Torrential downpour causing more closures

MLK at the Irving Street underpass (JCSO/

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. 

Port Arthur ISD has announced the district will be closed Tuesday, August 29 through Wednesday, August 30, due to the effects from remnants of Hurricane Harvey. The district is on standby for opening on Thursday, August 31st. 

Nederland ISD will be closed Tuesday, August 29, but will be on standby for opening Wednesday.  

Vidor ISD will be closed until Tuesday, Sept. 5, Vidor ISD spokesperson Sally Andrews said in a release.   

LCM and all Orange County schools will be closed the remainder of the week and will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5, following Labor Day, district spokesperson Sherry Combs said in a statement. This means that all scheduled games are also cancelled. 

Texas DMV's Beaumont office will also be closed Monday, Aug. 28.  

Texas Health and Human Services offices in the cities within Jefferson, Orange, Hardin Counties will be closed Monday, Aug. 28. 

All Stark cultural venues, including the Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Gardens, will remain closed through Tuesday, August 29. 

First Baptist Church of Nederland's offices are closed today, Monday, August 28, but their "ministry has not stopped," the church said in a statement. Anyone with needs should contact the church at (409) 722-0263 or call / text (936) 661-0533. "We want to keep up with you and pray for you," Senior Pastor Jason Burden wrote in an email. 

Beaumont's First Baptist Church cancelled all services on Sunday, August 27.

Calvary Baptist Church held an early morning service on Sunday before sending their parishoners home. 

The City of Beaumont asks that you call (409) 785-4700 to report any damage assessments to City of Beaumont residences and businesses such as roof damage, flooding and structure damage. Use this line instead of 311 for City of Beaumont damage assessments only.

Use 311 for other information and 911 for life threatening situations. Do not use (409)785-4700 to report emergencies: this is damage assessments and reports only.

Volunteer activities at several Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisons were suspended before Harvey's landfall as of Friday, August 25, including the following facilities: Clemens, Connally, Darrington, Garza East, Garza West, Gist, Glossbrenner, Henley, Hightower, Hospital Galveston, Jester I, Jester III, Jester IV, Kegans, LeBlanc, Lopez, Lychner, McConnell, Plane, Ramsey, Scott, Segovia, Stevenson, Stiles, Stringfellow, Terrell, Vance, Willacy, and Young. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has closed the visitation building at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility from Friday, August 25 through Thursday, August 31.  

- Eleanor Skelton

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Jefferson County Courthouse personnel have been informed that the entire building will be closed for Monday, Aug. 28, as Hurricane Harvey continues to drench the region. Most school districts, including Beaumont, LC-M, Vidor and Port Arthur, have canceled classes for Monday as well, along with Lamar University and LIT, which are also closed Tuesday.

The city of Beaumont will close non-essential city offices Monday, Aug 28. Non-essential city services will not be available. This includes the Best Years Center and Sterling Pruitt Activity Center, which will be closed to normal operation Monday.

The City of Port Arthur will only have essential personnel reporting for work on Monday, Aug. 28, but Port Arthur Transit will be running Monday. However, there will be no trash/garbage pick up Monday for Port Arthur residents, and the Municipal Court will not be open. Customer service and water utility collections will also not be open. For continuous updates please visit

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with local and county agencies, is urging Southeast Texans to stay off the roadways. Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties have received an enormous amount of rainfall, leading to localized flooding along city streets, frontage roads and major highways.

If citizens have questions about road conditions, visit for the most current information on Texas road closures and highway conditions.

Residents should report any suspected price gouging or scam contractors to the Office of the Attorney General at 800-621-0508 or by email at consumeremergency [at] oag [dot] texas [dot] gov. During a declared disaster, state law prohibits businesses from charging exorbitant prices for necessities such as gas, food, drinking water, clothing, etc.

- Jennifer Johnson