September 25, 2006
Post-Rita overflights find moderate damage
The Coast Guard today relocated its Hurricane Rita Incident Management Team to the Hilton Hobby Hotel in Houston. Meantime, essential personnel continued conducting damage assessment of shorelines, waterways and the outer continental shelf closer to the impacted area.
Overflight assessments conducted yesterday by the Coast Guard and other federal agencies in and around Texas, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico flights showed:
These flights were just the first of many aerial and ground surveys of waterways and facilities that will take place over the next several days in Texas, Louisiana, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The Coast Guard continues to work with the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to complete full assessments of vital waterways in order to re-establish commercial vessel traffic. This traffic is vital in moving materials involved in the production of gasoline and other chemical products.
Coast Guard officials are in close contact with vessel pilots and industry in order to keep them informed as to when these waterways will reopen.