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Harvey updates: Rainbow Bridge opens, Beaumont water pump station back on

Rainbow Bridge opens, Beaumont water pump station back on - Get the latest Harvey updates on schools, roads, water distribution

Get the latest Harvey updates on schools, roads, water distribution:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7

Beaumont trash pickup

The city of Beaumont is on schedule with residential trash pick up. Recycling and heavy trash pick up will resume on the regular schedule beginning Monday, Sept. 11

Beaumont damage assessment phone line

It is extremely important that every residence/business/structure, in the city of Beaumont that has sustained damages from the effects of Harvey, call the damage assessment line at 409 -785 -4700. This is vital when it comes to FEMA being able to assist citizens in the City of Beaumont during recovery efforts. Please call this phone number as soon as possible to report damage.

Beaumont libraries to open Sept. 11

Beginning Monday, September 11th the following city of Beaumont Libraries will be open from 9 am- 6 pm:

R.C. Miller Library- 1605 Dowlen Road

Elmo Willard Library- 3590 E. Lucas

Theodore R. Johns Sr. Library- 4255 Fannett Road

Beaumont Public Library- 801 Pearl Street

1:15 p.m. Update on 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.

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

12:16 p.m. from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office -I commend the great citizens of Jefferson County for their response to Hurricane Harvey. I applaud them and certainly our emergency responders for their amazing work and for their compassion for each other. All of the hard work has not gone unnoticed.

Hurricanes can bring out the best in people. Unfortunately, natural disasters can also bring out the worst in people. In the coming days, I anticipate that many contractors will be coming to our area to offer their services to rebuild our community. Most of them will be honest, will work hard, and will do a good job. Sadly, there will be those who will be dishonest and try to take advantage of our citizens. If you are unable to secure a reliable local contractor with a good reputation, proceed with caution. Insist on a written contract, and be very cautious about any amounts of money that are to be paid in advance.

One option is to ask the contractor for a list of items that he will need to get started, and go buy the items yourself and have them delivered to your construction site. Check out every contractor with the Better Business Bureau at 409-835-5951, and ask for written proof that the contractor is bonded by a Texas entity. Take every precaution to protect yourself from an unscrupulous contractor. Reputable contractors won’t mind a few questions.

Each and every citizen should watch and protect their neighbor and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. This office will not tolerate looters and burglars and thieves. We will prosecute them with the most serious offense available to us, and we will NOT offer probation. Looters and burglars and thieves will go to prison.

11:53 a.m. - Governor Abbott announces 'Commission To Rebuild Texas'

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas, which will be led by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. The Commission will oversee the response and relief effort between the state and local governments to ensure victims of the storm get everything they need as quickly as possible. The Commission will also be involved in the rebuilding process, focusing on restoring roads, bridges, schools and government buildings in impacted communities.

"Although the storm is over, the recovery process is just beginning, and it will require a Texas sized response," said Governor Abbott. "This new commission, led by Chancellor Sharp, will ensure victims get everything they need, and seamlessly provide resources to these devastated communities. Texas will not rest until this process is complete, and I thank Chancellor Sharp for his leadership on this commission."

In addition to today's announcement, Chancellor Sharp will join the Governor in traveling to regions impacted by Harvey to meet with local officials regarding the needs of their communities. During their meetings, Governor Abbott and Chancellor Sharp will also receive on-site briefings on the current response efforts in these areas and the ongoing recovery process.

State agencies in Texas will also play a major role in coordinating and collaborating with the Governor's Commission. The heads of following agencies will be traveling with Governor Abbott and Chancellor Sharp in their visits to local communities:

• Texas Department Of Public Safety

• Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

• Texas Health and Human Services Commission

• Texas Military Department

• Texas Department of Transportation

• Texas Education Agency

• Texas Department of State Health Services

• Texas Department of Emergency Management

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9:50 a.m.: Beaumont boil water notice update: The Lawson Pump Station intake system on the Neches River was put back in service at 3:30 p.m. yesterday, 9-7-17. Lawson Pump Station is a permanent intake and delivers water to the water treatment facility. It is reliable and will provide consistent, adequate water amounts.

