Hurricane Rita

It took roughly a dozen years, but David and Sue James finally had their day in court to seek recovery for damage caused to their home in 2005’s Hurricane Rita.

Parties selected a jury from a pool of 60 on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Jefferson County Judge Justin Sanderson’s 60th District Court and proceeded to commence a trial that lasted longer than a week to hear.

In the end, the plaintiffs won – mostly.

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Members of the 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron work through the night.

While many have a difficult time remembering individual storms that have affected Southeast Texas over the years, others have them seared into their memories forever.

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Rita struck in the dead of night Sept. 24, 2005, shrouded in darkness that would perpetuate in Southeast Texas for what felt like an eternity when hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses went lights-out.

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Ben Herman

As he climbs into his 4x4 pickup truck on a somewhat stormy Friday morning, June 13, the Park Superintendent of Sea Rim State Park, Ben Herman, made room for his passenger amid radio gear, a small bit of paperwork and an M4

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