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A list of Southeast Texas closures, cancellations due to inclement weather

Hurricane Season

-Jefferson County Courthouse

The Jefferson County Courthouse will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday and tentatively reopen at 1 p.m. Thursday depending on conditions.

- Jefferson County DPS Office:

As Tropical Storm Cindy takes aim at the Texas coast, the Texas Department of Public Safety is temporarily closing the driver license offices in Jefferson County today at 2:00 p.m. The offices are located at 7200 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont and 900 4th Street in Port Arthur. Based on the path of the storm and its impact in the area, the department may extend this temporary closure. The department will provide updated information to the public about the status of these offices. Customers may also check the status of individual offices here.

Customers may continue to conduct driver license transactions at offices unaffected by the storm. DPS is also reminding customers that many Texans are eligible to forgo a trip to the office completely via online renewal of their license, identification card or change of address at www.Texas.gov. Customers can also renew by phone at 1-866-357-3639. The eligibility requirements for phone renewal and online renewal are the same. The fee is the same for online, in-person and telephone renewals.

-Newton County

County Judge Paul Price has declared a state of disaster in advance of Tropical Storm Cindy based on the potential impact. It'll remain in effect for at least seven days.

- Beaumont Independent School District:

All BISD STAAR testing, summer school and summer feeding programs will be cancelled due to inclement weather tomorrow, June 21. Conditions will be re-evaluated Wednesday and updates will be provided. Summer school employees should not report to work tomorrow. All contract and non-contract employees scheduled to work Wednesday, June 21 will report at their regularly scheduled time.

All testing, summer school and summer programs will be cancelled due to inclement weather tomorrow, June 22. Summer school employees should not report to work tomorrow. Summer programs and testing will resume Friday, June 23.

All non-contract and contract employees will report to work at their regularly scheduled time.

- Nutrition and Services for Seniors (Beaumont):

Due to the potential of flooding and high winds we sent out shelf stable meals today, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, to our homebound clients in case we would not be able to serve on Thursday, June 22nd. As we gathered weather information and talked to others, we made the difficult decision to close on Thursday. We will resume services on Friday, June 23, 2017.

- Hamshire Fannett ISD:

All district operations will be closed for the remainder of the week. Board meetings for Thursday, June 22 have been canceled.

- Lumberton ISD

Lumberton ISD will not have any student activities on Thursday, June 22, 2017 due to Tropical Storm Cindy. This includes STAAR testing, summer school and camp activities.

All student activities will resume on Friday, June 23, 2017 as scheduled.

- Port Arthur Independent School District:

The District will be closed Wednesday, June 21, due to impending inclement weather. A decision on Thursday's schedule will be made tomorrow and makeup day will be made at a later date. The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

The Port Arthur Independent School District will remain closed through Thursday, June 22nd due to the uncertainty of the weather that could potentially impede travel for students and staff.

The District will reopen on Friday, June 23 for a makeup day for all employees from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Classes will resume from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for elementary students and 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for secondary students in the summer enrichment programs. Fifth and eighth grade students that need to retake the STAAR Reading test will do so on Friday. High school students that were scheduled to retake the English II and /Social Studies STAAR tests will take them on Friday during the previously scheduled time.

The safety of our employees and students is of most importance to us. Should anything change, we will contact you immediately. Please follow the District's website, social media pages as well as the local media for more updates.

The Port Arthur Independent School District will remain closed through Thursday, June 22nd due to the uncertainty of the weather that could potentially impede travel for students and staff.

The District will reopen on Friday, June 23rd for a makeup day for all employees from 7 to 5 p.m. Classes will resume from 8-3 p.m. for elementary students and 7:30-2:30 p.m. for secondary students in the summer enrichment programs. Eighth grade students that need to retake the STAAR Reading test will do so on Friday. High school students that were scheduled to retake the English II and /Social Studies STAAR tests will take them on Friday during the previously scheduled time.

The safety of our employees and students is of most importance to us. Should anything change, we will contact you immediately. Please follow the District's website, social media pages as well as the local media for more updates.

