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CITGO Lake Charles Refinery

In the Eye of the Forgotten

Our Story of Hurricane Rita 10th Anniversary

In 2005, when Hurricane Rita spun toward Louisiana, CITGO Lake Charles employees braced for the worst. The refinery shut down for the first time in its history. Employees of CITGO Lake Charles pulled together amid loss, destruction, and chaos to tackle a monumental task: taking care of each other and the community they call home. The events at CITGO Lake Charles leading up to and throughout Hurricane Rita are recounted in a new book and video documentary now available: In the Eye of the Forgotten Storm. The book is part of a series of initiatives that CITGO has embarked on in commemoration of the 10th anniversaries of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It celebrates the recovery of not only CITGO Lake Charles but also Southwest Louisiana. From shutting down output of 425,000 barrels per day of refined products, to the arrival of 500 FEMA trailers to house employees on site, to providing healthcare to employees despite limited supplies, the team at CITGO Lake Charles recovered among unprecedented challenges. They dealt with their own devastated homes and communities while they brought the refinery back online. CITGO Lake Charles was the first refinery in the area to resume operations after Hurricane Rita, fueling first responders, local communities and the nation.

In the Eye of the Forgotten Storm, with video documentary, is available through and coming soon to local bookstores.

Remembering Rita

October 2015 Š2015 CITGO Petroleum Corporation

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