Lucky for Texas and Lousiana, Rita downgraded herself to a Category 3. She still caused plenty of damage and heartache. But Houston faired well. And Austin hasn’t even had rain!

Austin is hosting over 17,000 people who were able to evacuate. The tales of people just trying to get out of Houston will make your stomache ache. None of my friends ever made it out of the Houston area.

You can read a first hand account of trying to evacuate Houston from one of my best friends on her blog “news from outside the asylum

Now I just pray that when the next category 5 hurricane comes barreling our way that we learned enough from Rita and Katrina to keep everyone as safe as possible. Kudos to all the amazing folks who have helped people get to safety and out of the path of this storm.