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Harvey Updates: Tetanus shots available in Bridge City next week

Recovering from Harvey

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Bridge City Tetanus shots

Bridge City Mayor David Rutledge announced Wednesday Tetanus shots will be given out next Monday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Center (105 Parkside)

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Newton County road closure

FM 692 at McGraw Creek has been closed due to damage sustained during Tropical Storm Harvey, the Texas Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. Bridge expected to be closed until early 2018.

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Texas Workforce Commission gets $30 million grant from Labor Department to fund temporary jobs

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has been awarded a $30 million National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide funding to create temporary jobs for eligible individuals to assist with cleanup, recovery and humanitarian efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. These grants will be administered in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local officials in affected communities.

"Texas' most valuable resource is its people, and these grants will go a long way in getting our people back to work,” said Governor Abbott. "In this time of need, I want to make sure Texas families have what they need, as well as ensure a swift and effective recovery process, and these grants will help us accomplish both of these urgent matters.”

“We will build partnerships and offer services to assist dislocated workers, respond to the needs of Texas businesses and rebuild Texas communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “These funds will support our efforts, including those of our local workforce boards, to build and deploy a broad range of responsive strategies to meet the needs in our local communities.”

TWC has been working with local workforce development boards, known as Workforce Solutions, to determine the needs in the areas most heavily impacted by the storm. Workforce Solutions Alamo, Coastal Bend, Deep East Texas, Golden Crescent, Gulf Coast, Rural Capital Area and Southeast Texas will identify and place dislocated workers into temporary employment opportunities to assist with cleanup efforts. Disaster funds will also be used to help displaced Texans return to full employment as quickly as possible.

“As we continue our efforts to restore our communities in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters our country has ever seen, I am dedicated to ensuring our state resources and services are provided to impacted employers, individuals and communities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs.

“These funds will provide tremendous assistance to workers affected by Hurricane Harvey as we continue to assist Texans during these recovery efforts,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

For more information on disaster recovery resources from TWC or to locate a Workforce Solutions office, visit www.texasworkforce.org.

Golden Pass Products donates $1.5 million to Hurricane Harvey relief effort

Golden Pass Products, a partnership of Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil Corporation affiliates, announced Wednesday the donation of $1.5 million to assist with relief efforts in Southeast Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“We are proud to be part of this community and want to do what we can to help our employees and neighbors get back on their feet,” Sean Ryan, president of Golden Pass LNG, said. “For us, this is also personal: about 45 percent of our employees were either evacuated or have damaged homes, and when we include our employees’ immediate families, that number jumps even higher.”

In addition to the financial contribution, Golden Pass employees have contributed their time to the response effort. The employees manned rescue boats and helped more than 500 people evacuate from their homes, the company said in a news release.

“Kitchens and spare bedrooms opened to those in need, and our folks have cooked and cleaned and provided a welcome smile to relief workers across the area. I am very proud of the Golden Pass team,” Ryan said.

The Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund will be administered by the Foundation for Southeast Texas to support local recovery efforts.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for Southeast Texas, but it has also been amazing to see the community come together to help each other and demonstrate the strength we’ll need to recover, ,” Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said. Golden Pass has helped in every phase, from emergency response planning to search and rescue. This incredibly generous and locally focused donation is both needed and appreciated by the citizens of Jefferson County."

Golden Pass has also supported the development of a website (www.SETXrecovery.com) and Facebook page (@SETXRecovery) to help focus national relief attention on the southeast Texas area.

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Shelters open as of Sept. 13

  • City of Sour Lake Community Center Hardin County 250 N. Ann St. Sour Lake, TX 77659
  • Thomas Jefferson Middle School Jefferson 2200 Jefferson Dr, Port Arthur, TX 77642
  • Sterling Pruitt Activity Center Jefferson 2930 Gulf St, Beaumont, TX 77703
  • Nacogdoches Expo and Civic Center Nacogdoches 3805 NW Stallings Dr. Nacogdoches, TX 75964

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American Red Cross Mobile Routes: Emergency Cleanup Supplies

Jefferson County

Beaumont

1645 Linnsway area, Beaumont, TX

Pine St, Beaumont, TX

City of Bevil Oaks

Port Arthur / Nederland

Mockingbird Ln, 7th St, 5th St, Port Arthur, TX

Orange County

Orange

Orange County area

Hardin

Lumberton

Old Walmart by Dollar General in Silsbee

Taft Rd

Village Creek Pkway (if accessible)

