Virginia Lee of the Texas Glass Association (TGA) sent the following information
regarding the situation in Texas, post-Rita, and how members of the TGA have been
The Texas Glass Association board meeting for this Saturday, October 1, has
Rita has struck with disastrous devastation in East Texas. TGA President Vickie
Stewart was housing about 20 people who sought shelter, including two 80-year-olds.
She believes there are cities that are in total destruction. She and her group
are safe, but out of gas and have no power.
Driving nine hours to Huntsville, Texas, (normally a 1 1/2 hour drive) she
was able to get a generator to keep her household running.
There is widespread destruction in the Golden Triangle of Beaumont, Port Arthur
and Orange and areas to the north.
Currently, officials are keeping the area evacuated.
Bob Lawrence of Craftsman Fabricated Glass of Houston is working on a relief
project, but his delivery truck is not yet allowed in and he is working to define
a new plan to get to our fellow glass industry members some help.
The TGA is asking for any glass shop in the affected areas to contact the office
and let us know how we can be of assistance. We will be calling a conference call
to develop a plan on how TGA can be a helping hand in the recovery process. More
information will be provided as it becomes available.