Texas, Louisiana Mark One Year Rita Anniversary

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Hundreds marked the anniversary of Hurricane Rita Sunday with a church service in Lake Charles,

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said it's been "the longest
year of our lives."

The nondenominational service featured scriptural readings and
spirited gospel singing.

It was held in the city's civic center, which served as a staging point for aid workers after Rita hit on September 24, 2005 -- less than one month after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts.

Category 3 Rita struck south of here, along the Texas-Louisiana

Authorities say two Louisiana men were killed in the storm and
at least nine were killed in Texas.

More than 100 died in the pre-storm evacuation of Houston, in accidents and exposure deaths.