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A young man who lost control of his vehicle and then exited it while stopped on the interstate was killed when he was struck by another vehicle traveling eastbound on I-10 Aug. 26, reports the Beaumont Police Department (BPD).

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies and Sheriff Zena Stepens herself braved high waters Aug. 28 to assist with emergency evacuations and to check on local citizens flooded in due to the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Harvey, also warning people driving through inundated streets to be cautious of swift currents and ever-rising water. 

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Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick advises insured homeowners with flood damage to file their insurance claims immediately, before Sept. 1, due to legislation going into effect at the end of the week.

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The Vidor Police Department is warning residents about records flooding in the city and cautioning citizens to adhere to barricades placed to block traffic from flooded avenues. 

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, "We are having record flooding in our community. We need everyone to stay home and do not cross barricades. Most roads are flooded and passing vehicles are pushing water into residences. This event is catastrophic. We need to be respectful and safe by not driving on roadways. Most businesses are closed today."

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MLK at the Irving Street underpass (JCSO/Facebook.com)

Update 8/28:

Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest are now under mandatory evacuation orders, according to County Judge Jeff Branick as of 11:15 a.m. on Monday, August 28. 

Lamar University classes scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 have been canceled.  This cancellation is in addition to those announced for Monday and Tuesday. The university hopes that classes can resume on Thursday, August 31. 

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