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Rumors rose almost faster than floodwaters during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Locals reshared social media posts claiming that flesh eating bacteria was lurking in floodwaters, animals lost during the storm were being euthanized at Ford Park, and FEMA was requiring that homeowners place signs on debris removed from flooded homes forbidding its removal until the debris was documented.

All untrue.

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CSI Aviation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sent a Seeker Aircraft, Seeker SB7L-360, to Southeast Texas to capture imagery of flood-impacted areas following Hurricane Harvey for local agencies. The CSI team assisted Orange County by providing high-definition images showing potentially problematic developments in the community.

CSI Aviation Business Development Manager Chris Bieber was at the Orange County Airport and Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Sept. 12 while a two-man crew surveyed the surrounding landscape.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Southeast Texas law enforcers are being called out to keep the peace as tempers flare and domestic disturbances erupt due to abnormal living arrangements and high emotions resulting from the storm’s disastrous flooding, and a higher than average number of area folks are being committed to mental health facilities, likely due to stressful conditions, according to officers.

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Golden Pass Products announced at a press conference Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce that the company will donate $1.5 million to assist with relief efforts in Southeast Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“This fund will help Port Arthur, Jefferson County and Southeast Texas recover from damages this storm has caused,” said Sean Ryan, president of Golden Pass LNG.

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Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:43 a.m., Beaumont police responded to a major crash involving a truck and a motorcycle. Both vehicles were traveling west in the 5700 block of Washington when the driver of the truck attempted to make a U-turn. The motorcycle was unable to stop and struck the front left quarter panel of the truck. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to injuries suffered in the wreck.

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