Seawall Saved Port Arthur from the Worst

This truck in Port Arthur was overturned by Hurricane Rita's strong winds.

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.

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