Posted: Jun 14, 2011 8:52 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - A U.S. flag that survived Hurricane Rita no longer flutters in the Texas wind but instead is on display in a special tribute case.
Charlie Snoek of Beaumont says he found his flag tangled on its pole after Rita blew through Texas and into Louisiana in September 2005.
The Beaumont Enterprise reported Tuesday, on Flag Day, that it took Snoek four days to untangle his battered flag. The director of a nutrition center says he used pencils and knitting needles to undo the knots.
Snoek then pinned the remnants together and placed the reconstituted flag in a display case. He now proudly displays his reclaimed flag indoors.
Snoek says he learned a lesson about flags and storms, taking down another U.S. banner before Hurricane Ike slammed Texas in 2008.