Nacogdoches

Tyler

Woodville

Barlow Lake Estates

Jasper

Village of Buna

Village of Buna

Feeding

Beaumont

Fixed Feeding Site (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm) - 855 E Lavaca St, Beamont, TX

Fixed Feeding Site (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm) - Calvary Baptist, 395 Fletcher Rd, Beaumont TX

Mobile Feeding (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm) - Northwest Forest Hwy 105 and Tram Rd, Beaumont TX

Mobile feeding (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm)- Willis Rd, Major Rd crosses 105, Beaumont Tx

Mobile Feeding (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm)- City of Bevil Oaks

Mobile Feeding (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm)- Cathedral of Grace, 835 McFaddin, Beaumont TX

Mobile Feeding (Lunch) - Old Voth Rd (behind 1168 BD), Beaumont TX

Mobile Feeding (Lunch) - Cooks Lake Rd (behind 1098 BD), Beaumont, TX

Mobile Feeding (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm) - Keith Rd to Greeves Ave, Beaumont TX

Mobile Feeding (Lunch 11:00am -1:30pm) - 1-10 south of Phelan, Beaumont, TX

Mobile Feeding - Tyrrell Park/Fannett-Green Acres, Beaumont TX

Port Arthur / Nederland

Fixed Feeding site - 2689 65th St Shepherds Inn, 104 San Jacinto, 3007 10th St, 8691 West Port Arthur Rd, Port Arthur, TX

Orange

Vidor

Fixed Feeding Site - 350 N Main St, Vidor, TX

Orange

Fixed Feeding Site - Market Basket, 3709 N 16th St, Orange TX

Fixed Feeding site - Orangefield High Schoo, 10058 FM 105, Orange, TX

Fixed Feeding Site - Pinehurst City Council, 2497 MLK Jr Dr, Orange TX

Fixed Feeding Site - Orange City Library, 220 5th St, Orange TX

Mobile Feeding - Rose City border and Orange and Jefferson Counties

Hardin

Sour Lake

Mobile Feeding - 250 N. Ann Street, Sour Lake, TX

Lumberton

Mobile Feeding - Keith Rd, Lumberton

Mobile Feeding - 387 W Walton, Lumberton, TX

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Beaumont Craft Beer Fest rescheduled for Nov. 5

Due to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, which greatly impacted Southeast Texas residents, brewery partners, and regional beer distributors, the Beaumont Craft Beer Fest has been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Downtown Event Centre in Beaumont (700 Crockett Street).

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced the launch of https://www.rebuildtexas.today/, a real-time information resource for local officials in the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey, by the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas.

The website will provide the most current and reliable information on state and federal resources available for the rebuilding of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools and government buildings, according to the governor.

Through the website and along with the commission’s response teams located in each affected county, Abbott says local officials will be provided with real-time recovery information, assistance in navigating state and federal resources, and access to the expertise of state agencies.

“We are working diligently to ensure local officials get everything they need for their communities as quickly as possible,” Abbott said in a news release. “We will act swiftly and cut through red tape to rebuild the Gulf Coast region even stronger than before. And we will improve the lives of all Texans by ensuring the continuing economic pre-eminence of the Lone Star State.”

The governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas is led by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. The commission is overseeing the response and relief effort between the state and local governments. The commission will also be involved in the rebuilding process, focusing on restoring roads, bridges, schools and government buildings in impacted communities.

“We will work closely with local officials, including mayors, county judges, school superintendents and others, to make sure their concerns are heard and their needs are met,” Commissioner Sharp said. "We’ve been through hurricanes before in the state of Texas, but this one is personal to me having grown up in the Gulf Coast region. Whatever it takes, we will get it done."

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Education hotline set up for parents in Houston, Beaumont

Abbott also announced the expansion of a telephone hotline by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for parents in the Beaumont and Houston areas to receive information regarding public education for students affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"Texas is working hard to make sure students in communities affected by Harvey are getting back in school as quickly as possible," said Governor Abbott. "This hotline will serve as a helpful tool for victims of the storm to receive the most up to date information for their child's education. I thank Commissioner Morath and the Texas Education Agency for their work to ensure the students of the hardest hit areas of Texas are well taken care of in their time of need."

