Generators purchased with disaster recovery funds awarded as a result of Hurricane Rita are keeping two small shelters and at least one rural hospital operational in rural counties declared disasters following Hurricane Ike.

Tyler County Hospital (Woodville Hospital) in the City of Woodville is operating thanks to a 900 kw generator purchased with a disaster recovery grant from the Office of Rural Community Affairs.

The City of Point Blank in Polk County also is also running a generator funded by an ORCA Hurricane Rita grant. More than 50 people gathered today at Point Blank’s small shelter to cook food, and use the ice machine and air conditioning, said Point blank Mayor Lillian Bratton.

A special needs shelter in Lufkin (Angelina County) was also running on a 600 kw generator funded by Hurricane Rita disaster recovery funds from ORCA.

Bayside Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Chambers County, is powered by a generator. The hospital had no phone service as of Sept. 15, 2008 and the community’s rural clinic was destroyed by Hurricane Ike.

In addition, five other rural hospitals were operating on generators as they waited for power to be restored in their area.
These hospitals include Grimes St. Joseph (Grimes County), Madison St. Joseph (Madison County), Memorial Medical Center (Polk County), and ETMC Trinity (Trinity County).

As the state agency dedicated solely to rural Texas, ORCA makes the broad resources of state government more accessible to rural communities. ORCA was created by the 77th Legislature to ensure a continuing focus on rural issues, monitor governmental actions affecting rural Texas, research problems and recommend solutions, and administer rural-focused state and federal resources. ORCA is the federally designated Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP). For more information, visit ORCA online at