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Rita's impact, city by city

Flooding and power outages plague Texas and Louisiana



Houston (Texas)

(CNN) -- No deaths from Hurricane Rita have been reported in Louisiana or Texas, but early damage assessments are emerging as emergency officials gain access to affected areas:


  • Baytown -- The water treatment plant is out of service but there are about 4.5 million gallons in reserve. Power lines and poles are down, and the city is littered with storm debris.
  • Beaumont -- A 17-year-old was hit by a falling tree and injured. 11 other injuries reported. A restaurant is damaged, there is debris on the streets, but no major flooding. The Country Village Apartments suffered structural and water damage, but everyone got out safely.(See the damage in Beaumont - 4:06)
  • Galveston -- Two historic residences and a commercial building burned. One building destroyed. A restaurant wall collapsed. Wind blew off the roof of a multi-story hotel downtown. The Galveston Daily News, which lost part of its roof, reports that a woman was severely burned and a firefighter received a minor eye injury. (Watch the Galveston fires -- 1:15)
  • Houston -- Two fires, widespread power outage, a flooded subdivision and a store with roof damage. Most of the damage downtown is related to wind and broken glass.
  • Lumberton -- Some flooding and damage to homes. Trees down. Downed power lines are preventing police from rescuing a couple trapped in their home.
  • Pasadena -- Fire at a Family Dollar store spread to an AutoZone store.
  • Port Arthur-- Damage reported at two major oil refineries owned by Shell Oil and Valero Energy. Streets in the city center are 2 to 3 feet under water. Phones out. Trees down. Widespread wind damage. Levees holding. A roof blew off a church.
  • Texas City -- No reports of damage at this point.

  • New Orleans -- Parts of the 9th Ward under 8 feet of water; 150-foot gap in the Industrial Canal levee. Much of the city is dry, except for some rain water. (See the latest on the levees -- 2:04)
  • Lake Charles -- Significant damage to airport, including hangars, cell tower. Conoco Philips is assessing damage to its 239,000 barrel-a-day refinery, and loose barges struck and damaged the I-10 bridge over the Calcasieu River. Trees down. Major wind damage, flooding at Harrah's casino and low-lying areas. Storm surge poses a problem, and rising lake water rise could threaten downtown. At least one pumping station appears to not be working. Dozens of boats destroyed. Several people have minor injuries. (Watch a report on the dusk-to-dawn curfew -- 3:00)
  • Acadia Parish -- Power lines and trees toppled. Trees on houses. Wind and water damage.
  • Calcasieu Parish -- Homes damaged by falling trees. Roads blocked. Cell phones down. A building is on fire in Vinton. A firefighter was injured when he was kicked in the head by a horse. Power is out everywhere. The recreation center's roof tore off, and fallen trees damaged homes. Floodwaters are also rising in Westlake. Also, see Lake Charles.
  • Cameron Parish -- Phones down.
  • Evangeline Parish -- Heavy winds, no damage assessment yet.
  • Iberia Parish -- In bad shape.
  • Jefferson Davis Parish -- Flooding, extensive damage, looting, and no power or water in Jennings. Residents trapped, with crews unable to get to them. Many downtown businesses damaged.
  • Lafayette Parish -- Roads blocked by fallen trees. Some power outages in city of Lafayette and parish. The Vermilion River through Lafayette is running north, instead of south, due to heavy storm surge.
  • Terrebonne Parish -- Crews in boats and helicopters rescuing people. Seven to eight feet of water throughout the parish.
  • Vermilion Parish -- Widespread flooding in the low-lying areas of Vermilion and Cameron. The Vermilion River is very high. Downed trees and power outages. Search and rescue under way for as many as 1,000 people who did not follow mandatory evacuation orders. Abbeville's mayor said a couple hundred had already been rescued. Eight feet of water reported south of Erath. City of Delcambre is under water after getting 2 to 4 inches of rain an hour when the storm stalled. (Watch a report on the hundreds of people rescued -- 3:18)

  • Slemco (Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Cooperative) -- More than two-thirds of its 86,000 customers without power.
  • Cleco Corporation -- 80,000 customers without power.
  • Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative -- No service to all 10,300 customers.
  • Entergy Corporation -- More than 832,000 customers without power, including many who have not had power since Hurricane Katrina.
  • Center Point Energy -- More than 450,000 customers without power.
  • CNN's Rick Sanchez, Sanjay Gupta, Mark Biello, Marsha Walton, Stacia Deshishku, Julian Cummings, Ali Velshi and Drew Trachtenberg contributed to this report.

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