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Oct. 3rd, 2005 – The Lafayette Parish school system began enrolling evacuees from Hurricane Rita on October 3rd, along with some Katrina evacuees who were forced to evacuate a second time. Parents stood in line to fill out forms at the Vermilion Conference Center on Gauthier Rd.

Photo by Beth Fertig

Sept. 30, 2005 – Louisiana's annual sugar festival was supposed to have taken place in September. But it was postponed, for the first time anyone can remember since World War II, because of Hurricane Rita. And so was the harvest. Farmers throughout coastal Louisiana are still waiting to see how badly their fields were damaged by the latest storm.

, Beth Fertig

Lafayette, LA – Army Lt. General Russel Honore speaks in Lafayette with City Parish President Joey Durel about relief efforts involving the National Guard and the military.

Lafayette, LA – Many businesses in Lafayette are closing this afternoon if they haven't already. As KRVS reporter Beth Fertig found earlier today, residents were shopping as long as they could.

Beth Fertig

Lafayette, LA – Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel with Army Lt. General Russel Honore at the press conference held earlier today at Lafayette City Hall

Sept. 22, 2005 – A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana to Port O'Conner, Texas. Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for the areas south of Port O'Conner to Port Mansfield, Texas. A Tropical Storm warning also remains in effect for the southeastern coast of Louisiana from Morgan City to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

September 22, 2005 – HURRICANE RITA FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 21
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL182005
2100Z THU SEP 22 2005

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM PORT O'CONNOR TEXAS TO MORGAN
CITY LOUISIANA. A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS
ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO
COMPLETION.

Sept. 21, 2005 – It's been over three weeks since about fourty-thousand evacuees fleeing Hurricane Katrina settled into Lafayette parish. Most are staying with friends and family, and some have moved into their own houses. Fewer than a thousand are now in the Cajundome. But many more are staying in about sixty private shelters. Duson Baptist Church is one shelter that's decided it's time to close.

Sept. 20, 2005 – The Lafayette Consolidated Parish Government meets to discuss plans for Hurricane Rita.

Sept. 19, 2005 – Lafayette Parish officials are keeping a close eye on tropical storm Rita.

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