Of everything I've seen so far, Sabine Pass was the hardest hit. It got the brunt of Hurricane Rita's winds and storm surge. Much of the town is destroyed and more homes are damaged beyond repair and will be removed.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
(Above) The Sabine Pass Post Office remains destroyed in Sabine Pass on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005. The orange spray paint indicates the building has been searched for survivors. Hurricane Rita came ashore with category three winds and a storm surge near the pass on Sept. 24, 2005.
(Above and below) Ships on Fisherman's Wharf in Sabine Pass remain stacked on one another and tangled together.
(Above) Shrimping ships on Fisherman's Wharf in Sabine Pass remain smashed into one another.
(Below) A home and its contents remain destroyed in Sabine Pass. The storm surge slammed into the walls of homes and left the roof to collapse.
(Above) A home and its contents remains destroyed in Sabine Pass. The pink notice indicates the home has been deemed uninhabitable.
(Below) John Jamroz (left) and Mike Guillot (right) remove part of a tree at the Welch Homestead in Sabine Pass. Insurance adjusters deemed the homestead a complete loss. It will be demolished. The boat in the yard belongs to a neighbor whose home was several blocks away.
Please read more about Sabine Pass' historic past during the Civil War.