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Harvey updates: Orange County offices opening, Beaumont gets its water back

Flooding from Little Cypress flooding

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SATURDAY, Sept. 9

Mauriceville lifts boil water notice

Mauriceville has lifted its boil water notice.

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CITY OF NEDERLAND additional information released Sept. 15:

On Thursday, Sept. 7th, the Harvey debris clean-up began. Initially, the focus is on the most heavily impacted areas. DRC, the City’s debris removal company, needs you to place your debris out on city right-of-way as close to the road as possible. In order to ensure that debris is picked up as quickly as possible, it is necessary to have materials separated. The debris should be placed in separate piles as follows:

1. Green Waste (limbs, tree branches, log, leaves, and vegetation);

2. Spoiled Food and Household Garbage;

3. Construction Debris (drywall, lumber, carpet, and furniture);

4. Appliances;

5. Electronics; and

6. Household Hazardous Materials

DRC will not pick-up debris placed in black garbage bags. The City recognizes that separation of debris may be an inconvenience, however, State and Federal laws/requirements must be met. In addition, vehicles parked in front of debris piles may prevent the contractor from picking up that location.

FEMA has notified the City that an inspection of debris is NOT A FEMA REQUIREMENT; they suggest homeowners take photos for their insurance or NFIP.

We ask for your cooperation and patience to complete the debris clean-up. If you have any questions about debris removal, DRC has set-up a Customer Hotline at (888) 721-4372. The City can be reached at 723-1541. The City Manager’s office can be reached at 723-1503.

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HARDIN-JEFFERSON ISD additional information released Sept. 15:

HJISD Students Return to class on September 19, 2017

Hardin-Jefferson ISD students will start back to school on Tuesday, September 19th, at normal school hours. Faculty and staff will return to campus on Monday, September 18th. Bell Schedule: HS 7:55-3:10; CE 7:55-3:25; SLE 7:55-3:15.

Henderson Middle School 6th grade students will be split between Sour Lake Elementary and China Elementary. If you reside in Hardin County, your child will go to Sour Lake Elementary. If you reside in Jefferson County he/she will go to China Elementary.

Henderson MS 7th and 8th graders will all go to Hardin-Jefferson High School. All elementary students will go to their regular campus.

Transportation:

We will have two pick up points in Beaumont for displaced students. One will be at Ritter Lumber on Hwy 105 and the other will be at Beaumont Municipal Athletic Complex on College Street.

Displaced students attending Sour Lake Elementary will need to ride the bus located at Ritter Lumber. Bus #31 will arrive at the pick up location at 6:25am and depart for school at 6:55am. Busses will arrive for afternoon drop off at 4:00pm and stay until 4:30pm. Students not picked up will be returned to the HJISD Transportation Facility.

Displaced students attending China Elementary will need to ride the bus located at the Beaumont Municipal Complex. Bus #32 will arrive at the pick up location at 6:25am and depart for school at 6:55am. Busses will arrive for afternoon drop off at 4:15pm and stay until 4:45pm. Students not picked up will be returned to the HJISD Transportation Facility.

Middle School and High School students can ride either bus.

All other students will be picked up and dropped off by their normal route bus.

Please call our Transportation Departments with any questions you have at 409-287-2929

We look forward to seeing all our students and staff next week.

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Texas Gov. Abbott comes to Beaumont

Governor Greg Abbott, Commissioner John Sharp of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas, and heads of state agencies met with local officials at the Beaumont Municipal Court on Saturday.

From the governor's office:

Governor Greg Abbott, Commissioner John Sharp of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas, and heads of state agencies today met with local officials in Beaumont, TX to discuss the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey and how the Commission can assist in the rebuilding and recovery effort. During the meeting, Governor Abbott and Commissioner Sharp received an extensive update on the needs in Beaumont area, and spoke with local leaders on how the Commission will assist in helping affected communities.
"There is no doubt that the Beaumont area has suffered terrible devastation brought on by this storm, but the people are optimistic and strong as they begin the recovery process," said Governor Abbott. "I am proud of the commitment by the Commission to help Texas victims and their communities, and look forward to our continued work with local officials in these areas. We will not rest until Texas has made a full recovery."
Today’s visit was the final stop of a three-day, five-city trip by Governor Abbott, Commissioner Sharp and leaders from state agencies to communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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Tekoa Academy to begin Monday, Sept. 11

Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies T-STEM School 327 Thomas Boulevard. Port Arthur will begin school Monday, Sept. 11.

Buses will run at regular time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at 409 982 5400. The office will be open Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

The school uniform policy has been temporarily suspended.

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Orange County offices slowly resume normal business

Orange County Transportation will begin limited services on Monday, Sept. 11 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for residents with necessary needs such as going to medical appointments or the grocery store.