Pressure is stable and running at approximately 70 psi at the Pine Street plant. Preliminary tests have been conducted, and we will continue to run numerous required tests to insure that the water is safe for consumption. These tests are required to pass TCEQ regulations. Some of these tests take 24 hours to process. As soon as all tests pass inspection and are clear of disease, we will lift the boil water notice.

The city will begin to flush the water lines as part of restoring service to the system and lifting the boil water notice. This flushing process will be conducted utilizing fire hydrants and coordinated through water utilities to minimize effects on current pressure. Please do not call to report open fire hydrants.

Biotronics Kidney center- will resume normal business hours for all dialysis patient. Please call to let us know if you are needing a chair time.

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9:43 a.m.: The Rainbow Bridge on Highway 73 between Bridge City and Port Arthur has reopened. Highway 73 just west of the bridge is down to one lane due to some remaining water. Please use caution.

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9:13 a.m. - Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick lifts boating restriction along Pine Island Bayou, Bevil Oaks and Tram Road.

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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 tentative goal is to resume operations on Monday, Sept. 11, but will make a final determination next Thursday Sept. 7.

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 - The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Beaumont are making preparations to reopen 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 - Announcement will come after Sept. 11.

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.

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 - School resumes Sept. 18

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

Hardin Jefferson ISD - Due to extensive damage to Henderson MS (3ft of water) Hardin-Jefferson decide to split MS students between other district campuses. Hardin-Jefferson school officials say they are targeting a Sept. 19 start date, with MS students at other campuses for 5-6 weeks.

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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U.S. HOUSE APPROVES HARVEY RELIEF

Governor Greg Abbott today released the following statement after the United States House of Representatives voted to allocate $7.85 billion as an initial down payment to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

“Today’s bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives is an encouraging sign that Congress intends to step up and ensure Texans receive the financial aid they need to rebuild in the aftermath of this devastating storm,” said Governor Abbott. “I am hopeful that the U.S. Senate will act quickly to pass this measure, which will serve as a down payment for future relief to help Texas recover. I want to extend my gratitude to members of both parties who voted in favor of this important piece of legislation.”

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FOOD AND WATER DISTRIBUTION

BEAUMONT

Water distribution:

1. West Brook High School, 8750 Phelan Blvd.

2. Babe Zaharias Stadium, 2445 Concord Rd.

3. Ozen High School, 3443 Fannett Rd.

* Phelan, Concord and Fannett Road sites running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4. The Southeast Texas Food Bank (3845 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) will continue with water and food distribution to the general public at the Food Bank facility from noon to 3 p.m.

5. Howell Furniture in Beaumont (6095 Folsom Drive) will be distributing two cases of water per vehicle Wednesday, Sept. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. This is on a first come, first serve basis.

6. Tekoa Academy and the American Red Cross will be providing hot meals to those in need beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6. Meals will be served at noon and 6 pm.

Meal service will be at the following locations:

Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies T-STEM High School-327 Thomas Boulevard in Port Arthur and at the site of the Future campus 3737 Doctors Drive (former Park Place Hospital parking area)

Food, water and other supplies:

1. The Golden Triangle Harvey Distribution Center, 1490 N. 7th Street, through the Salvation Army will be giving out boxes of food prepacked to feed a family for several days, as well as cases of bottled water starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

2. The New Light Church, 3780 Crow Road, will be serving free hot meals Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3. The Ebenezer Baptist Church, 675 College Street, will be serving hot meals for lunch Wednesday at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.

