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Mail Call, Come Rain, Sleet, Snow...or Hurricane

Updated: 09/26/2005 - Since the postal service shut down Friday and Saturday in anticipation of Hurricane Rita, there's a bit of a backup when it comes to your letters and packages. USPS is working hard to correct it.

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Sims Assesses Storm Preps

Updated: 09/27/2005 - As evacuees continue to make their way back to their homes, the analysis is underway. While everyone was working for the same goal, there's always things to improve on, according to one top official.

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Stores Rush to Restock Items

Updated: 09/27/2005 - If you've been to the grocery store over the past few days, you've no doubt seen lots of empty shelves. But the end of Rita doesn't mean the end of grocery shortages.

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Avoid Rita Phone Scams

Updated: 09/26/2005 - The government has put out a list of tips to help victims of Hurricaine Rita avoid phone scams.

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Residents Evacuated to Make Dam Repairs

Updated: 09/25/2005 - Several East Texas subdivisions were evacuated of hundreds of residents over the weekend amid fears that water being released from a lake could flood their homes.

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School Openings and Closings

Updated: 09/25/2005 - Many Brazos Valley schools were opened as shelters for Hurricane Rita evacuees. But with the glancing blow the storm delivered to the area, that means many schools will reopen Monday. However, there are some that will remain closed.

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First Official Return Day For Many

Updated: 09/25/2005 - Many evacuees have the "OK" to return home according to the State's staggered return plan. However, some evacuees say the experience was not bad.

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Heavy Winds & Rain at Lake Livingston

Updated: 09/24/2005 - 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.

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Tx DOT Re-Entry Plan for Rita Evacuees

Updated: 09/26/2005 - State officials have planned a scheduled return for motorists to the Houston area beginning Sunday. Residents are asked to please adhere to this return schedule to help ease traffic and allow emergency and clean-up personnel time to get into the area first.

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Coast Hammered, Brazos Valley Spared by Rita

Updated: 09/24/2005 - Hurricane Rita plowed into the Gulf Coast early Saturday, lashing Texas and Louisiana with driving rain, threatening to flood low-lying regions and knocking power out to half a million people as transformers exploded in the pre-dawn sky.

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Reed Arena Revamps Child Care Facility

Updated: 09/23/2005 - There is a great need for volunteers to work with children. At Reed Arena, an unexpected surge of families has the facility's child care team struggling to keep up.

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Area Hurricane Shelters Full

Updated: 09/23/2005 - All Bryan/College Station hurricane shelters are full. There are more than 6,800 evacuees in 32 shelters throughout the twin cities.

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More Volunteers Needed

Updated: 09/23/2005 - 2,000 Brazos Valley volunteers stepped up to help with hurricane Katrina a few weeks ago, and officials hope they'll do the same thing for Rita now. With the overwhelming number of evacuees, volunteers are needed now more than ever to staff the shelters.

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Brazos County Shelters at Capacity

Updated: 09/23/2005 - Brazos County shelters are full and officials are turning evacuees away. Around 5:30 pm Thursday nearly 3,500 evacuees were in Bryan/ College Station and officials say they cannot accommodate anymore.

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BBB Corrects Scam Alert

Updated: 09/23/2005 - The Better Business Bureau warned of a fund raising scam involving coupon books on September 15. Turns out there was some miscommunication and the coupon books are legitimate.

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Special Report: Hurricane Rita

Updated: 07/30/2012 - Hurricane Rita moved on shore early this morning. News 3 has compiled information on shelters, traffic, safety tips, checklists, and more that will keep you informed.

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Rita Evacuees' Bus Explodes

Updated: 09/23/2005 - A bus filled with Hurricane Rita evacuees caught fire early this morning along a gridlocked I-45 near Wilmer.

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Making Your Home Safe When Rita Visits

Updated: 09/22/2005 - Preparing your home for the winds and rain of Hurricane Rita is crucial. However dangerous the storm ends up, there is still the chance for structural damage.

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New West Nile Cases Include Human

Updated: 09/22/2005 - West Nile continues to rear its ugly head in Brazos County. Mosquitoes, a bird, and the second human of the season have been infected with the disease.

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Hurricane Rita Similar to Carla

Updated: 09/23/2005 - It is still hard to say what effects Rita will have on the Brazos Valley. A similar storm more than 40 years ago is offering forecasters an idea of what may happen.

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Accused Mental Health Patient Committed

Updated: 09/21/2005 - An 18 year old accused of attacking an elderly Bryan woman is incompetent to stand trial. That's according to a court-appointed mental health expert.

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Rita Nears the Texas Coast

Updated: 09/22/2005 - Traffic came to a standstill and gas shortages were reported Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people in the Houston metropolitan area rushed to get out of the path of Hurricane Rita, a monster storm with 165 mph winds.

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