Tuesday, September 12th the county will begin opening offices not impacted by the storm to the public. All offices in the Administration Building located at 123 S. 6th Street will open. These offices include the Tax Office, County Judge’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, the Auditor’s Office, Social Services and Human Resources.

The County Clerk’s Office and the District Clerk’s office will be the only offices in the Courthouse to resume normal hours on Tuesday.

Other county offices that will be resuming business on Tuesday are Purchasing Department, Elections, Veteran’s Office, Justice of the Peace Pct. 3, Juvenile Probation office in Orange, Environmental Health/Code Compliance, and the UTMB clinic. The Vidor Tax Office will be opening Tuesday also.

Adult Probation in Orange will open their offices Wednesday, Sept. 13.

As other County offices open, the public will be notified.

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Beaumont city manager: Boil water notice lifted, but 'people are suffering'

After eight days without drinkable water, the boil water notice in the city of Beaumont has been lifted by the state's environmental agency as of Saturday at 1:11 p.m.

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Bridge City curfew, post office, debris collection

The curfew hours are now 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.

The Bridge City post office is open normal hours (Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.). Mayor David Rutledge said it will take some time for all the mail to be sorted and delivered and asked for residents to be patient with the postal service until normal volume rates are reached again.

Debris should be piled on the house-side of the ditch, as far away from gas and water meters as possible, Rutledge said. The city is working with FEMA on debris collection and Rutledge said further details are hopefully available soon.

Also, for the benefit of city employees and contractors coming into the city, citizens should make certain their home addresses are easily read from the street.

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The city of Beaumont narrowed down its water distribution from three sites to one, but this is no longer necessary with the city's water quality now approved by the state.

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FRIDAY, Sept. 8

Orange County contractors, construction permits

All contractors must get a county license to do any work on flood-damaged homes in the unincorporated areas of Orange County. Before hiring a contractor, please ask to see their “county license” or call the county at 409-745-1463 after Monday, September 11th to verify that the contractor is licensed. Beware of contractors requiring large payments before any work is completed.

Construction permits are required for all residents in flood zone areas. Permits will not be issued until FEMA required inspections have been completed. Residents will be informed when the inspections begin.

Permits in non-flood zone areas are also required. It is recommended that the moisture content on the studs be checked before a permit is issued.

Permit fees will be waived for construction due to damage from Hurricane Harvey.

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Orange County mosquito abatement

Following requests for assistance, the Texas Department of State Health Services has agreed to provide aerial spray treatments to Orange County and others areas along the Texas Gulf Coast in an effort to help combat the high levels of mosquito activity and the threat to public health following Hurricane Harvey.

The State will be working with the DOD, Clarke Mosquito Control and Dynamic Aviation to provide aerial spray treatments to Orange, Jefferson and Chambers counties in addition to others areas along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Spray treatments are tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday, September 10th in Orange, Jefferson and Chambers County’s. A military C-130 will be used to treat these areas. Aerial spray treatments will be carried-out beginning at dusk and into the evening hours. Insecticide to be used does not pose a threat to public health or animals. Beekeepers are being notified and need to be aware of the scheduled treatments so that they have the opportunity to either move their hives or cover them prior to treatment, if they choose to do so.

The mosquitoes which are causing high levels of nuisance to area recovery workers, residents and animals fall within the flood water group and do not transmit disease. However, because mosquito densities are so high, we cannot completely rule out the presence of some mosquito species, within those numbers, having the ability to transmit disease.

With mosquito populations high in the county, residents need to take personal protective measures when outdoors to protect themselves from mosquito bites. One of the first lines of defense against mosquito bites and exposure to mosquito-borne diseases is the use of EPA approved repellants containing products like DEET or picaridin when mosquito activity is present.

Other personal protective measures to reduce exposure to mosquitoes are moving indoors at dust and dawn when many mosquito species are most active, wearing light colored loose fitting clothing as a physical barrier from the mosquito and draining standing water from property.

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Free Tetanus shots in Chambers County

Monday, September 11:

5PM - 7PM East Chambers Junior High School

1931 TX-124

Winnie, TX 77665

Tuesday, September 12:

5PM - 7PM Whites Park Community Building

222 White Park Rd

Wallisville, TX 77597

Wednesday, September 13:

5PM - 7PM Barbers Hill Middle School - South

7579 Eagle Drive

Mont Belvieu, TX 77523

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FEMA registration intake in Chambers County

The following FEMA Registration Intake Centers will be at the following locations on the following times in Chambers County:

Date: Saturday Sept. 9 (9a-1P) Monday 9/11 & Tuesday 9/12 (10a-7P)

Chambers County Library, Anahuac

202 Cummings Street

Anahuac, TX 77514

Date: Wednesday 9/13 (8a-5P) Thursday 9/14 (10a-7P) Friday 9/15 (8a-5P)

