Cleanup Time Following Hurricane Rita

September 26, 2005 - Posted at 7:32 a.m. CDT

PERRY, LA - Traffic is heavy north of Houston as people return to the city following Hurricane Rita.

In southern Louisiana, people are boating across floodwaters to see if the storm wrecked their homes.  One man says his "little piece of paradise" on the edge of a bayou is gone.

Cameron Parish and Vermilion Parish were hit hard.  Police say 1,000 people were rescued in Vermilion Parish.  Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco says there's hardly anything left of Cameron's fishing villages.

Two deaths have been blamed on the storm.

One petrochemical plant is looking at weeks of repairs.  The storm didn't cause major damage to the industry.

The cleanup and draining of New Orleans, delayed for a few days by Rita, is resuming.

And LSU tonight plays its first home game of the college football season in Baton Rouge.  Tennessee is the visitor.

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