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Texas Residents Asked to Return Home Section at a Time

September 26, 2005

Texas Residents Asked to Return Home Section at a Time
September 26, 2005 – Hurricane Rita forced more than 3 million people from the Louisiana coast and several Texan cities to leave their homes last week. The mass evacuation caused a 15 to 20 hour traffic jam in some areas. Now residents are eager to get home and officials are working to avoid similar traffic complications.

The state of Texas is asking for residents to be patient to ensure all Texans return home as safely and quickly as possible. The Texas Department of Transportation has developed a plan to stagger the return of Rita evacuees over at least three days.

According to the DOT, it is not safe for residents of the Houston, Galveston or Beaumont/Port Arthur to return home yet. Gas is in very short supply along all southbound highways leading to these cities. Officials hope that staggering the return home will reduce long lines of traffic and assist with fuel shortages.

  • Starting Sunday, Sept. 25, residents could return home to communities west of I-45 and north of I-10, including residents of Tomball, The Woodlands, Waller, Hockley, Katy, Brookshire and surrounding communities.


  • On Monday, residents may return to communities west of I-45 and south of I-10, including residents of Richmond, Stafford, Rosenberg, Sugarland, Pearland and surrounding communities, plus all Houston residents inside Loop I-610. Residents may also return to communities east of I-45 and south of I-10 in Harris and Galveston Counties, including residents from Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, Pasadena, Baytown, League City, and Texas City.


  • Tuesday, residents may return to all remaining areas east of I-45 and north of I-10 up to the Liberty and Chamber county lines.


  • State and local emergency officials continue to develop a plan for the safe return of evacuees to communities south of I-10 and east of I-45 as well as communities east of the Houston area that sustained the most damage from Hurricane Rita.

    To view the Return Plan and for more information, visit Texas Online.

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