Juanita Hargraves memorial Branch Library, Winnie

924 Highway 124

Winnie, TX 77514

Date: Saturday 9/16 (9a-1P) Monday 9/18 ( 8a-5P) Tuesday 9/19 (8a-7P)

Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library, Mont Belvieu

1 John Hall Dr.

Mont Belvieu, TX 77580

Date: Wednesday 9/20 & Thursday 9/21 & Friday 9/22 and Monday 9/25 and Tuesday 9/26 (8 a-5P)

Cedar Bayou Annex

7711 SH146

Baytown, TX 77523

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Restrictions on vessel traffic at Port of Port Arthur could be lifted this weekend

Port officials anticipate that all restrictions on vessel traffic may be lifted this weekend.

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Rainbow Bridge closes again

At this time, the Rainbow Bridge on SH 73 between Bridge City and Port Arthur is closed due to water at the foot of the bridge. Since the water levels at the Neches river continue to fluctuate, the Rainbow Bridge will remain closed until water has receded off the roadway.

To avoid traffic delays on SH 73, motorists are encouraged to use Interstate 10. All eastbound and westbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 are open in Jefferson and Orange counties.

Water over the roadway remains a safety concern for many areas in Southeast Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety reminds motorists to avoid flooded roadways and turn around, don’t drown.

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At 9 a.m., three bottled water distribution points will be open at 2445 Concord Road (Babe Zaharias Memorial Stadium), 3443 Fannett Road (Ozen High School), and 8750 Phelan (Westbrook High School).

Each Vehicle will receive bottled water. At this time, a box of MREs and a bag of ice are also being given out while supplies last. The distribution sites will operate until 7 p.m.

Here are a few things you can do to help make things run more efficient when you arrive at the POD:

1. Drivers- Put down your cell phone. We need your full attention to be on following the instructions of personnel.

2. Roll down your drivers side window so you can hear instructions from personnel.

3. Supplies will be given from the passenger side of the vehicle so, either roll down passenger windows or pop your trunk.

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The city of Beaumont anticipates opening all city offices Monday, Sept. 11

At this time the only offices open are:

Building Codes- located on the second floor of City Hall- 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at this time they are only processing Hurricane Harvey related business. Permit fees have been waived.

Water Utilities Customer Service and Cash Management- located on the 1st floor - open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Public Health Department - located at 3040 College Street - open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Supplies in Lumberton

"All About Art Tattoo Studio" located at 863 S Main St, Lumberton, TX 77657 has been collecting clothes and supplies for anyone who needs it. They have it all ready to distribute to those in need at that location. Contact Ryan Green for any further info @

(409) 227-0113. They're open to more donations and will continue to distribute until supplies are out.

A drive to collect school supplies and uniforms is currently underway at Madisons on Dowlen for families across southeast Texas in need. Items can be donated to 4020 Dowlen Rd. in Beaumont Texas. More info is available on Twitter (@SE_Texas_B2S), Facebook (Southeast Texas Back 2 School) and email (se.texas.b2s@gmail.com). Distribution dates, times and locations will be announced at a later date.

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SCHOOLS

Lamar University - All Classes Will Begin Online Tuesday, September 5. Campus Opening: Monday, September 11, 2017.

Lamar Institute of Technology - LIT has postponed the start of the Fall 2017 classes until Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

Lamar State College - Orange: Lamar State College-Orange campus offices will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 13 and fall semester classes will start on Monday, Sept. 18

Lamar Stage College - Port Arthur: LSCPA will begin classes at all locations on Monday, September 11th.

Sept. 5

Brookeland ISD - Brookeland Isd will start school on Sept. 5

Woodville - Woodville I. S. D. will resume classes after the Labor Day holiday, Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

East Chambers - East Chambers ISD will begin school on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

High Island ISD - The first day of school will be now be Tuesday, September the 5th. We held off as long as we could but student safety has to be our priority.

Burkeville ISD - Sept. 5th

Newton ISD - Newton ISD will reopen for school on Tuesday, September 5th.

Sept. 6

Colmesneil - Students will return to school on Wednesday, Sept. 6

Sept. 11

Tekoa Academy - Students report for classes on Sept. 11

Beaumont ISD - The district announced students would return to classes Sept. 13

Port Neches-Groves ISD - Students will return to school on Monday, Sept. 11.

Hull Daisetta ISD - HDISD will resume classes on Monday, Sept. 11.

Lumberton ISD - Lumberton ISD will officially resume on Monday, Sept. 11. The Child Nutrition Department will be providing school meals free of charge for all students until Sept. 30. If your child needs bus transportation and is located in a place that is not your regular address, please contact the transportation department at 409-923-7494. The Lumberton Raider football game against the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns will be played on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Raider Stadium. This game will be free of charge to all in attendance.