- Port Arthur charter school:

Tekoa Academy will not have Summer school or Summer Enrichment Wednesday.

Families will be notified via school call system.

School officials say they will also keep families apprised of Thursday's schedule.

- Port Neches-Groves ISD

Due to the potential dangers associated with Tropical Storm Cindy, the PNGISD is ceasing operations on Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23, 2017. All summer school classes are dismissed for Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23. All non-essential personnel are released from duty on those days. Employees should contact their personal supervisor for additional information.

- Bridge City ISD

The District will be closed today at noon, Wednesday, June 21, due to impending inclement weather. A decision on Thursday's schedule will be made late Wednesday/early Thursday. The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

- Vidor ISD

Due to the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow, Vidor ISD has cancelled all student classes and activities for Thursday, June 22. Staff will report as usual, but students will not.

Students at Vidor High School taking STAAR tests will take those tests on Monday.

If your student was enrolled in cooking camp through VISD Community Education, the camp will conclude on Monday from 1:30-3:30.

Girls' basketball camp will finish on Monday, same times as this week.

Summer reading camp will resume on Monday at 9 a.m. as usual.

- Beaumont's Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and Teen Center will close at noon Wednesday; Thursday's schedule is still pending.

- Orange County:

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center returned to normal operations today at 8 AM. The Emergency Management Coordinator will remain on call in case of further developments. We urge citizens to remain cautious of flooding in low areas of the county.

As a reminder, the Orange County Courthouse and all Orange County Offices will re-open for normal hours on Friday, June 23. However, Orange County Parks will be closed to the public until Monday. As always, the Orange County Jail and Sheriff’s Department will maintain their daily operations.

The Orange County Judge, Sheriff, Emergency Operations Center Staff, and Sheriff’s Department want to thank our citizens for their cooperation during this event. Orange County is blessed to not have received the severe weather that was experienced east of us.

Although Tropical Storm Cindy was thankfully not as significant for Orange County as anticipated by weather professionals, the actions of local and state officials should give the citizens confidence we are prepared for more significant events in the future.

The Orange County Commissioners Court Budget Workshop that was scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday is cancelled.

Orange County Stephen Brint Carlton has directed that the Orange County Courthouse and Non-Emergency Offices will close at noon Wednesday, June 21, due to tropical storm-level sustained winds, the potential for heavy rain, and possible storm surge from Tropical Storm Cindy. County offices will remain closed Thursday, June 22, with a possible reopening on Friday, June 23, pending further developments. The Orange County Jail, county law enforcement services, and the Orange County Emergency Operations Center will sustain operations throughout the event. The Road and Bridge Department will be on-call for further direction from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.

“The County does not want our citizens and employees traveling to County offices in potentially unsafe conditions. The safety of our citizens and employees, while still providing emergency services is of the utmost importance,” Judge Carlton stated.

Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton has directed the Orange County Courthouse and all Orange County Offices to re-open for normal hours Friday. However, Orange County Parks will be closed to the public until Monday. The Orange County Jail, county law enforcement services and the Orange County Operations Center will sustain operations throughout the event. The Road and Bridge Department will be on-call for further direction from the Orange County Emergency Operations Center.

Neither voluntary nor mandatory evacuations for any part of Orange County has been issued at this time. We remind citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and property especially in low areas that may flood. Orange County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation with input from national and state organizations and will provide updates through the local news media outlets as new developments occur.

Sand and bags are available at:

- Precinct 1 County Maintenance Barn located at North Hwy 87 at North Teal (If bags run out after 3:30 pm, then bags will not be replenished until the next morning. This affects this location only.)

- Precinct 3 County maintenance barn located on 2502 West Roundbunch Rd.

- Precinct 4 County Maintenance barn 375 Claiborne Street.

Residents are welcome to bag the sand to use to protect their homes from rising water. You must bring your own shovel.

Please publish the following to the General Public:

For updated information please visit the county's website http://www.co.orange.tx.us/emergencymanagement.html.

Also, Orange Community Action Association known to the public as “Meals on Wheels” of Orange County will be closed on Thursday due to the weather.

