Rita Closes Many Texas, Louisiana Schools
Not as potent as feared, hurricane still wreaks havoc.
School districts in southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas were still struggling to assess damage, make repairs, and reopen nearly a week after Hurricane Rita swept ashore.
The storm skirted some Texas districts that had girded themselves for damage, such as the 210,000-student Houston school system and the 9,100-student Galveston district. Those districts resumed classes last week after closing for a few days to support the evacuation of their cities’ residents.
But as Rita made landfall on Sept. 24 farther east than was first predicted, sparing some densely populated areas, the hurricane shattered communities in Louisiana’s Cameron, Calcasieu, and Vermilion parishes, all parts of the state’s bayou region. And it pounded the Texas cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur as it traversed a path roughly up the Texas-Louisiana border. As of late last week, more than 140,000 students remained out of school in dozens of affected...
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