Silsbee - Silsbee ISD will delay the start of school until September 11 to help those affected by these historic floods.

Diocese of Beaumont - "All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Beaumont will reopen for classes on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Teachers are asked to report for work on Monday, Sept.11."

Kountze - Kountze ISD as well as all other Hardin County Schools will be closed next week. The new tentative start date will now be September 11th. If anything changes we will post them on Facebook, our website and make callouts.

Bob Hope School - The Bob Hope School will resume classes Monday, September 11, 2017.

Spurger - Spurger ISD has decided to delay the restarting of classes until Monday, September 11th.

Kirbyville CISD - We have decided to delay the start of school until Sept. 11th.

Nederland ISD - Students will return to school on Monday, Sept. 11.

Ehrhart Charter School - We plant to start school on Monday, Sept. 11.

Evadale ISD - School will resume Monday, Sept. 11.

Warren - Warren ISD will not return to school until Monday, September 11th.

West Hardin ISD - West Hardin County Schools will be closed UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 due to the effects of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.

Buna ISD - Buna ISD will be canceling classes and all events until September 11th due to the effects of hurricane Harvey.

All Saints Episcopal School - Classes will resume on Monday, Sept. 11.

Deweyville - Students will return to school September 18. Teachers will return to school September 15.

Office staff, custodians and maintenance are needed now so work on getting your own place under control but as soon as you are able to work, come on up.

Catholic schools - St. Mary Catholic School, Orange, will resume classes on Monday, Sept. 11.

St Catherine of Siena Catholic School, Port Arthur, will resume classes on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Staff is to report to school Monday, Sept. 11.

Legacy Christian Academy will now resume school on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Beaumont are continuing to evaluate the situation in order to resume classes in a safe environment.

West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD - Students will return to school on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Standardized dress will not be required for students at North Early Learning Center, WOS Elementary and WOS Middle School; however, campus administration will reserve the right to address any dress attire that may be deemed inappropriate.

Students at West Orange - Stark High School will observe their normal campus dress code.

Port Arthur ISD - Wilson Early College High School and Co-enrollment students will return on Monday, September 11th at the regular time. For other students, school resumes Sept. 18

Hamshire-Fannett -Hamshire-Fannett ISD intends to start school on Monday, Sept. 18

Hardin Jefferson ISD - HJISD Students Return to class on September 19, 2017

Hardin-Jefferson ISD students will start back to school on Tuesday, September 19th, at normal school hours. Faculty and staff will return to campus on Monday, September 18th. Bell Schedule: HS 7:55-3:10; CE 7:55-3:25; SLE 7:55-3:15.

Henderson Middle School 6th grade students will be split between Sour Lake Elementary and China Elementary. If you reside in Hardin County, your child will go to Sour Lake Elementary. If you reside in Jefferson County he/she will go to China Elementary.

Henderson MS 7th and 8th graders will all go to Hardin-Jefferson High School. All elementary students will go to their regular campus.

Transportation:

We will have two pick up points in Beaumont for displaced students. One will be at Ritter Lumber on Hwy 105 and the other will be at Beaumont Municipal Athletic Complex on College Street.

Displaced students attending Sour Lake Elementary will need to ride the bus located at Ritter Lumber. Bus #31 will arrive at the pick up location at 6:25am and depart for school at 6:55am. Busses will arrive for afternoon drop off at 4:00pm and stay until 4:30pm. Students not picked up will be returned to the HJISD Transportation Facility.

Displaced students attending China Elementary will need to ride the bus located at the Beaumont Municipal Complex. Bus #32 will arrive at the pick up location at 6:25am and depart for school at 6:55am. Busses will arrive for afternoon drop off at 4:15pm and stay until 4:45pm. Students not picked up will be returned to the HJISD Transportation Facility.

Middle School and High School students can ride either bus.

All other students will be picked up and dropped off by their normal route bus.

Please call our Transportation Departments with any questions you have at 409-287-2929

We look forward to seeing all our students and staff next week.

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Sabine Pass - SPISD will be closed through Sept. 8th. We will continue to evaluate the ongoing situation through next week. Everyone continue to keep safe. Swim hard sharks!

Little Cypress Mauriceville - The plan is for staff to begin on Monday, September 18, and students on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Orangefield ISD - Due to the recent flooding throughout the area, Orangefield ISD will not hold classes for the immediate future. At this time, we want to allow our families and district patrons to be able to focus on the care of their family, friends, and neighbors.

Vidor - Vidor ISD will resume school Sept. 19

Evolution Academy Beaumont - No Date.

Bridge City ISD - Students return to school Tuesday, Sept. 12

Legacy Christian Academy - Legacy Christian Academy will begin school on Sept. 11.

Harmony Science Academy Beaumont - Resumes Sept. 11

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