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Seawall Saved Port Arthur from the Worst

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Seawall Saved Port Arthur from the Worst

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Seawall Saved Port Arthur from the Worst

Seawall Saved Port Arthur from the Worst

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This truck in Port Arthur was overturned by Hurricane Rita's strong winds. Paul Heltzel, NPR hide caption

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Residents in Port Arthur, Texas, are thankful there was not more destruction in their town, which took a heavy blow from Hurricane Rita when it came ashore Saturday.

With an intact seawall assuring that a catastrophe would be avoided, there was still considerable damage in the town — even the mayor's house burned, and the city will likely remain without drinking water and other basic services for weeks.