and its development, policies, and people.

On this episode of “Hurricane Season,” host Andrew Schneider examines Hurricane Rita.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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