Parents can get information on public education options for their student by calling (512) 463-9603. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day including weekends.

Facilities in several Beaumont and Houston area school districts were heavily damaged by flood waters and may not be in operation for some time. The hotline is designed to assist families with their questions about enrolling in another school district.

TEA has also established a central resource page on its website to share information specifically for parents. To view the Hurricane Harvey Parent Resource Page, visit http://tea.texas.gov/HarveyParentResources/.

This previously announced hotline continues to be available for other regions of the state including the Corpus Christi and Victoria areas.

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Tuesday, Sept. 12

9:45 a.m. - The Tide Loads of Hope Truck is making its way through Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Today (Sept. 12) up to 100 loads of laundry per day will be collected from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Beaumont residents at Lowe's (4120 Dowlen Road). This is two loads per household.

9:50 a.m. - Port Arthur mayor says displaced residents to be put on barges

10:06 a.m. - Comptroller's Office extends tax deadline in counties affected by hurricane damage

Most businesses in federally declared disaster areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will be granted a 30-day extension to file August and quarterly sales and use tax reports, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced Tuesday.

The extension is for taxpayers not required to file electronic tax returns. Taxpayers aren’t required to report electronically if they paid less than $50,000 in sales and use tax in the preceding state fiscal year (Sept. 1 to Aug. 31). Taxpayers who aren’t required to report electronically but choose to do so will also receive the automatic extension. Taxpayers who are required to report electronically may request an extension.

Monthly sales and use tax filers not required to file electronically will have until Oct. 20 to file their August monthly report, which is normally due Sept. 20. Those taxpayers therefore will have two monthly reports, for August and September, due on the same date.

Quarterly sales and use tax filers not required to file electronically will have until Nov. 20 to file their July-August-September report normally due Oct. 20. The October-November-December quarterly report remains due on Jan. 20.

The Comptroller’s office will evaluate whether additional filing periods may be eligible for extensions as due dates approach.

Hegar also announced that 2017 franchise tax reports with valid extensions to Nov. 15 will be granted an automatic extension to Jan. 5 for businesses located in counties affected by the hurricane. Businesses located in these federally declared disaster counties do not need to request the extension for their franchise tax reports.

For more information or to request a tax filing extension, call the Comptroller's toll-free tax assistance line in Austin at 800-252-5555, or go to the Comptroller’s website for answers to frequently asked questions.

10:25 a.m. - Due to water damage, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has been relocated to the Orange County Expo and Convention Center. The patrol, investigative, and support/civil/records divisions are located in inner offices and are not accessible to the public at this time.

If you need to file an offense report, call 409-882-7926 and a deputy will respond to your location.

For general information or to speak to someone in the patrol, investigative, or support division call 409-883-2612 and you will be transferred to the correct person or a message will be taken and your call will be returned.

Call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency.

For sex offender registry, call 409-670-4115. You will have to make an appointment to register or update any information.

As dedicated phone lines for specific divisions become available, they will be published. Orange County officials are asking for patience during this transition.

10:48 a.m. - Please look below for feeding and cleanup supply routes and fixed sites for Sept.12

Lunch at fixed sites will be served from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Mobile Routes: Emergency Cleanup Supplies

Orange County Red Cross, 3901 I-10, Orange, TX

Rose City Hall, 370 Rose City Dr, Vidor, TX

Hardin County: Lumberton, Cooks Lake Road, Taft Road, Mitchell Road, and Keith Road

Tyler County: Woodville, Barlow Lake Estates

Jefferson County: Lavaca Street, Beaumont; Tram Road, Beaumont; for Port Arthur/Nederland: 4th Street, Port Arthur