- South East Texas Regional Planning Commission is canceling its Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for noon, tomorrow, June 21 due to expected severe weather conditions. We will notify you when we reschedule.

-Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology will be closed on Wednesday, June 21 in anticipation of the landfall of Tropical Storm Cindy. All classes are cancelled and employees (other than essential personnel) are not to report to work. Updates to the campus status will be made available as conditions change. Announcements will be made via the ConnectED System, lamar.edu, lit.edu, LU or LIT social media and local news media outlets.

Lamar will resume its regular schedule Thursday, June 22. Classes will resume their regular schedule and faculty and staff should report to campus. Officials will continue to monitor the situation throughout the night. Notification will be made using the ConnectED system, lamar.edu, LU social media and local media if conditions worsen significantly.

Lamar State College Port Arthur resumed operations on Thursday morning with offices reopening at 8 a.m. and classes taking place as originally scheduled.

officials are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Cindy and its impact on Southeast Texas as they decide about whether classes will take place Thursday.

Administrators will make a decision regarding Thursday classes with an announcement coming at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 22.


- Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office:

Due to the likely possibility of inclement weather from Tropical Storm Cindy headed in our direction, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office and departments with non-essential personnel will be closing at noon tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21, and will resume normal schedules on Friday June 23.

The Sheriff’s Office has taken necessary actions in preparation for the weather including extra patrols, including watercrafts, starting tomorrow. Sheriff Tony Mancuso says, “We are expecting this to be a significant rain event. We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river. We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.”

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700 or 911 if it is an emergency.

- Bob Hope Elementary and Bob Hope High School has altered their summer school schedule as follows:

Wednesday, June 21 – Opens at normal time (8 a.m.)

The school will close at 1 p.m.

Thursday, June 22 – NO SUMMER SCHOOL for Elementary. MS/HS Students taking the STAAR exam should report to school at 10 a.m.

We are monitoring the weather closely and will adjust this schedule as needed to keep our students and staff safe.

School is closed Thursday, June 22

School resumes on Monday, June 26.

- Redeemer Lutheran Children's Center will be closed on Thursday, June 22

- Family Allergy and Asthma Center (Dr. Russell Perry) will be closed Thursday June 22.

- Galveston County:

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has issued a voluntary evacuation for residents on Bolivar Peninsula, including the unincorporated areas of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist. Residents who rely on medical assistance or those who cannot go without power for an extended period of time are encouraged to leave.

National Weather Service forecasts have predicted 3-6 inches of rain to the area, combined with 4-5 ft. tides and high winds, which could hinder transportation to and from the peninsula. Power outages are also possible as a result of high winds.

Judge Henry has warned residents of the area they might find themselves isolated as the heaviest winds and rains wash ashore, which could cut people off from emergency services like ambulance calls. The order will remain in effect from noon Wednesday and last through noon Thursday.

The combination of high winds and tides may also force the temporary disruption of the Bolivar Ferry raising the possibility the area could be cut off during the storm. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday ferry services were still running.

“The voluntary evacuation order is intended to alert residents of Bolivar Peninsula that emergency responders may be unable to reach them,” Judge Henry said. “Elderly residents and people with medical conditions should make plans to leave the area before dark.”

- Deep East Texas Council of Governments:

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) is rescheduling its Open House and Board Meeting that was set for this Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Nacogdoches. “We can’t expect our board members to attend a meeting tomorrow while Tropical Storm Cindy is traversing our region,” said DETCOG Executive Director Lonnie Hunt. “Many of them are involved in preparing for, and responding to, emergency situations in their jurisdictions.”

The “50 Years of Service” Open House, DETCOG Board meeting and its associated committee meetings and public hearings have been rescheduled to the following Thursday, June 29, 2017. The location is being changed to the Nacogdoches Civic Center at 3805 NW Stallings Drive due to the unavailability of the Nacogdoches County Annex.

The open house will be held from 11 a.m. till Noon with a luncheon and board meeting to immediately follow. Anyone needing information may contact the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Office in Jasper at (409) 384-5704.

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