Ike causes 'devastating' floods in southeast Texas

BRIDGE CITY, Texas (AP) - Officials in one southeast Texas
county say they are trying to rescue families trapped by
devastating floods from Hurricane Ike.

Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux says rescue teams in dump
trucks are plowing through deep water Saturday in a risky effort to
help families stranded on roofs and in attics.

Thibodeaux says the effort is a gamble but authorities have to do something.

He says the flooding from Ike will be worse than Hurricane Rita,
which ravaged the county near the Louisiana border in 2005.

Floodwaters are as high as 8 feet in some areas.

Thibodeaux expects it will be weeks before power is restored to
parts of the county.


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