Feeding

Fixed feeding site - 350 N Main Street in Vidor

Fixed feeding site - Market Basket, 3709 N 16th Street in Orange

Fixed feeding site - Orangefield High School, 10058 FM 105 in Orange

Fixed feeding site - Pinehurst City Council, 2497 MLK Jr Drive in Orange

Fixed feeding site - Orange City Library, 220 5th Street in Orange

Mobile Feeding - Rose City border and Orange and Jefferson Counties

Hardin County

Sour Lake

Fixed Feeding site - 250 N. Ann Street in Sour Lake

Mobile Feeding - Keith Road in Lumberton

Mobile Feeding - 387 W Walton, Lumberton, TX

Beaumont

Fixed Feeding Site (Lunch) - 855 E Lavaca Street

Fixed Feeding Site (Lunch) - Calvary Baptist, 395 Fletcher Road

Mobile Feeding (Lunch) - Northwest Forest Hwy 105 and Tram Rd, Beaumont

Mobile feeding (Lunch)- Willis Rd, Major Rd crosses 105, Beaumont

Mobile Feeding (Lunch)- Bevil Oaks

Mobile Feeding (Lunch)- Cathedral of Grace, Beaumont

Mobile Feeding (Lunch) - Old Voth Rd (behind 1168 BD), Beaumont

Mobile Feeding (Lunch) - Cooks Lake Rd (behind 1098 BD), Beaumont

Mobile Feeding (Lunch) - Keith Rd to Greeves Ave, Beaumont

1-10 south of Phelan, Beaumont

Mobile Feeding - Tyrrell Park/Fannett-Green Acres, Beaumont

Port Arthur / Nederland

Fixed Feeding site - 2689 65th St Shepherds Inn, 104 San Jacinto, 3007 10th St, 8691 West Port Arthur Rd, Port Arthur, TX

Find Chambers County Harvey disaster information here:

1:39 p.m.: The countywide curfew in Orange County is lifted.

2:35 p.m.: Abbott proclaims Sept. 12 "Hand in Hand Day" ahead of telethon featuring host of celebrities

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday issued a proclamation officially designating Sept. 12 “Hand In Hand Day” in the state.

The governor announced the proclamation at a press conference in San Antonio this afternoon to promote the Hand in Hand Telethon featuring Houston native Beyoncé, Port Arthur native Bun B, Oprah, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Chris Stapleton and several other musical artists.

Funds raised from the telethon will go to several organizations including the Rebuild Texas Fund, which was established by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the OneStar Foundation, Abbott said.

“Texans are known for their can-do spirit and generous hospitality,” Abbott writes in his proclamation. “In devastating events such as Hurricane Harvey, we see the true nature of Texans on full display. But there is even more we can do. Now that the rescues are over, the response must continue. It is my pleasure to commend the many musicians and individuals involved in this event for their efforts. Through the proceeds raised, we will rebuild the Lone Star State and make it greater than ever before.”

In addition to the proclamation, Governor Abbott will participate in the Hand in Hand Telethon to raise funds for victims of both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Telethon will be broadcast across the nation on Facebook live this evening.

4:44 p.m.: All Orange County court dockets cancelled until further notice

Due to the damage that the Orange County Courthouse received, all Orange County court dockets are cancelled until further notice. This includes the county and district courts listed below.

  • 128th District Court, Judge Courtney Arkeen
  • 163rd District Court, Judge Dennis Powell
  • 260th District Court, Judge Buddie Hahn
  • County Court at Law, Judge Troy Johnson
  • County Court at Law #2, Judge Mandy White-Rogers

If you have a case pending in one of the above listed courts, you should remain in contact with your attorney and/or bondsman for information or reset notices.

5:30 p.m.: Disaster recovery center to open in Jefferson County

A state of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will open Wednesday, Sept. 13 in Jefferson County in the city of Beaumont.

Disater recovery centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in 39 counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent floods.

Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the State and other agencies will be at the center to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application. The new center is at the following location:

The former Goodwill Building

3871 Stagg Drive, Unit 166

Beaumont TX 77701

Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster assistance employees are committed to helping businesses and residents rebuild as quickly as possible. SBA representatives are available to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program and help business owners and residents apply to SBA.

Disaster recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

If possible, homeowners, renters and businesses should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Eligible residents may register for assistance the following ways:

• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

• Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

• Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit: fema.gov/mobile-app.

The following information is helpful when registering:

• Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).

• Current mailing address.

• Current telephone number.

• Insurance information.

• Total household annual income.

• Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).

• A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Disaster survivors can visit any of the centers for assistance. Locations of other recovery centers are online at www.fema.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Dewitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Refugio, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Waller, Walker and Wharton counties may be eligible for help.


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