Hurricane Harvey: Preparations and closures

Hurricane Harvey: Preparations and closures
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The City of Beaumont is providing sandbags to city residents beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, until 7 p.m. this evening and again Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.

There will be a maximum number of 16 sandbags per vehicle. They are available at the Public Works location at 2610 Concord Drive.

Sandbags are also available at the following Jefferson County Precincts:

Precinct #1 – 20205 Hwy 90, China

Precinct #2 – 7759 Viterbo Rd, Nederland

Precinct #3 – Jade & Hwy 73, Port Arthur

Precinct #3 – Hwy 124, Hampshire

Precinct #4 – 7780 Boyt Rd, Beaumont

Resuming at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 25, the City of Nederland will have sandbags available in anticipation of Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall, same residency requirements as before.

DPS encourages everyone to stay informed about changing road and highway conditions by visiting www.drivetexas.org.

Closures:

* Beaumont ISD will make decisions regarding a delay in the start time of Monday's classes or closing as more information becomes available. In the event of a delay or closure, parents will be notified through the phone messaging system and local media. Additionally, information will be posted on the district's website, Facebook and Twitter, and push notifications will be sent through the BISD mobile app.

* The Beaumont Farmer's Market will be closed Saturday, Aug. 26.

* The Department of Public Safety is closing Driver License Offices in certain counties for Friday, Aug. 25, including Jefferson and Galveston counties.

* “The Story of Boogie Woogie” by Ezra Charles, originally scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Jefferson Theater in downtown Beaumont, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Refunds will be available at point of purchase beginning Monday, Aug. 28, for ticket purchasers who cannot attend the new date.

* Lamar University has activated its Emergency Management Plan and is currently at increased readiness and is canceling classes scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28, and Tuesday, Aug. 29. Events scheduled for resident students will be held as scheduled. All other campus events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday are also canceled. Notifications regarding campus events and safety updates will be communicated through the university’s website, social media networks and Connect-ED.

• Lamar Institute of Technology will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28 and 29. Non-essential employees and faculty are not to report to work, and all classes are canceled.

• SAT testing scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, at Beaumont ISD's West Brook High School has been rescheduled for Sept. 16, 2017. Students are being notified by the College Board.

• The Stark Cultural Venues and offices will be closed throughout the day Saturday, Aug. 26. This includes the Stark Museum of Art, the W.H. Stark House & Carriage House, Shangri La and the Lutcher Theater.

After the storm:

• The State Bar operates a legal hotline — (800) 504-7030 — that helps people find answers to basic legal questions and locate recovery resources in the wake of a disaster. The toll-free hotline is answered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, and directly connects callers with legal aid providers in their area. Callers can find help with problems such as replacing lost documents, answering insurance questions, tenant/landlord matters, and consumer protection issues such as avoiding price-gouging and contractor scams. Those who qualify for further assistance are matched with Texas lawyers who have volunteered to provide free, limited legal help. You can find additional recovery resources at texasbar.com/disasters.

• Call 2-1-1 or your local food bank immediately following the disaster to learn about public food distributions and open agencies. Once a federal disaster area is declared, Texas will also have the option to activate “D-SNAP,” a federally-funded program that provides food relief through EBT debit cards. The Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont can be reached at (409) 839-8777 or www.setxfoodbank.org.

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