While Brazos Valley dodged the bullet of Hurricane Rita, our neighbors east of us did not. Walker and Polk County got plenty of hurricane winds and rain.
Lake Livingston was producing some sizable waves just hours after Hurricane Rita made her landfall this morning.
Nick Moore decided to leave his mobile home and sit in his van and watch the remnants of Rita.
"I've been through a lot of hurricanes, so this is not my first rodeo. I've ridden out quite a few of them," says Nick.
The wind gusts are at their strongest and are expected to last only a few hours, but that's plenty of time to cause some damage.
Signs are torn down, trees are uprooted and businesses, like one auto repair shop, saw significant damage. Police are now making their rounds.
"We're going through subdivisions and different places trying to locate people. Trees were broken down and on the houses and we're taking people to different shelters around the city. Basically, just tryign to get things back together before the 2nd part hits," says Sergaent Thomas Moore with Onalaska Police Department.
Heavy winds and rain caused mostly tree damage and debris in the residential areas in Livingston. What normally would have been a 2 hour trip from Deer Park, turned into 14 hours on the interstate for this family. Once the power went off, they had no idea what was in store.
"The noise, the pounding -- its something out of The Wizard of Oz, the house is gonna lift off. It was really bad, it was really scary," says evacuee, Dahni Bloomfield.
While winds and rain are expected to dwindle soon, the clean up has just begun.
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