PORT ARTHUR

Food and water distribution:

1. The Breath of Life Ministries, 3700 Proctor Street, through the Salvation Army will be giving out boxes of food and water beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

2. Gilliam Circle...Food and water will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3. The Knights of Columbus Hall on West Port Arthur Road...Food and water will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4. 8601 Ninth Avenue in the Stonegate area...Food and water will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

5. Westside Community Center...Food and water will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

6. Memorial Stadium, 2500 Jefferson Dr...Food and water will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

NEDERLAND

Dinner Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Nederland

LUMBERTON

Food and water distribution:

1. The parking lot in front of Goodwill and Ace Hardware at 122 S. Main.

SILSBEE

Food and water distribution:

1. Palm Center at 975 East 327.

SOUR LAKE

Food and water distribution:

1. Lion's Club Park, S. Ann Street.

KOUNTZE

Food and water distribution:

1. Hardin County Courthouse Annex Building, 440 West Monroe.

ORANGE

Food and water distribution:

1. Northway Shopping Center, 3777 N. 16th St.

2. The Salvation Army, 1950 MLK Junior Dr., starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday

BRIDGE CITY

MREs, ice, and water are now available at the Bridge City Community Center, 105 Parkside. Please enter parking lot on baseball field side and exit on the library side. Tentative hours are set at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The city's curfew remains at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

VIDOR

Food and water distribution:

1. Vidor Middle School, 2500 Highway 12

NOME

First Baptist Church - 1985 Louisiana Street in Nome

LIFESHARE BLOOD CENTER IN BEAUMONT RE-OPENS

LifeShare is re-opening its donation center at 4305 Laurel Street in Beaumont on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The blood donation center plans to resume normal center hours.

Cancelled blood drives and closed centers resulted in more than 1,500 expected LifeShare blood donations not taking place due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey. LifeShare provides Beaumont area hospitals with donated blood, along with most of the hospitals in Louisiana, as well as some medical teams in the Houston area.

“We realize many people are focused on basic needs right now and so many have suffered great loss. For those of us who are fortunate enough to have our basic needs covered and can safely drive to donate blood, this is a way we can support the community and meet a vital need for patient care,” says Tina Martinez, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Center.

The center’s regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Mobile blood drive operations are being assessed on an individual basis associated with road conditions. Those traveling to a blood drive are encouraged to call and confirm the date and time.

For more information call 409-838-5289 or go to lifeshare.org.

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BEAUMONT ADDRESSES INFECTIOUS DISEASE RUMOR

The city of Beaumont late Tuesday addressed rumors that people in the area have tested positive for MRSA, Typhoid Fever, flesh eating bacteria, sewage and toxic chemicals.

These conditions are required by law to be reported to the city's health department there are currently no such reports, a city press release said, also reminding physicians, hospitals, and laboratories that these conditions are required to be reported to the local health authority.

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DEBRIS REMOVAL GUIDELINES

BEAUMONT

During after storm clean-up and demolition it is important not to place debris, building materials and furniture in the roads or ditches. If an emergency should occur, access by police, fire, and EMS can be hampered and delayed. For the safety of you and your neighbors please place all materials at the curbside and keep the roadways clear. Please refer to BeaumontTexas.gov (bulk trash) for further guidance.

ROADS

HARDIN COUNTY

Sept. 4, 7:48 p.m. - US 69 north and southbound between Beaumont and Lumberton is now open. Traffic is down to one lane in each direction in areas with remaining water on the road. TxDOT asks drivers to slow down in areas with water over the road.

ORANGE COUNTY

Sept. 4, 5:21 p.m. – I-10 westbound is now open throughout Orange County.

Sept. 4, 3:09 p.m. - I-10 eastbound is now open throughout Orange County. I-10 westbound from FM105 to the Neches River is still closed due to high water.

Sept. 3, 7:41 p.m. - Interstate 10 is OPEN at the Texas state line. We previously had it closed at the request of Texas authorities due to flooding. We currently have one lane open at milepost 4 and will open both lanes open once DOTD has an opportunity to pick up barrels, barricades, and lights at this location.

Sept. 3, 7:11 p.m. – I-10 westbound is now open in Orange County from the state line to FM105 in Vidor. I-10 east and westbound from FM105 to the Neches River is still closed due to high water.

CHAMBERS/JEFFERSON COUNTY

Sept. 2, 10:25 a.m. - I-10 eastbound is now open in Chambers and Jefferson County.

Sept. 2, 8:39 a.m. - I-10 westbound is now open in Chambers and Jefferson County. Near mile marker 834, traffic is down to one lane due to some remaining flood waters. Please use caution and slowdown in areas down to one lane. Eastbound is still closed at this time due to repairs being made.

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